The London Notebook – Let’s Talk Breakfast

Welcome to a brand new Feature on the Phoenix Remix! One thing we really enjoy writing about is Travel and we have decided to expand on the writing we are doing about the topic! Whilst we are still keeping in the tradition of making our Tuesday Lunchtime articles inspired by a book it is also going to welcome Travel Tuesdays!

I have lived in London the majority of my life and it is a city that I have always been fascinated by because it doesn’t matter how many time you visit, you see something new.

Our brand new article is inspired by questions from a book called London Journal by Paperchase and each week we will look at different areas and topics about London! So, I hope you enjoy and lets kick things off!

London Quote of the Week

You find no man, at all intellectual, who is The man who can dominate a London dinner table can dominate the world

Oscar Wilde

This Weeks Topic: Let’s Talk About Breakfast

The Capital is full of lots of lovely places that you can visit for breakfast – whether you are a local, staying in a hotel or visiting for a quick trip there is always somewhere you can grab a nice breakfast. Ok, so let’s be honest there are a lot of chains in London, there are a handful of independents (which will hopefully still be there after the pandemic) but I can only go by my own experiences so sadly there will be chains on this list but that is the price you pay for working in the capital. So here is a list of some of my favourite breakfast locations.

I work shifts with my job so ‘breakfast’ can be at 3:30am, 6am and even 10pm! It really depends what time I start work so it means that there are certain places that feel sort of like comfort blankets and they have to have good strong coffee.

St Paul’s and Tate Modern Areas on Sunday

I am not in London very much on Sundays but if I am the best time to go is early morning. I love St Pauls and Tate Modern areas at this time on a Sunday morning because there is hardly anyone around – a lot of businesses shut down over the weekend and it is just a lovely way to see St Pauls. The best way to do it is go to st pauls walk around then take the Millenium Bridge over the water to Tate Modern on the South Bank. I have stayed in this area a couple of times on a Sunday and it’s just lovely to walk around. I tend to go to a coffee shop at the back of Tate Modern and watch the world of quiet London go by.

Waterloo Station

Ok, so this may sound like a weird one but some of my shifts used to mean starting at 10pm so I used to really like this as a place to have my ‘morning coffee’ at 9pm. At night away from the rush hour Waterloo Station is a really interesting place. I used to go to Carluccios because they have really strong Italian coffee and sit outside in the station – since it is on the balcony it is a great place to people watch and there are some interesting things to see at 9pm when it is less busy.

Double Tree Hilton Hotel, Canary Wharf

I stayed here once and the breakfast room is like any other hotel, buffet and a good selection. That is not why I liked this place for breakfast the thing that made it really special was the view. The view I had from my table was the Thames with Canary Wharf behind and it was such a beautiful view to look at whilst I was eating my croissant and drinking my coffee.

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