The best thing about a hotel stay is the luxury of an indulgent breakfast.
While breakfast during the working week may consist of a quick bowl of cereal or a piece of toast on the way out of the door, a hotel breakfast is a completely different affair. You get to enjoy cereal, yoghurt and fruit compote before diving into a meal you’re unlikely to ever cook for yourself in the morning.
So which of London’s hotels serve up the day’s most important meal with aplomb?
Hoi Polloi at the Ace Hotel
If you like something a little out of the ordinary for breakfast, then the Ace Hotel is your place. The breakfast menu changes with the seasons but when we visited, we had the crab omelette with spring onion and coriander, and the avocado served with chilli and poached eggs.
The juices set you up for the day. I think we managed to have more vitamins than we’d had in the entire week previously in our glass of Emerald juice – kale, celery, cucumber, lettuce and fennel. It’s detoxifying and aids digestion, perfect if you’ve over indulged with cocktails the night before.
Ting at The Shard
Derived from the Chinese word for living room, Ting is the Shangri-La’s signature restaurant. And it’s the ideal setting for breakfast, managing to be glamorous yet relaxed at the same time.
Try the Oriental breakfast for £28/head, including Chinese rice porridge (congee) with a choice of chicken or seafood, along with pickles, soy sauce, peanuts and coriander. Or, if you fancy something more traditional, the full English is perfectly cooked with organic pork sausages and black pudding.
Room service at Claridge’s
There’s something deliciously decadent about being served breakfast in your room, lifting that domed silver platter lid, while you’re still dressed in one of Claridge’s fluffy white dressing gowns.
The Eggs Royale with smoked salmon and Périgord truffle is particularly special. We’re also fans of the Healthy breakfast, which includes pineapple, apple and ginger juice, along with poached egg and avocado on rye bread, and an anti-oxidant berry and pomegranate salad.
The dining room at the Mandarin Oriental
Breakfast at Mandarin Oriental serves up views of royal parkland along with a la carte options, Chinese and Japanese menus and healthy options.
In the summer you can eat alfresco on the terrace overlooking Hyde Park. The Japanese breakfast with detox spinach and pineapple juices, grilled salmon rolled omelette, pickled vegetables and tofu is a great start to the day.
Apero at The Ampersand
In the bright, white spaces of the cellar arches of The Ampersand hotel, Apero is styled in an industrial, yet gentle, way.
There’s everything from porridge served up with dates and brown sugar for £5, to more adventurous options like the avocado, feta and olives on sour dough with poached eggs and chorizo. Or if you’ve got a sweet tooth, you could opt for the homemade waffle with Nutella and banana.
Without doubt, London hotels serve up some of the best breakfasts in the world, whether you want traditional English or something more exotic.
Photo credits: The Beaufort, Ace Hotel, Shangri-La at The Shard, Claridge’s, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, The Ampersand.