Top five breakfast venues in London

Breakfast. It's the most important meal of each day and, of course, a perfectly valid excuse to go mad with the frying pan at the weekend. But breakfast is more than that; it's an institution. Here's our pick of London's finest.  

Best for luxury - The Wolseley: If you’re looking for an elegant, possible celeb-spotting start to the day this should be your choice. The Wolseley is a timeless classic (see photo above), and its breakfast is no exception. Go for scrambled eggs and smoked salmon on toasted brioche, or for childish pleasures opt for the boiled egg with soldiers. 160 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9EB (02074996996) www.thewolseley.co.uk

Best for curing a raging hangover - Thanks For Franks: Frank's café boasts the most straightforward, honest to goodness full English breakfast in town; perfect if you’re struggling to see clearly after a heavy night. We suggest you try the ‘Full Monty’, particularly if you have some serious soaking up to do. Located just round the corner from our offices, it's a firm, firm favourite. 26 Fouberts Place, Soho, London, W1F 7PP (020 7494 2434) www.thanksforfranks.com

Best for business breakfast - Butler’s Wharf Chop House: This understated eatery is located moments from Tower Hill, making it a good breakfast meeting stop for anyone City-bound. Simple staples such as Gloucester Old Spot Sausage on Doorstep Toast are perfect if there are more pressing issues at hand. The Butlers Wharf Building, 36e Shad Thames, London SE1 2YE, (020 7403 3403) www.chophouse.co.uk 

Best for romantic breakfast à deux - Richoux: One only needs to step inside Richoux to be transported to a more romantic environment. The extensive breakfast menu includes classics such as Kedgeree and specialties like the New Yorker, and there is a pleasant buzz at even the most indecent hours of the morning. Locations in Mayfair, Piccadilly, Knightsbridge, and St. John’s Wood (0207 483 7000) www.richoux.co.uk

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Best for on the go, 24/7 - Beigel Bake: This bagel shop is known citywide for its prompt, inexpensive fare. If you need breakfast in a hurry or at an unsociable hour, look no further than Brick Lane. Try cream cheese and salt beef for a punchy start to the day. 159 Brick Lane, Brick Lane, E1 6SB (020 7729 0616) Charlie Jeffries