The Breakfast Club

It's been a while since I've written a food review on the blog - mainly because what with the whirlwind of house buying (which has been a rollercoaster to say the least!) my weekends have been swallowed up with viewings and every spare penny is going into surveys and solicitor's fees and saving for furniture. But after a hard workout at BOOM! Cycle last Sunday - which was amazing despite having a very sore bum to show for it the next day - I decided to treat myself to a nice breakfast as a reward and so headed off to the nearby branch of The Breakfast Club, just round the corner from Old Street station.

This branch is unsurprisingly incredibly popular on weekends - I got here around 11.15 and, whilst I was lucky enough to get a seat straight away as I was by myself, the people in front of me in twos and threes were being told it was a 25-minute wait - so my advice is, if you want to go, be there for the doors opening at 8 AM to guarantee you'll get a spot.

Once I was inside and in my comfortable window seat I could drink in the atmosphere. The Breakfast Club feels very much like a mash-up of a greasy spoon and an American diner with quirky touches thrown in such as a disco ball, fairy lights, mismatched lights and deer antlers on the wall. And I love it.

Got to love anywhere that quotes Men at Work on its walls.

Because I am a creature of breakfast habit, I went for the pancakes with bacon and maple syrup - because bacon is always justified, right? - and a latte. The coffee was really good; served in a cheery yellow mug, it was smooth yet still had a nice strong kick to it - just the thing to re-energise after a serious sweating sessions (sorry).

The pancakes, on the other hand, were ever-so-slightly disappointing. Don't get me wrong, whilst they were thick and fluffy - just how I like them - there didn't seem to be enough maple syrup (and no way to top it up). Similarly, the bacon was lovely and crispy but without being over done or too fatty, but I would have liked more of it as a lot of the time I was eating my pancakes with either tiny bits of bacon or no topping at all. So overall it was all cooked nicely but I just would have liked more of it! That said, it was very reasonably priced; my pancakes and latte together cost £11, which is pretty similar to other similar places and I'm quite happy to pay that for a 'treaty' breakfast.

Overall I really liked the vibe at The Breakfast Club, particularly the jumbled-up quirky nature of the decor and the brilliant music (when I was in there they were playing an epic mix of 90s and early 00s tunes), and thought the food and particularly the coffee was good. That said, I'm keen to give it another go so will definitely be coming back to try the breakfasts again - maybe the All American or something involving eggs - as well as the smoothies and burgers.

Have you been to The Breakfast Club? What did you think of it?


  1. Ooooooh going on your own! That it such an amazing tip to getting a table! I've been a few times and each time I've had to wait for well over 30 minutes for a table .. madness! It's just so hyped! The food is SOOOOOOOOO good though!

    1. I know! I almost went to the one at Spitalfields when I saw the queue as wasn't sure how long I'd be stood there and was absolutely starving post-spinning. But the food was definitely worth it - I wanted to order everything!