One of my favorite place for the english breakfast.
Food good, service so and so, amazing style, not good the queue during the weekend.
But really recommended!
Quirky, good atmosphere and packed on a Saturday morning when i went there to Break my Fast. However it came with a 20 minute wait before we could be seated.
The staff were friendly and accommodative., I have to say this cos HD asked for one fried egg and one poached egg with his All American Breakfast. I ended up having the Veg All American ( yup they have a veg option ) ., I was expecting the typical fake meat sausage which wasn't the case this ended by being something deep fried all crispy on the outside and under cooked batter on the inside. :( Meeh.
Decent sized portions Yes, American big No.
Perfectly poached eggs' We'll meet again.
I had booked a table for a Xmas lunch for 4 people at 1pm. I called to confirm our booking this morning, and although we arrived on time, we still had to wait to be seated - even though the restaurant was only about 1/3 full.
We ordered fairly quickly, but waited about 35-40 mins for our meals.. Which would have been OK, if all our meals were actually served. When the 3 of the meals arrived, our waiter said that my 'Number 3 Wrap' was still on the way... 10 mins later, still nothing. The waiter came over again to tell me it was on the way... Another 5 mins - nothing. My friends had finished with their meals (or in the case of the mex mac - she had eaten as much as possible - as it was basically an entire bowl of cheese with a VERY few pieces of macaroni), and were just waiting around for my mythical wrap, I went up to the counter to cancel it (time to go back to work - late!). Even after saying that we had ordered almost a hour beforehand, and that the other meals had come out except mine - no apology was offered by any of the staff.. Even the waiter that took our order in the first place didn't seem to care. And then when we were FINALLY attended to to be able to pay (another 5/10mins), they still had the audacity to charge for my diet Coke!?
I was really looking forward to a meal here, especially as I've heard all about it since moving to London - but after this experience, I'm extremely disappointed. What should have been a nice Xmas lunch with friends, left me hungry - and all of us annoyed.
Food was fine, but the service was very poor. One bearded waiter spent his time directing customers to the two worst tables in a half empty restaurant. He was very rude, and dealt with our request for a different table as a personal affront, completely ruined our visit, I will not be back.
We ordered the banana and bacon French toast and the half Monty. All was delicious, but the service was slow and they were out of soy milk and beet juice on a Thursday morning. Weird.
The food is absolutely delicious, mostly accurately American, and reasonably priced-especially for London. This Breakfast Club location (plus the bar downstairs) also sports the best service I've ever had, anywhere, period. The wait staff are extremely warm, friendly, attentive, and willing to accommodate their customers whatever the case may be. Overall fantastic experience.
Interesting and fun interior but the food was meh. I had a train to catch in a hour at Liverpool Street station and decided to have breakfast food as my dinner. I had the Mexican Mac which is your usual mac n cheese with a mexican twist, with tomatoes and jalepenos and chillies. The concept sounds like it will work but the result is not that impressive. I have also been to the Soho one and was always wondering what the long line is about. Perhaps its popularity is a function of how few brunch places there are in town but compared to brunch food in america, it is honestly a bit overrated.
There is a speakeasy in the basement and you go through the fridge door to get there, then you exit through the doors to the bathrooms. I could not help notice hordes of people, men and women all coming out from the bathroom doors every 5 to 10 mins =) Seems like a cool and fun speakeasy, have to go back and try.
I loved the decor, I loved the fridge, I loved what's behind the fridge. But the food, didn't really work for me and I love breakfast food! I do!
I've tried their pancakes american style and I don't understand how potatoes and pancakes work. I left much of it! also potatoes and maple syrup. Not sure about that combo!
Then I went back to try their mac and cheese which was really bland. and I left like 70% of it. This is not good. especially, after a few cocktails at the Mayor.
