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  • 5.0 star rating
    19/6/2014
    1 check-in here

    I have no idea how I heard about this place, but I'm so glad I did! The queue does start early and run late. We go there around 11 AM on a Thursday and only had to wait about 10-15 min. When we left almost an hour later, the queue had stretched down the block. Get there early!

    Ambiance is nice- mismatched tables and chairs, Pac-Man art on the walls. We ordered the fresh squeezed orange juice (why don't more places do this in the states?!!) to start. I had the Reggie the Veggie, a full English vegetarian style with beans, potatos, eggs, toast, veggie sausage, roast tomato, and mushroom. It was more food than I could possible hope to finish. My boyfriend got the Full Monty (full English) and almost cleaned his plate. He hates blood pudding but raved this one was done properly and ate it all. Considering the line outside, we never felt rushed or unimportant. The price was good for the amount of food we got and we were full til dinner time.

    We will definitely come back next time we're in London and will recommend to all our friends!

  • 5.0 star rating
    10/5/2014
    Listed in Best Lunch Spot

    I've always been a fan of The Breakfast Club.
    Big portions, decent prices, and tasty food. Only caveat is to avoid peak hours because of loooonnnggg lines (no reservations, unless weekdays after 6pm).

    The Soho location is the smallest of the other Breakfast Clubs. The menu is smaller, eg) they only offer the Moroccan Chicken Salad (£8.50), and not the other 3 that you see on the online menu (Waldorf'ish Salad, Mardi Gras Salad, Rocket & Parmesan).

    I was in the mood for healthy, so was impressed with the Moroccan Chicken Salad. Portion was good and got full. It was fresh and not overly done with the tzatziki. The grilled red and yellow peppers gave the salad an extra meaty touch and flavor.

    Also, ordered the When Haloumi Met Salad Wrap (£8.30). It was delic. Came with a side of coleslaw and some lamb's lettuce. If you're not a fan of coleslaw, cancel it out. The mayo was oozing about and I didn't like it. The wrap was tasty- the balsamic reduction was on point and added good flavor. You can also request to make the wraps into a salad version. Next time I will probably do this because the balsamic would be a good dressing.

    The juice maker was broken during my visit, so was a bummer. Hopefully they've fixed it by now.

    It's BYOB after 6pm at this location.

  • 3.0 star rating
    25/4/2014
    1 check-in here

    Yes, I like this place I really do. But like everyone else who actually lives in London, when you see a queue outside the breakfast club, you turn around immediately!

    There's nothing damningly bad. It's just SO. NOT. WORTH. IT. Today I queued for 50 whole minutes with a friend who wanted to see what all the fuss is about (fair enough) and so we waited.. Everyone else in line were most definitely tourists.

    I normally get the pancakes & bacon, and what can I say, it was decent, as always - fluffy enough (but could be fluffier), perhaps a touch bland and a little stodgy (though not off-puttingly so. I'm nit picking). Personally, Balans is my pancake place of choice. They are just much better - light, tasty, with crispy crispy bacon and cheaper! We also got the pulled pork burger, apple and cinnamon french toast and eggs benedict as well and alas, all similarly average. The poached eggs themselves surpassed expectations, as did the chips (which came with the burger) but really, nothing to shout about and I think we were almost desperate to point out something good.

    In short, at odd hours of the day, it's a nice chill place to catch up with friends, the decor's all kitschy-pick-and-mix-cute-kinda-comfortable, the staff are always friendly and the notes on the wall are a nice touch but NEVER AGAIN WILL I QUEUE TO DINE HERE. Just go to the one in Hoxton, it's usually far less crowded.

    Also, they've taken the chocolate caramel milkshake off the menu. MINUS POINTS :(

  • 4.0 star rating
    14/4/2014
    1 check-in here

    If you can get past the crowded feel, this little place is delightful! I popped in an hour or so after they opened, and was lucky enough to get a table by myself on a weekday. Definitely loved the trendy/hipster vibe inside. I have a major weakness to anything benedict or benedict-like, so I ordered the Eggs Royale (Smoked salmon on toasted English muffin with hollandaise), which came with a small side of greens (spinach?) drizzled with a vinaigrette. Definitely liked it a lot! Also got an fresh-squeezed orange juice with my meal.

