A few days ago I went to London for the first time in about seven months to visit my good friend Ayesha. Obviously we had a fairly retro weekend, which included two trips to The Breakfast Club in one day. This is the one in Angel and there are three more in Hoxton, Soho and Spitalfields.
This chain – launched in 2005 – already looks like an old favourite among Shoreditch boys and girls and apparently there’s usually a queue outside. We went on a Friday morning and had to wait about 15 minutes outside (they don’t like you waiting inside…) and Ayesha said the line usually goes right around the corner on Saturdays and Sundays. But if it’s a nice day and you fancy eating inside you might get seated a bit faster.
Here’s to using DSLRs for mostly photographing food…
This is the posh sausage sandwich, which also comes with a veggie option. It was perfect and surprisingly light with smoked applewood cheese, a portobello mushroom and red onion chutney on a crusty roll.
The food is really tasty, the ingredients are pretty good quality and it’s not bad value for money for a place in London – our meals were just over £5 each.
Dessert – pancakes and berries with maple syrup and vanilla cream. Amazing.
On Friday night we went to The Breakfast Club in Spitalfields hoping to get into the speakeasy in the basement. To get into this place you need to ask to see the mayor but we got shot down because there was a big waiting list for the bar. We sat upstairs on benches from old school changing rooms and munched on fish finger sandwiches, burgers and fries. But were very jealous of those making it through the fridge door – the entrance to the speakeasy. But upstairs has a full bar and a cocktail menu so it’s a good place for a few drinks.
Each cafe has its own distinctive design but they all feature retro and upcycled furniture and 1980s pop culture pieces. My favourite design features were the My Little Pony vinyl wallpaper in the women’s toilet in Spitalfields, the disposable cameras hanging from string in the entrance for customers and the water served in Grolsch bottles.
Spitalfields pics from Fluid London –