(I'm trying to find the best mac and cheese in London)
But the mayor is what we're here for. *wink*
Once when I came here, I ordered pancakes with maple syrup and bacon. Vile! I'm normally quite receptive to trying sweet and savoury tastes mixed together, but there was a whole pool of very cheap tasting maple syrup, and they had dredged the dish with so much icing sugar that I felt like my teeth would drop out before we left the restaurant. The taste of bacon was so obliterated by the overwhelming sweetness of everything else that it might as well have not even been there.
However, I have since (reluctantly) been back with work colleagues. Learning from my previous mistake, I ordered the scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and avocado on toast, which I really couldn't fault. The portion was generous, but so delicious that I just had to finish it.
I'd say that there are a few hit and miss options on this menu, but each to their own. It does seem as though there is something for everyone here, my advice would be to pick carefully and avoid busy times. Apart from that, it's quite a nice place to share some food with a few friends or workmates.
Went here to get a proper American breakfast. Which wasn't exactly what we expected. The portions were okay but not as big as America, which was fine. Went with all my American friends who wanted to get a little taste of home. The berry smoothie we all shared was fantastic and the food was wonderful. Can I just say, they have the most amazing bacon. I also had their eggs florentine, which was so yummy! My friends were plenty happy with their cinnamon apple French toast as well! Looking forward to eating here again! Not to mention really sweet workers are all at The Breakfast Club!
Had some tasty brunch today! Pancakes and great hot chocolate. Fun atmosphere and Brillo service!!
Stopped by to see the mayor on a Friday night, but unfortunately the mayor was fully booked for a while so my friend and I had to wait standby. We decided to sit down and have some coffee and desserts while we waited. We ordered a latte, espresso, Apple Pie and Custard, and the the Banoffee Pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Delish!
Fortunately, we only had to wait around for maybe 30 minutes before it was our turn to meet the mayor! ;)
This place is a solid 3. It looks like an American Dinner and has a menu to match.
We made reservations, so we were able to walk past all the people in line waiting for a table. We had some apps and happy hour drinks; fried feta, rocket salad, veggie mac & cheese, and falafel. The food was good, but the drinks were just sugar....WAY too sweet. I apparently ordered the one that was not sweet at all and it was like sucking on a sugar cane. Couldn't taste the alcohol at all.
This is my favourite location.
I like the decor, the staff, the FRIDGE (wink wink) and maybe I was just hungry but my portion was MASSIVE.
I have been spoiled living in California, I know a thing or two about avocados (yea, that's a brag sue me) BUT the one I had in my meal was delicioso. It was so much I was doing my deep breathing to expand.
I love breakfast food and this is the closest I get to my brunchy brunch sooooo I like it. you will too.
Used to be amazing. They still do great coffee but are just too busy. If you get there after 1045am on weekends the queue is crazy. Food isnt bad. But ... the standard has dropped. Used to get a huge amount of avocado on the "avocado and chilli on toast" but they seem to have literally halved the portion size. Still. Its not bad and I'm sure other patrons will enjoy the atmosphere (just be sure to get there early enough to avoid the queue).
This place, much like it's cousins in Angel and Soho, serves up generously proportioned American style breakfasts. It's not gourmet, and if you don't expect it to be, you wont be disappointed.
Their juices, squeezed to order and in interesting combinations (apple and ginger, anyone?) and their iced coffees are to die for.
[somewhat and only by comparison] less busy than Angel/Soho locations, but still rammed -- be prepared for a wait.
Yes, I know it's weird but I don't like cheese. The waitress asked me 3 times if I really, really, really wanted my cheeseburger without cheese cos there ain't no plain burger option.
Apart from that, I must say that the burger was great: big slab of meat and fantastic, crunchy fries to go with that.
I love the quirky decor, the buzz, the originality of the place. Go check it out!
American style pancakes? Yes please! As an American, sometimes I really long for something familiar from the motherland. So when my friend (a fellow American) suggested The Breakfast Club because she had their pancakes and said they were wonderful, I decided, I'd put it on my list. I knew they had different locations and since I was going to be out by this particular one... I decided I would try this location.