    Overall, I was pretty happy with my meal. I do wish that the portions were a wee but more. Also, one of the poached eggs were a bit more overdone than the other... which I found odd, and the taste of the vinegar or whatever they used was a little too detectable for me... But overall, I would still come back for another meal!

  • 4.0 star rating
    6/4/2014
    Listed in Close to Campus

    Perfect place for weekday brunch. Came here at 11AM on a Friday, heard about the queues but we didn't have to wait long and there was no queue outside once we were seated.

    This location is my favourite because it's not far from Bloomsbury campus and fits right into a student budget as well! I ordered the pancakes + bacon with a breakfast smoothie. Both were delicious but I was expecting the smoothie to be a bit larger for the price. Service was excellent and they even gave us cute button pins that read "The Breakfast Club - Soho" I thought that was very nice. Can't wait to come back here again and try more of the menu!

  • 4.0 star rating
    19/5/2014

    Tried Full Monty(breakfast platter of egg, sausage, bean etc) and fish sandwich , both are equally great. As a visitor of London, I had a great food experience in this place.

  • 4.0 star rating
    14/1/2014

    Took my brother in here in the middle of the afternoon one day last week and was pleased to finally see there was no queue. I think it's quite ridiculous there is such a queue all day every day, it is frustrating because its a great place but who wants to wait outside for 30-40 minutes on a weekend ? Every time I end up going elsewhere instead of waiting. It has that hipster feel to it, it's "a place to be", which I like but I'm not bothered enough about to wait that long.

    Having said that, once inside it is indeed the ideal breakfast place, the look and feel are spot on and the food absolutely great at a totally reasonable price. I do understand people hang around at the tables for a while and have to say that despite the resulting queue I do think its nice the staff respect a lazy lunch instead of encouraging faster turnover.

    Over all I'm half enthused half frustrated ! Would go again if there is no more than a 15min queue.

  • 4.0 star rating
    19/5/2014

    Delicious! Great service, awesome food, even better music playlist! Had to wait in a little line to get in, but was definitely worth the wait. My husband and I love breakfast and this one did not disappoint. The atmosphere of the place is very chill/hipster with non stop music from the 90's. Couldn't ask for anything better. Also, order the flat white. You won't regret it!

  • 5.0 star rating
    12/2/2014
    5 check-ins here

    I order takeaway form here about once a week. It is breakfast euphoria in a box. I'm not joking here. Yes, there is a long line. Yes, it is small and crazy. None of that matters. The food is amazing. They have the best eggs Benedict I have ever had. The staff here deserve an award. For as busy, and crazy as it gets, they are still the most pleasant people you will encounter that day. They have to be taking happy pills.

    Pros:
    * Great food
    * Amazing service
    * Large portions

    Cons:
    * They never have cutlery for takeaway
    * The queue
    * The price is a little high for breakfast

  • 5.0 star rating
    23/4/2014

    This is a great little brunch place, tucked away off of the busy surrounding streets. It's easy to find with its bright yellow facade and long line out front (even on a weekday morning). But we were seated within 10 minutes or so. The wife ordered a flat white and the chorizo and potatoes dish while I stuck with Coffee and the All-American (pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes, and an angioplasty). Servings were HUGE and neither of us could finish our plates. Staff is very friendly and the kitschy interior has an obviously distinct vintage 80s vibe. As well as an odd introduction of Elvis throughout. The menu will give you a few chuckles if you read some of the commentary. And where can I get me one of the mugs?!

  • 4.0 star rating
    26/11/2013
    1 check-in here
    Listed in Soho Eats

    Tuesday morning, 8am, and the place was already 80% full. We got flat whites, a pulled pork sandwich, huevos rancheros, and a side of French toast. This place does a solid, no-nonsense breakfast. Neither the pulled pork nor the huevos were anything close to authentic, unfortunately, but it wasn't for wont of trying. Next time we'll be trying more traditional breakfast options, because the kitchen clearly knows what it's doing, and the home fries were amazing. The French toast side, for the Americans, is savoury egg toast rather than the sweet French toast we're used to; good, but be aware if that's not what you're craving.

