The Resident hunts out the best breakfasts and brunch spots in Chelsea, from healthy acai bowls to hearty breakfast tacos, eggs galore, freshly baked pastries and iconic terraces…
Lead image: The Ivy Chelsea Garden
The Ivy Chelsea Garden is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful brunch spots in Chelsea, especially if you’re dining alfresco on a sunny day. The restaurant garden is festooned with colour and foliage with lots of secluded little areas, long pergolas clad with wisteria and evergreen jasmine, plus cherry trees, fig trees, sculptures and a pineapple fountain and lily pond at its centre. There are separate menus for breakfast (served Mon-Fri 8am-11.30am, Sat 8am-11am & Sun 9am-11am) and brunch (weekends 11am-4pm), which tells you all you need to know. Choose from the like of lobster Benedict and a full garden breakfast with halloumi, avocado, poached egg, kale, hollandaise, potato hash, mushrooms and beans. You can even get crumpets with Marmite, mustard and parsley butter. The brunch menu combines the b est breakfast dishes with ‘lunchier’ options like a steak sandwich with Burgundy sauce dip.
197 King’s Road SW3 5ED; theivychelseagarden.com
2 Bluebird Chelsea
A well-loved local institution, the Bluebird Café’s usually packed front courtyard provides a great spot for people-watching during the day – you might even glimpse the odd Made in Chelsea star (Oliver Proudlock is a fan). Weekend brunches here are a serious affair, with a two-course or three-course menu available for £25 or £30 respectively. Choose from starters like granola, crushed avo and poached egg on sourdough, oysters or fried ham hock. Mains include New Yorker eggs with pastrami and pickled eggs, roasted cod with almond romesco and chorizo and minute steak with garlic butter and French fries. Dessert? Oh, go on then, how about vanilla cheesecake with Kentish strawberries?
350 King’s Road SW3 5UU; bluebird-restaurant.co.uk
3 Tom’s Kitchen
Tom’s Kitchen recently launched a new breakfast menu at the Chelsea site with new additions such as baked Turkish eggs with sumac yoghurt, sweetcorn fritters topped with grilled avocado and a side of chilli scrambled egg, as well as Tom’s trio of breakfast bruschettas. But don’t fret, Tom’s Kitchen favourites remain, including a full English breakfast and the good old bacon sandwich. For those on the lookout for lighter options, a new chia seed and acai super fruit bowl has been added to dishes such as fruity breakfast granola, porridge and a warm wholemeal breakfast scone. There’s also the Ultimate Truffled Eggs Benedict with a muffin topped with a poached egg, prosciutto and hollandaise with gratings of truffle. Breakfast is served Monday-Friday 9am-11am. Weekend brunch is served 9.30am-3.30pm.
27 Cale Street, Chelsea SW3 3QP; tomskitchen.co.uk
The recently opened, and dog friendly, Sloane Place restaurant and hotel in Chelsea serves an impressive range of breakfast options. Signature inlcude toasted sourdough with crushed avocado, feta, vine tomatoes, poached eggs and chilli flakes, Belgian waffles with mixed berries or back bacon and maple syrup, and blueberry pancakes with maple syrup. You can also choose form the eggs menu (omelette, eggs Benedict etc), the Light & Healthy menu (açaí bowl, coconut bircher müsli and more), or simply opt for cereals or toast.
62 Lower Sloane Street, Chelsea SW1W 8BP; sloaneplace.com
5 L’ETO Caffe
L’ETO’s culinary creations are so pretty you might find yourself unashamedly staring agog through the display window. It’s a wonderful place for breakfast or brunch (or afternoon tea, incidentally), with everything from granola to Australian Avocado Rye Bread Tartine, buckwheat and berries pancakes and an oyster, mushroom and cheese croissant, as well as larger dishes like red or green shakshouka and an Italian style breakfast with Pugliese burrata, scramble eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes and sourdough toast. Breakfast and brunch is served until 5pm.