I almost walked right past it and actually wasn't sure if the yellow, unmarked door was the entrance. When I walked in, there was loud music playing, and loads of... stuff everywhere. There were quite a few tables open, so I figured wouldn't have to wait. Except I did... for a waitress to acknowledge I was standing there. One of them made eye contact with me... so she had to come over. I know, bummer. Anyway she proceeds to say, "Do you mind sharing a table?" Before I get off topic with a rant about how solo diners get treated... let's just say I was not pleased with the other tables available. I said, "Uh, I guess so..." and gave her a look. And before she sat me with a couple (a couple... how awkward could that possibly get), she took me back toward the door and found me high top table to sit at.
I was on a mission... pancakes, so even though there were other items catching my eye, I would complete my mission. Originally I had thought to just order pancakes straight up... kind of like a whisky neat, but my gut (or my hungry tummy) was urging me to the All-American, which did have pancakes included. Perfect. The waitress who was serving me was very friendly and attentive... not sure if it was pity because I was eating breakfast on my own or because she was really interested in chatting to me, but it was kind of nice to talk about a couple of book recommendations and shopping recommendations.
My food came out (I posted a picture). It was quite a bit, but it was pretty good. The bacon (streaky bacon) was as I like it... almost to the point of crispy, but still a bit chewy. The sausage was an English sausage, which I prefer to American sausage (I hear you stifling your giggles... pervs). The hash browns were not what I know as hash browns though. Where I am from, we would call these home fries, but they were good. Now... the pancakes. They were the disappointment of my meal. Something was a bit off, they kind of tasted like cardboard and the maple syrup didn't taste like real or fake maple syrup to me... just a sweet syrup.
I don't know if I'll be back, it wasn't awful, but it didn't quite live up to expectations.
For the first time in well over a year I walked past The Breakfast Club in Spitalfields and there wasn't a queue, I grab my other halves hand and said to him 'We're eating here!' Luckily he trust me when it comes to picking the places we chow down at, and he wasn't disappointed at all.
The atmosphere is buzzing, despite being nearly 10pm on a Tuesday night, and the decor made me feel as though I was in America. I felt totally at home instantly. The menu had loads to choose from, including an all day breakfast so the place really lives up to its name. My burrito was probably the best I'd even tried, filled to the brim with chicken, rice, all your sauces and salad. It was so large I struggled to finish, which is saying a lot for someone with my appetite! My other half had a chicken and bacon and sandwich, and I had never seen so much filling! It wasn't filled with salad either; it was pure chicken and bacon with a splash of barbecue sauce! It looked simply divine!
We had no room at all to fit in desert, but they sounded awesome. May have to pop them on my 'to try' list if we can ever get a table again! Drinks were reasonable priced, and staff were really lovely too.
I would really recommend trying the food here, you get a lot for your money, and I was certainly filled to the brim, which is quite rare for me. If you can get there early enough of a weekend rumour has it that their breakfasts work wonders for your hangover from the night before.
And don't forget to ask to see the Mayor!
'And then there were 4' proclaims the website.
You probably know the menu choices at the breakfast clubs by now so what's new?
1. It's not in such a residential area so you have less of a queue on a Saturday. We turned up at 11 or so and the place had loads of free tables.
2. They do swaps on a Saturday, thank god! No longer will I be charged extra for swapping my egg for a second sausage.
3. The decor is less scrapbook-y (have you seen the dust building up at Breakfast club Angel, it's almost as bad as the George and Dragon's?).
4. The main seating booths are ripped out of some old 70's school changing rooms. Billy Elliot-style.
5. There's something weird going on with the big Smeg fridge. If you want to go through it, call the Breakfast club and make a reservation(or just ask your waitress for a look around it like we did, it's cool).
From the outside this isn't the usual bright paint job of the other breakfast clubs, just look for the posh clock.
"I can't believe you haven't heard of The Breakfast Club!" my new, slightly too cool London friend exclaimed when she said we should meet there.