    Prices are a touch steep, though consistent for Soho (think a tenner per main) but the portions actually reflect that, so you're definitely not walking out of here hungry.

    Bonus points for the warm, bubbly Scottish server. She was delightful.

  • 3.0 star rating
    5/2/2014
    1 check-in here

    So we got to this place, say 10ish... and already there was a line outside which we also joined before we could get in, eventhough there were free tables for two, the group of 7 before us had to be helped first, a bit weired to leave a table unoccupied just because the first group is too large to fit. The food was proper and the guy working there was very friendly and crazy in a good way. All in all it was an average experience given the price, quality an the waiting time.

  • 4.0 star rating
    28/11/2013
    1 check-in here

    Poached eggs, avocado and bacon is the holy trinity of breakfast. I highly recommend it.

    Sadly WiFi does not work

  • 4.0 star rating
    30/5/2013

    Quick glance:
    + great staff
    + filling "breakfasts"
    + quirky decor
    - long queues

    I've heard so much about the Breakfast Club that it was time I visited. The Soho branch is the original, and there are now other Breakfast Club in various locations around London, including Shoreditch and Spitalfield.

    I was catching up with an old friend over Saturday brunch so we met outside the venue at 11am. I have heard about the queues but I thought I wouldn't mind since we had a lot to catch up on. It took an hour to get in, so it was technically lunch by the time we ordered. On the plus side, one of the staff came out at some point to hand out shot glass size of their fruit smoothies to appease us.

    The restaurant is tiny and quirkily decorated, reminding me of small American cafes you see in backwater, touristy spots filled with memorabilia left behind by tourists from around the world.

    The selection of breakfast items is fab - you can have a full English breakfast, American pancakes with the works, huevos rancheros, or you can opt for the healthy stuff like porridge and muesli.

    I ordered the huevos rancheros since the description was mouthwateringly delicious and I wasn't disappointed. The plate of food came quickly and it looked better than it sounded. And the taste? Even better!

    The "mains", if you will, seems expensive for breakfast, at under a tenner, but considering I subsequently couldn't eat another thing the rest of the day I would say its a bargain!

  • 4.0 star rating
    20/6/2013
    2 check-ins here

    The Breakfast Club is a great place to go for brunch, but make sure you plan ahead. I'd heard so many great things about it, so I arranged to meet with a group of friends there for brunch but ended up having to eat somewhere else the line was so long! It is definitely not one of those under-wraps restaurants. It's good, and everyone knows it. Don't expect the creme de la creme of swankiness when you walk in. It's a divey, hipster, warm place. Not meant for the faint of heart when they see a sticky spot on the table.

    Of the 2 times I actually ate there, a wait was necessary. Once was around dinner so it wasn't too bad, but the time I went for brunch (knowing about the lines) we all had to wait about 30 minutes. Turnover isn't fast here, so you'll have to slowly wait for your breakfast. The staff there is always nice, playful, and helpful if you have problems with being indecisive like me.

    The time I went with a big group of friends, we were all starving. After looking over the extensive menu, we decided to order a bunch of sides in order to get variety. I ordered french toast, eggs, bacon, and potatoes. All for £7! It was incredible. The waiter brought me my plate that was filled to the brim. 4 pieces of french toast, scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, and delicious potatoes. I was in heaven, and so was my wallet.

    I would come here again and again, but the line is so restricting!

  • 1.0 star rating
    16/7/2013

    I'd never heard of this place but we were in Soho and we fancied an omelette & chips. So we googled "all day breakfast Soho" and this place came up first. It was 19:30. So we rushed to this place and were delighted to see 5-6 different egg options on the menu. However soon afterwards, the waiter announced to us that they don't actually serve breakfast that late in the day. I mean, come on! It's the "Breakfast Club" the one thing you should serve all day is Breakfast!