243 Brompton Road SW3 2EP & 149 King’s Road SW3 5TX; letocaffe.co.uk
Brought to you by the group behind The Wolseley and Zedel, the Colbert on Sloane Square is a more relaxed venue, evoking the spirit of those all-day Parisian boulevard cafés. The setting is superb, overlooking the cross-section of Chelsea, Knightsbridge and Kensington on Sloane Square. Inside, every effort has gone into transporting you back to the 1930s with a dark wood décor, red banquettes, mirrors and white linen tablecloths. Petit Déjeuner is served from Monday to Sunday from 8am to midday and a whole chunk of the menu is dedicated to eggs – omelettes, scrambled and fried with a choice of accompaniments from mushrooms to ham or cheese, as well as Benedict, Florentine and Royale. You can even treat yourself to the Steak Hache Colbert with a fried duck egg. Bon appétit!
50-52 Sloane Square SW1W 8AX; colbertchelsea.com
7 The Physic Garden Café at Chelsea Physic Garden
Chelsea Physic Garden and Rocket & Radish unveiled a new partnership in January 2019 – The Physic Garden Café. Located within the beautiful surroundings of London’s oldest botanic garden, the tranquil café incorporates the abundance of organic and medicinal ingredients grown within the garden into its menu. The breakfast and brunch menu, served from 10am-12pm, is wonderfully varied, ranging from croissant with preserves or granola with yogurt and summer berry coulis, to eggs on toasted sourdough topped with either bacon, smoked salmon or herby smashed avocado, a breakfast frittata, or a full English. There’s also a diverse selection of vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free options.
66 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea SW3 4HS; chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk
8 Baker & Spice
The scented aromas of cinnamon and danish pastries will entice you inside this adorable bakery-cum-cafe. Baker & Spice has produced a daily fresh selection of cakes, croissants, pastries and cookies since opening its doors in 1995, and they serve up a cracking all-day brunch, too. Take a seat in the warm, cosy interior and choose from fresh breakfast pastries straight from the oven, a basket of assorted breads with homemade preserves, as well as heartier dishes like a full English, homemade pancakes served with maple syrup or caramelized banana and honey, and Eggs Benedict. Fancy something more original? Try the Baker & Spice open sandwich – choose from cured streaky bacon or Cumberland sausages, both served with fried eggs and carmelised onion on a toasted open sandwich. Served from 7am-2pm weekdays and 8am-4pm Sundays & Bank Holidays.
47 Denyer Street, Chelsea SW3 2LX; bakerandspice.co.uk
9 The Fox & Pheasant
This quintessentially British, charming pub on the Chelsea/Fulham border reopened in June 2018 after an extensive refurbishment by its new owners. Originally founded in 1846 for local canal workers, The Fox & Pheasant is a destination pub serving brunch every Saturday from 12pm-4pm. The menu is certainly one for those who like their eggs. Choose from dishes such as eggs Florentine, Benedict and Royale, fish cakes with poached eggs and smoked salmon, and scrambled eggs on toasted Guinness loaf.
1 Billing Road, Chelsea SW10 9UJ; thefoxandpheasant.com
10 No 11 Pimlico Road
Breakfast and brunch favourites at No 11 Pimlico Road include breakfast sourdough bruschetta with roast tomatoes, spinach, avocado and crispy bacon, banana and ricotta pancakes with coconut yogurt, and the hearty House Breakfast Burger with your choice of beef pattie or roasted field mushroom with crushed avocado, fried egg, Cornish yarg and burger sauce. There are also some wonderfully ‘out there’ choices including the Breakfast Tacos with fried egg, avocado, pineapple salsa, chimichurri chicken and feta, and the Breakfast Rice Bowl with sticky kimchi short grain brown rice, poached egg, avocado, spinach, slow roast tomato and pickled cucumber. Accompany your choice with a Press juice or Caravan coffee.
No 11 Pimlico Road SW1W 8NA; no11pimlicoroad.co.uk
11 The Good Life Eatery
The Good Life Eatery does exactly what it says on the tin – serves you up the good stuff. Dishes are fresh, vibrant and healthy, and they don’t discriminate between meal times. Opens from 7.30am on week days and 8am on Saturdays (closed Sunday), you can order anything from their classic acai or granola bowls, a vegan porridge, or more adventurous dishes like the Spartan Scramble (scrambled eggs with feta cheese, cherry tomato, Zaatar and a choice of toast), chestnut and almond waffle (with peach raspberry and chia compote, coconut yogurt and banana mash), and a build-your-own avo toast. There are also cold-pressed juices, coconut water, healthy shots and alternative milks for an additional boost of goodness.
59 Sloane Avenue, Cheslea SW3 3DH; goodlifeeatery.com