The Breakfast Club is a chain of 6 eateries in London known for, as the name suggests, breakfast and brunch. It’s very popular so be prepared to queue if you go during brunch rush. Breakfast Club started in Soho 2005 when Jonathan Arana-Morton and Alison Rooney set up their first café on D’Arblay Street. Since then it’s only been going upwards. In case you wonder, the name does come from the classic movie Breakfast Club from 1985.
The Breakfast Club in Spitalfields is filled with many random nostalgic items, much like how it got started in Soho 9 years ago. What the Spitalfields branch got that others don’t though is the “secret” bar, The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town, which reveals itself after walking through the big fridge in the dining room.
We came on a rainy Sunday and yet there was a queue outside. It took maybe 20-30 min before we got a table. As expected it’s a very loud and lively place. The crowd is fairly young, some digging into their full English some enjoying hearty pancakes. The brunch menu is a mix of dishes from different places. Other than English breakfast, American-style pancakes, egg dishes there are a few Mexican and Spanish options as well.
The smoothie was little disappointing. It was not thick enough and a bit icy.
I had the Huevos Al Benny a Mexican version of an Eggs Benedict I guess. It was good although the avocado almost disappeared in all the richness and flavours. The egg was well cooked and Hollandaise sauce was as it should be.
All in all it was a good brunch but I can’t justify the hype of this place. It’s a good place for a simple and easy brunch catching up on the happenings of the week and weekend in a lively surrounding. Maybe it’s the name and brand that makes the place. In any case I can now finally say that I’ve been to the Breakfast Club.
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Breakfast Club (Spitalfields)
12-16 Artillery Lane
London, E1 7LS
Tel. +44 (20) 7078 9633