    Since they have eggs in the menu (and I would think a frying pan) I don't see why they couldn't just make the omelette but there you go.

    Tip: if you do manage to order, stay away from the chips and the guacamole. Both very disapponting.

    PS: there's no link between the classic 80s film and this place (not that we expected it but it just makes the name of this place even more pointless and an enigma).

  • 2.0 star rating
    8/2/2014

    Had to queue for over an hour for a pretty average meal. I think I made a mistake in my ordering as I got the avocado, poached egg and bacon on toast which is something I can make myself to a way better standard! The avocado had been in the fridge (health and safety so I guess not a bad thing...) which just meant it was very cold and actually not very pleasant against the egg and bacon.

    A positive thing about this place is the staff. I have no idea how they remain so paitent! You don' feel pressured to leave when you finish your meal which is nice, unless you are in the queue looking through the window at someone taking 30 minutes to finish a cup of coffee!

  • 3.0 star rating
    16/5/2013

    - Quaint diner decor: check.
    - Unreasonably large portions: check.
    - Crispy bacon: check.

    In short, this is the type of food that you can find anywhere in the States. It's American food, but I'm not sure if it's extraordinary American food. I ordered the apple & cinnamon french toast, and I loved the caramelization on the apples. I also appreciated how my "side" orders of scrambled eggs and bacon were served in their own bowls filled to the brim. Yay gluttony! Since I came on a Wednesday afternoon (breakfast is served until 5pm), I have no horror stories about long queues.

    I would really like to give this place 3.5 stars, but I'll round down to 3 because I do not foresee myself travelling out of my way just to eat here again.

  • 4.0 star rating
    14/1/2013
    1 check-in here

    After you survived the queue outside, you can enjoy a good breakfast or brunch. Try to find a good timing so you are not super hungry while doing the line but get hungry once inside ;)

    I had a full English breakfast and my friend had berry pancakes. Both were really good. Our drinks were very simple (coffee and latte). The service was good. Helpful and efficient.

    I would go there way more often if there wasn't this huge queue...

  • 5.0 star rating
    4/11/2013

    Be early! Fills up very fast, but is definately worth the wait. Large portions, pricey but very tasty. We had the 'Full Monty' and what can I say: Very British indeed! It' been quite an experience for us. Good service, all very nice!

  • 3.0 star rating
    28/12/2012

    After a morning of careful research on the best breakfast spot in town, I finally narrowed my choice down to 'The Breakfast Club'.  For starters, how could one go wrong with a place that's solely dedicated to making the most important meal of the day?  

    Upon arrival, I was immediately taken back to the "too cool for school" breakfast/brunch spots in New York and San Francisco.  Although these normally annoy the shit out of me, I was quite pleased to see a place like this in London.  Hip, busy as hell, and nearly impossible to get a seat.  Fearing the worst, we almost turned around and headed back to the always reliable Balans Cafe...however I couldn't stop staring at the eggs benedict and other delicious dishes that were being served.  Within 15 minutes we magically found ourselves at a table, practically rubbing elbows with the people right beside us.

    The decor of this place leaves a little bit to be desired.  I typically take photos of most places, however from every angle, it just didn't look great.  I decided to skip the photos and focus on the food.  I guess one could say it's cute. Let's just say I prefer modern over hip and kitch.

    The menu was hands down one of the most complete I've ever seen in London in terms of breakfast.  Spicy chorizo, full American breakfast with maple syrup, streaky (real) bacon, English breafkast, eggs benedict, breakfast burrito, etc.  I honestly felt like I had entered a portal that mysteriously placed me on the other side of the pond.  Being a true yankee that has no qualms with scarfing down a 1000+ calorie meal before noon, I opted for the full American Breakfast:  Two eggs scrambled, streaky bacon, potatoes, pancakes with maple syrup, toast and sausage.