Listen lady, I'm an Australian living in the sunshine capital of the world, Edinburgh. THE FUCK would I hear about a brunch spot in London? I know and love the movie. This place better be good.
And muy bueno! So much better than the lacklustre Yelp star rating would indicate. This place was absolute tits. Yep, the wait for a table was a little longer than my distressed stomach would have liked but everything else was at least 4-star worthy. My breakfast burrito bitch-slapped my stomach back into submission. Our staff-lady was lovely. She gave the hoped-for knowing smirk when I asked for the whoriest bloody mary possible at 11am on a Sunday. The price was absolutely reasonable. I absolutely recommend this place for oft-needed hungover fry-up.
And the music is awesome.
The queue/wait to get in here was very quick, which was very much appreciated! Prices were average - around £4-9 for a brunch dish. Portions were just the right size.
In terms of the food: I ordered the Reggie the Veggie, which had veggie sausages (which tasted like meat sausages - crazy how that is possible!), beans, poached eggs, toast, one portobello mushroom top and hashbrowns. Hashbrowns were great, the others were average.
The wait staff was a little bit inattentive - when we were ordering our server got pretty frazzled that we asked for our dishes before our drinks, and then forgot to bring water to our table.
Liked the quirky decor - lots of retro memorabilia and lots of random notes hung all over the restaurant..
Probably a good place to go if close by, after a late night. Otherwise, pretty average.
It's a nice enough space but really, if you want breakfast there are a lot better and cheaper places around here to get it. So really it's more of a bar come diner and you can do a lot better around here for these too.
I like this place. I love the décor, as a huge american food fan the food is normally good and as a vegetarian who likes choice and large portions I'm not disappointed. don't order too much drink, just stick to water, and you end up with a very good value meal for under £20.
however, I find that I always end up here because its a general crowd pleaser that's local with a 'magic' fridge. I cant help but wish I could find somewhere else.
Terrible! The food was bad and the service was worse. I'm gutted that we chose to spend our Thanksgiving here and am shocked at how awful it truly was.
1. The booking - we had to call 3 different times and email a bunch of times (plus sketchily put down a credit card with some random person to hold the booking) in order to confirm the table. Nobody knew what was going on when we called to book and they kept telling us to send an email. It took forever to get a response. Super unprofessional.
2. The restaurant - the decor is fine, but the music was jacked up so loud that we couldn't really hear.
3. The service - downright shameful. It was soooo slow (and the restaurant wasn't even that busy). It took forever to get someone to take our order, then ages to get the drinks (which came out wrong), then ages to get the right drinks, then ages to get our first course. My dining partner was concerned that the restaurant would run out of pumpkin cheesecake (her main concern on Thanksgiving is, naturally, to have something pumpkin!). She asked the waiter to please reserve a piece of the pumpkin cheesecake for her. He told her that it'd be fine and that there was no danger of running out.
Nobody came around to check on us and we sat over 30 minutes between our first and second courses. The second course (which was our Thanksgiving dinner with turkey (or mac&cheese) and the fixings) came out cold. Cold! When we brought this to the waiter's attention, he told us to hang on a minute while he settled the bill up with two other tables. He finally returned to our table and asked us what we'd like him to do about our cold meals. We asked him to please warm them, which took another 15 minutes. My dining partner asked the waiter again to please put in her order for a piece of the pumpkin cheesecake and he assured her that there wouldn't be a problem.
After we finished eating (or tried to finish eating - the food was nearly inedible), we waited and waited for them to clear our plates and bring dessert. Finally, the waiter cleared our plates. We sat. And sat. And sat. Then the waiter came over and informed us that all of the pumpkin cheesecake was gone. We thought he was joking. Nope. In the nearly 2 hours it took him to serve us a mediocre dinner (that they clearly microwaved to warm up after it came out cold), they were out of the pumpkin. We had no choice but to take the apple and pecan pies, which were absolutely awful. You could get something better at the grocery store.