    The food came out faster than I expected, almost freakishly fast.  I foolishly thought that I'd succeed in smashing every last bite, but I was clearly wrong.  That breakfast made the most of me.  In flavor, I'd give it an A.  It's really really hard to screw up breakfast food and let's face it... it's not world class cuisine  I'd give it an A++ for portion size, food delivery time and service.  I've actually had a tastier breakfast at Balans, but I'll keep coming back to the Breakfast Club to try everything on it's extensive menu until my belly can't handle any more... or at least until I get tired of waiting in line 20 minutes for pancakes that I probably could easily make at home in the comfort of my own kitchen.

  • 4.0 star rating
    8/4/2014

    no doubt the best place for a weekend brunch - but get here early because the queues are out the door!

  • 5.0 star rating
    14/11/2012

    People are often afraid by the waiting line in front of the restaurant. What's for sure is that you rarely get a table at the Breakfast Club without waiting for a while ...

    But once you're in, this is one of the best places you can go for a brunch.

    The smoothies are super good, the main dishes are great (I'm in love with the Breakfast Burrito), and I can testify that the Pancakes & Berries are much better than in a lot of places in NYC that claim to have the best pancakes ever ...

    If you go to London, you just HAVE to go there !

  • 2.0 star rating
    31/10/2012
    1 check-in here

    OK Soho. We need to talk.

    Stop going to The Breakfast Club.

    Why do you go here? It's crowded, dirty and falling apart.

    "But the food is good!"

    Really? The only saving grace of the food here is that the sheer quantity of it beats your stomach into a stupor from which it doesn't recover until well past lunchtime. The last meal I ate here (an eggs Florentine) was substandard to be kind. There was nothing to set it apart, the spinach wasn't properly drained making the muffin soggy, and the muffin was under-toasted. I've had a better Florentine in a Wetherspoon. Same about the breakfast burritos: Overcooked, dry, crumbly chorizo at an eye-watering price. The one saving grace was the tea (mint) , which was made with fresh leaves and pretty nice, I gotta say.   Face it: the food here is frankly average and overpriced.

    "But the atmosphere?"

    Oh, yes, let's talk about the atmosphere. The 'quaint', 'retro' interior is neither quaint nor retro. It's dirty, under-maintained and rickety. Every single piece of furniture wobbles like a drunkard and feels like it's passed through twelve different schools before winding up in this place.
    Finally, and this is really the nail in the coffin, you have to queue to get in. Unless you come at particularly unsociable hours, you're looking at around a 20-60 minute wait. Since when was it cool to crowd outside on a rainy day waiting for BACON? Bacon is more important than this, people. There are countless other places in Soho that do a respectable breakfast. The Star Cafe, for example, or even Bruno's.

    Please. There are better ways to spend your time than queuing outside this place. Do it for all of us.

  • 4.0 star rating
    7/5/2009

    The food and atmosphere were three stars, but the internet password was Emilio Estevez, which is eleventy billion stars.

    4-stars it is.

    We've only met once, but it changed my life forever.

  • 2.0 star rating
    14/8/2009

    Brunch is my favourite meal, so I wasn't going to take my visit to The Breakfast Club lightly.  I've been anticipating my visit to this place for months.

    Maybe it was high expectations (which I consider to have been offset by being really hungry)....but the food was so...well....bad.  Food took forever to arrive and it came cold.  I had the Full Monty - the toast was like a wet sponge, the sausage seemed undercooked...everything was just so...tasteless.

    Decor is cozy and nice, but the first place we sat I had the air conditioning blowing in my face ...we moved and found a table where the table was about 3 inches too high from the seats (I even stacked up 4 cushions to sit at the right height).  Ok, so it was because I'm 5'1" (or maybe just have a really short torso???)...but still!

    Not a bad place to try, but am not going to go back.

  • 5.0 star rating
    11/3/2009

    I first went here a couple of years ago on a visit to London. Since moving permanently to the big smoke it's become one of my most regular haunts not to mention winning the hearts of everyone I've ever taken there, meat eater and veggie alike.

    My personal fave food-wise is the 'All American' - sausage, eggs, bacon, mushrooms, pancakes and maple syrup.

    I've tried tons of other breakfast/brunch joints, some have been good with great food or a really nice environment but none have had the same great mix of relaxed shabby chic atmosphere, tasty salads or great greasy food {depending on what the doctor requires that day!} and amazing not to mention funnily named smoothies that are worth the trip alone! ('Blue Monday' or 'Mango A-Go-Go' anyone?).

    The Breakfast Club is the perfect place for the weekend hangover cure, a catch up with friends or a very informal work meeting (During the week their big table at the front is often taken over by the local media crowd for their informal brunch brainstorms).

    The only downside is that it's small... that's part of the charm too but you might not always get in. Big groups (4+) might have a bit of a problem if the table at the front is taken but otherwise it's perfect. It's worth any wait though!

  • 3.0 star rating
    10/4/2009

    Meh, it was just all right.

    I don't really see what all the fuss is about.  Perhaps I was in too bitchy a frame of mind to care about the hip kitschiness all over the walls and the eclectic furniture.  

    The food itself was good but nothing to write home about.  My pancakes were average, but they paled in comparison to a fluffy silver dollar stack at any American IHOP and the vanilla Greek yogurt accompanying them, while tasty, didn't quite make sense to me; I'm glad I asked for it on the side.  Robert D's greasy fry up was, well, a greasy fry up.

    To sum it up: friendly service, reasonable prices, perfectly adequate food

    Our take-away cookie was also simply average.  Eagerly consumed, but average.

    Would I go out of my way to go back?  No.  Will I return because I live nearby? Probably.

  • 4.0 star rating
    23/4/2009
    3 check-ins here

    What a lovely place to spend a morning - sipping smoothies and chatting with friends.

    The fantastic thing about this place is that they just don't rush you, it does make having a quick snack here difficult but it also means that if you want to sit and enjoy their free wifi - you can do that all morning.

    Their smoothies are fantastic and really a must!

  • 4.0 star rating
    5/11/2008
    Listed in Top Restaurants

    The Breakfast Club Soho is a cheerfully painted yellow cafe that offers an array of choice for breakfast and lunch. Uber-cool media types tend to pop in here for a quiet drink and chat or a hearty breakfast.

    The cafe offers sandwiches, smoothies, salads and the traditional English fry-up, which I chose to have this time. The eggs were on the good side of runny, toast chunky, baked beans plentiful and I washed this down with a mint tea. My friend Kate, also had a fry-up with fresh orange-juice. You get a lot for your money here, given the location and the staff are friendly and very polite.

    The atmosphere is very relaxed and I would definitely recommend the cafe to people who just want a chilled atmosphere to catch up with a bunch of friends on any given day. It tends to get very busy during lunchtime however, it's pretty much expected given its popularity.

  • 2.0 star rating
    9/11/2010

    'Eat my shorts!'

    I'd just like to start by saying that I desperately wanted to like this place yet left wanting to tell my waiter to do just that. It's a shame considering The Breakfast Club is one of my favourite Molly Ringwald films just after Pretty in Pink.

    Let's start with the service; this is where they definitely fell short. Cafes are, in my own personal opinion, a great place for 'table of 1s' to go and not feel completely 'out of sorts'. After a friend had raved about this place, I decided it was a good spot to get a bit of lunch and spend my afternoon out of the office getting work done without the concern that the waiters and waitresses would be breathing down my neck to 'get out'.  

    Not even close.

    Upon arriving, the hostess/waitress sat me in corner table that faced...wait for it...a wall. I wondered if I was being punished for being a table of 1 and not having more people with me? Perhaps I should have pulled my significant other out of work or invited the homeless person I saw earlier that morning for a late lunch just to subsidise their pay check? Regardless, I decided not to be a stereotypical New Yorker by demanding another table. After all, it was semi crowded (though towards the end of the lunch rush hour) and I didn't want to make a huge fuss. When the waiter arrived to take my order, it was as if I was asking the world of him. I was worried I might really upset him when I asked, a few seconds after taking my order, for a glass of tap water with my meal.