4. The food - as I mentioned above, the food was awful. I had the macaroni and cheese, which was, literally, boxed Kraft mac&cheese with a little grated cheese on top. It came out of the kitchen cold (not even lukewarm), the noodles were so overcooked they were falling apart, and it was tasteless. I was shocked that they would serve something like that in a restaurant! The mac&cheese came with some oily/burnt potatoes, brown carrots that looked like they were rotting, some strange cabbage, dry/stale cornbread, and a sweet potato puree. It was the kind of meal they might serve you in a prison or an old-folks home. Actually, the food we had was probably worse. The pies were soggy with thick crusts and undercooked fruit.
I was beyond disappointed by our meal. We brought up our concerns to the waiter, but he didn't do anything about them. Luckily, I had nice company and friends to be with, but the meal was just sad. It is really a shame because we were looking to celebrate our Thanksgiving with a nice meal out, but instead ended up with cold food and indigestion. I'm going to go back to cooking at home next Thanksgiving!
Part four of an awesome little chain! Hidden down a small little road but full to brim of retro goodness, and lovely staff who are always good for a giggle - one said 'can I ask you a dirty question.. Is your ketchup grubby?' then wiped it down for us.
Food ranges from smoothies chocker with fruity goodness, healthy museli and porridge through to the classic fry ups or eggs benedict.. and some more quirker options such as breakfast wraps or brekkie burritos! We tried the eggs and salmon.. AWESOME!
Great food, great staff, great restaurant... Part four did not disappoint!
Awesome coffee place suitable for breakfast and also for getting a steaming hot cup of coffee. I love it.
i wish everybody i know would stop loving this place, because i seriously don't like it and keep getting forced to come back. every time i'm here i spend loads of money on some overpriced meal that i have a bite of and then realize i hate and then i hate myself for ordering it and falling into that stupid trap again. last time i was here, i got some breakfast burrito with huge chunks of chorizo and loads of meaty grease. i was super pumped for it, but sadly the guacamole on the side was the only part i liked. i ended up giving away the burrito and my smoothie, which tasted like blended oats.. waste of money :[
also - i was told the bloody marys here were life changing and they sounded amazing on the menu, but they weren't. the best thing about them was the giant celery stalk that they come with. luckily i got to eat that, since everything else i tried was crap.
and yeah, the fridge thing is cool, but it doesn't save this place for me. if i had my way, i wouldn't be back but i know i will since my friends all think the sun shines out this place's ass and that every meal from here will automatically cure your hangover. they're obviously of lower intelligence than me, but it's all cool
As a Canadian living in London i was craving something other then the standard fair that most breakfast joints around town are serving.. something a little more original or creative.. or as I realized later a little more like home.
I came on a week day so it was busy but I didn't have to wait in line. I ordered a coffee which I have to say was really freaking good. As i sipped it, it slowly revealed I love BC, which i automatically thought of my home province (British Columbia), but knew it had to do with the Breakfast Club. I ordered the full veg breakfast. I loved the veg sausage and maple agave syrup the most. The pancakes tasted like they had been made the day before and microwaved and reserved. Also my food came so fast I knew it was almost all pre made which makes me question the quality. I am not unreasonable and I know it is hard to serve a restaurant full of people always 'fresh' food but just so you know it isn't made to order.. it's already made and being reheated.
Decor was great, and the guys working were super nice.
Was a quick stop after visiting the Mayor...
This is the ideal place to get breakfast or brunch if you're after the quirky places of East London. Off Liverpool Street, The Breakfast Club is English brunch meets American pancakes! The deco is all about the American diner feel, waiters are pretty laid-back (don't go there if you're in a rush though, you may get a little stressed) and prices are reasonable for the quantities. You generally come out of there full and satisfied! I've been told they also serve diner.