    For the duration of my time there I felt as though I was perpetually in the way of the waitstaff. Par sitting up entirely straight in my chair and ensuring my arms did not dare leave the perimeter of my table, I found I was getting knocked into more than most customers in the cafe. Perhaps this was because they sat me at a table that was probably once used for storage? I felt a bit like Milton from Office Space. Leave my stapler alone Lumberg! (Or in this case, let me drink my coffee and read my manuscripts in peace!)

    Once finished, I could feel the hovering presence of the waiter, expecting me to pay and leave. Seeing as the wall was my beautiful scenery for the meal, I was unable to tell if the main dining area was full. As I felt I had just as much as I could handle for one meal, I paid and exited the cafe. Upon leaving I noticed, much to my dismay, there were three free tables in the main area; all capable of holding more than 3-4 people.

    Now that I've just rambled on about the service, I'll leave a few lines for the food. To be honest, not much to say really. Good halummi and humous sandwich (though to be honest it was primarily spinach with three pieces of halummi and a thin layer of humous) and the coffee was satisfactory.

    In the end, I left less than impressed, and with slim chances of every returning.

    Bah humbug.

    Emilio E.
    Comment from Emilio E. of The Breakfast Club
    Business Owner
    16/11/2010 Hi Ashley,

    just read your review. Firstly sorry for the table, there's no doubt,  
    some of our tables…
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  • 3.0 star rating
    11/8/2009

    Maybe it's because I sat outside to eat that I didn't get caught up in this place as it appears everyone else has.  Looking at the facts of service and food this place was good, but not amazing.

    The service whilst incredibly friendly, was a little slow and a little erratic.  The OJ was freshly squeezed, the coffee good.  But the full [English] breakfast (Eggs, 2 back bacon, 1 sausage, portobello mushroom, tomato, beans, toast and hash brown) whilst fairly priced, was just "ok".  And frankly when you got Breakfast in ya name, you should be serving up a breakfast better than ok.

    If I were a school master and the Breakfast Club my pupil their report card would inevitably carry those immortal words; better, could and do.

  • 4.0 star rating
    10/6/2009
    Listed in Break this Fast!

    Dear Breakfast Club,

    Your pancakes are fantastic, sprinkled lightly with cinnamon and faking healthiness with your dollop of Greek yogurt and fresh fruit. You, in fact, lied though, drugging me with sugary syrup sending my glucose levels through the roof and then dropping me to the floor.  I was left with the inability to stay awake at work. Who knew all-day breakfast required an afternoon nap?

    Your tea was generous in size, your ambience, inviting but I second what Linzi M. had to say, your "Hippie's Exit" sign is cute, but not cute enough to make sitting next to the door a good feature.

    What can I say,  us Canadians are suckers for pancakes and yours really do runnith over.

  • 4.0 star rating
    16/1/2012

    One thing that I find is lacking in London, is the choice of breakfast and brunch. I mean, sure, there are many places that offer breakfast, but anyone who has spent even a few days in America, can see that the London scene really lacks good breakfast or brunch places.

    However, the Breakfast Club changes all that. Pancakes, French Toast, eggs, club sandwiches, English Breakfast...you name it. The Breakfast Club is perfect. However, it's not very big, and can get very crowded on weekends, with queues outside. But it's worth it.

  • 1.0 star rating
    2/5/2010 Updated review
    Listed in STEER CLEAR

    I am re-reviewing this place because I'm *SO* sick of getting the wrong order!

    The first time I went I loved it, but the last THREE times the service has been terrible and I'd been given something I didn't ask for. I wouldn't mind, but by that stage I've been so hungry I've just eaten it.

    Epic fail Breakfast Club. I'm so disappointed and I won't be giving you another chance. Hire some more staff for god's sake!

    3.0 star rating
    12/2/2010 Previous review
    Your experience will 100% depend on whether it's busy here. If you can stroll in, grab a table, and… Read more
  • 3.0 star rating
    2/2/2010
    1 check-in here

    OK.... not bad, not wonderful, just OK.

    Long wait to get a table, ordered a full English breakfast with no beans and extra mushrooms: right, it came without the beans but same amount of mushrooms than my friends dish...

    Portions: huge... Nice black pudding, fried potatoes, lovely fried onion... Not well cooked eggs.

    I liked the decor and the atmosphere, but the table where we sat was far too small to accommodate 2 dishes, 2 coffees and 1 smoothie.

    Not bad, but simply not worth it after a 15min wait...

  • 4.0 star rating
    19/1/2010

    Never before have I witnessed such a gigantic mountain of scrambled eggs and smoked salmon.  It was as if all the eggs from an entire farm had been scrambled onto one plate, coupled with a river's worth of fish.  It was so big I was convinced that it had its own gravitational force, pulling tabasco sauce into its orbit.  A small village could have feasted on that one plate of eggs.  But I digress.

    Given all the so-so reviews, I didn't have high expectations for the Breakfast Club.  But I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the coffee, the speed of the service and the mammoth portions.  Frankly they were so big as to be wasteful - when I finished it looked like I left a full plate behind.  My friend's eggs royale were better proportioned and perfectly cooked.  Call us satisfied customers.

  • 1.0 star rating
    15/10/2009

    So, my friend and I are HUGE fans of the Islington branch and try to go there every chance we get. So, while on south bank, we decide to hunt this one up. So we get geared up, I'm a-craving the Breakfast Club Club wrap (OMG....yummmm), we set off in pursuit of our quarry, weaving through the streets like zombies being taunted with brains...

    to find it closed. It was only 8 pm. It closes at 6 pm....SIX??? What, I repeat, WHAT closes at SIX in SOHO on a Thursday? Apparently, this place.

    Giant Fail.

  • 2.0 star rating
    27/5/2010

    Oh Breakfast Club, how you disappoint me.

    I've heard so much about you. Everyone says how awesome you are. You smell of pancakes and bacon and magical things from my childhood. You even have coffee mugs with freakin' Pac-Man on them.

    And yet, you left me feeling dirty.

    Dirty because my entire visit to your establishment was tainted by little tiny flies buzzing in and out of my face, my chai latte, my friend's haloumi wrap, and taking my patience with them.

    Now, I should base my review on the food, yes? (I didn't eat anything but my friend's food looked amaze.) My chai was nice, but it was served in a cup without a handle and I couldn't drink it for a good 10 minutes because I was afraid my finger prints were going to disintegrate if I held the glass for more than two seconds.

    Flies, in my experience, equal DIRTY THINGS. There must be sticky, scary things on the floor of this place. I appreciate it's been hot this week. I appreciate that with windows open, bugs get in. But this was not one fly. This was an extended family of flies, including all of their inlaws, all hanging out in one particular area - MY FACE.

    And so, Breakfast Club, I give you two stars. Not only for the flies, but because you may have altered my identify forever by stealing my fingerprints.

  • 3.0 star rating
    21/1/2010
    1 check-in here

    So I finally made it to 'The Breakfast Club'! I'd been meaning to pop my head in here for soo long and did so a few weeks ago. I'm a firm member of the 'brunch' club so I thought this would suit me down to ground, which it kinda did and didn't at the same time.

    I decided to go for a hot chocolate and the American breakfast, although I was eyeing up the Eggs Benedict (but I had to go back to work, and most def would have been starving within an hour or so). At the time I went, it wasn't too busy maybe 10 people max, but it seemed to be too much for the waitress to handle! She had me waiting for almost 15 mins (did I mention that I was on my lunch break), I was a bit miffed, but shrugged it off. Although it had calmed when she took my order, it still had taken her two attempts before my order stuck in her head!!

    Down to the food, the pancakes were good, very big (smiles) and tasty too. The scrambled eggs were nice too (minus the herb garnish) it wasn't really needed, but the bacon was very fatty and just not really nice. It was cold and didn't look very  edible, still I ate (no wasting here). The hot chocolate brought memories of my uni days when my flatmate used to put marshmallows in for me (great touch), I enjoyed this a lot! So much so, that I finished it before my food arrived!

    All in all, it's fine for a quick nibble, but I'll still continue my search for the bee knees in brunch-ery (that should be a real word)! ^_^

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