The last addition to the branches of The Breakfast Club in London was the place chosen to have brunch on my birthday, and I was truly looking forward to it. A friend of mine works here and I salivated every time she described a new dish she got to try. And she was indeed right. I chose the pancakes & berries, a huge, unstable and scrumptious tower of 4 thick pancakes covered in maple syrup, berries and vanilla cream, that was amazing. Seriously, the yummiest thing I've tried for a while (it helped that I was quite hungry, I must admit). My partner got eggs benedict, that were very good as well. For drink, a iced soya latte and freshly squeezed orange juice, that were fine. I was really happy we came here.
It was early when we came in, around noon, but the place started to fill up when we left. I've been told that on weekends people queue outside before they open for breakfast, and that for lunch on weekdays it gets very busy as well. After trying it, I'm not surprised at all.
Also, the decor, menu and general vibe are quite cool, and the staff is lovely (not only my friend, who wasn't there at that time!). Now I have to go and try the drinks on the other side of the Smeg fridge ^^
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hungryinlondon.com/2011/… I went to The Breakfast Club following a Twitter recommendation when I was looking for a decent restaurant/cafe/pub to eat,drink and gossip around Liverpool Street Station. It is surprisingly difficult to find a place in close proximity to the station that is not infested by investment bankers and alike,basically people wearing stilettos and suits. They make me feel intimidated as I can't walk in stilettos and my only suit is gathering dust in my wardrobe. Isn't this a lovely place?
Thank god for the Breakfast Club! Part of a small London based chain,it is a place where people with and without suits feel welcome as it's very inviting and relaxed indeed. The design is lovely and unique and so are the waiters. It could become my new local,if it wasn't for the food which is not great. It feels the energy and the obvious enthusiasm of the owners has focused on the interior and concept and has somehow not extended to the food. Having said that,I went to The Breakfast Club in the evening but of course it's called Breakfast Clubso the breakfast might be the best in town,I wouldn't know the breakfast menu is long,detailed and certainly very intriguing,well worth a try! But now the dinner: For starters we had some olives and feta bad presentation and really bad olives. The tin sort,that I am surprised is still sold and even more surprised that someone actually buys. If I pay round 4,5 pounds for olives,I think it's a joke to get served something like this. The humous was served with a generous helping of mediocre flat bread and was itself of the rather mediocre variant. We had salads as mains (yes I am kind of pretending to be on a diet). Both of the salads were certainly edible and although I didn't exactly love them,I wouldn't mind eating them again. The Cesar Salad came with a rich dressing and a multitude of parmesan,chicken,bacon and humongous croutons. I have had better,I have had worse. More interesting was the Salad of Jerusalem Artichoke. The Jerusalem artichokes were very nicely prepared and tasted lovely. I like seeds on my salads,so I was very happy with the sunflower seeds that were generously sprinkled on top. The 'shallots'were enormous pieces of onions which I ignored,but apart from this not a bad salad at all. It is rare that I send back a dessertI would say it has thus far been unheard of. We just couldn't eat the Apple Grumble. It tasted like it had been sitting in the fridge for too long and had therefore taken on the taste of other (mostly savoury) things that were stored in its surroundings. Not even being served warm could hide the fact that is was clearly past its sell by date.. We didn't want a dessert replacement,because now it was time to go to the S*E*C*R*E*T bar. (I shouldn't tell you about this really) And where else would a secret bar be hidden,but in the fridge? Where is the secret bar?
If you ask nicely,you might get the concierge to lead you thereIt is certainly worth it,(and not only because one feels so superior being in a SECRET bar),One could call it US inspired,playing US rock and Americana and serving American style snacks as well as drinks. The atmosphere is endearing,the waiters charming and the cocktails delicious. Who would have thought that you can have such a great time in a fridge? No more words,go and see for yourself.
THE place to get breakfast if you want that all American Diner feel which I just absolutely love!! The portions are so generous, it will probably fill you up till dinner! I normally order the pancakes and bacon. For £7.50 you get around 7 rashers of bacon and stack of 4-5 pancakes smothered in maple syrup!! Lively atmosphere but watch out as can get busy!!
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