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English Breakfast near British Museum

Hey Folks,
Heading to London for a few days with a friend before hopping to the Continent. He's never been to London and would like to get a traditional English Breakfast whilst there. Our Hotel offers one for 20 pounds, I'm wondering if anyone knows of a place near the British Museum (we're staying just east of it) where we can get one for less? He's on a strict budget and London is expensive enough, and I'm guessing another place would offer a better breakfast anyway. Any thoughts out there?
Thanks!

Posted by
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£20!!!!! I don't know anywhere near the British Museum that offers a decent breakfast but I'm sure it won't be difficult to find one and for significantly less.

*Edit

There is a place nearby called Salt & Pepper (https://www.saltandpepper.london/menu/) that offers a traditional English breakfast. I can't testify to the quality but I would be inclined to opt for that over the extortionate hotel breakfast.

Posted by
703 posts

Thanks, JC. That's my thought as well. I hopefully to get some replies from experience, but I'll defnitely look into Salt and Pepper!

Posted by
7205 posts

Wow that’s expensive! Our Sanctuary House Hotel had a very big inclusive breakfast menu, and a big English Breakfast was on the menu. Can you change hotels?

Posted by
703 posts

Do you know what a night at Sanctuary House is going for? If it's equal or less, then we'll consider that for sure.
Thanks!

Posted by
703 posts

Hi Tim,
I just checked, Sanctuary House is about 100 pounds more per night so that washes the Free Breakfast out! :-)
Thanks for the tip, though!

Posted by
12360 posts

See if there is a Bill’s restaurant close by. I don’t know the price, but they do serve “full English” breakfast and have a good reputation. Not fancy.

Posted by
703 posts

Bills two blocks away! Thanks for the tip, Lola! less than 10 per plate, so that's two for one!

Posted by
1190 posts

McDonalds: I'm not kidding. An Egg Mc Muffin with sausage is just as good as most English breakfast for I/4 the money. Add a Tomato slice and voila! It may cost twice as much as home depending on the exchange rate. PS I really gave up on fried breakfast myself and mostly ate granola on my UK trip. In Scotland we were served canned blood pudding (shaped like the can in slices) which a fellow at the B & B asked for his little dog...we were glad to oblige!

Posted by
703 posts

Yeah, there's a McD's a block away. But I've never been to one in 20+ years in Colorado so I'll probably not try the English version. I appreciate the thought, though!

Posted by
4410 posts

McDonalds: I'm not kidding. An Egg Mc Muffin with sausage is just as good as most English breakfast for I/4 the money.

Not even close!!!

I didn't see Bills when I searched but as there is one near then it is a good option. A Bills full English surpasses an Egg McMuffin by a very significant margin. I'd even go for a Gregg's vegan 'steak' bake over a McMuffin!

Posted by
703 posts

Yeah, Bill's looks like a good find. The Salt & Pepper also looks really nice, and that's close as well. Great info, thanks!

Posted by
5693 posts

If you want to experience a true English breakfast then hop on the tube and head to Putney Bridge Underground Station. The River Cafe is across the street. Found it on my 2017 trip. Thumbs up! Then saunter around the corner and up to visit Harlingford Books.

Easy peasy morning out seeing a non touristy part of London!

Think you and your friend would both enjoy it!

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Ref Wetherspoon chain, they do good value food, often in interesting, renovated properties, a very quick check shows near BM, ( you haven't said what road )
Shakespeare's Head , Kingsway, and Penderels Oak, High Holborn, the Barrell Vault, Pancras rd.

Also check out the redeveloped area behind Kings Cross station, called Granary Square,

A tip I'd suggest for searching, asking locations, or businesses, be specific, use the postcode of your accomodation, or the street name or building name, search engines will find them much faster, the concept of blocks doesn't really exist in London.

Posted by
652 posts

I wouldnt go into a Wetherspoons let alone eat in one. ......

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4410 posts

I wouldnt go into a Wetherspoons let alone eat in one. ......

Me neither but if you fancy eating a cheap microwaved meal surrounded by alcoholics at 9 am then Wetherspoons it is!

Posted by
26039 posts

Too bad you are so far from an IKEA - the nearest would be Wembley on the North Circular and Croydon near the gas works - or you could get a full English with change from a £2 coin as a Family Member. A free coffee every weekday too.

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I see there are some Wetherspoon/Tim Martin haters.

OP has asked about a value breakfast. Wetherspoon does exactly this.

The choice is theyre, The Wolseley for eggs Benedict or The Regency cafe, for a fine English greasy spoon, cash only.

Posted by
1271 posts

I'd agree with Dennis. Wetherspoons is one of those companies the snobs like to sneer at (like McDonald's as it happens), but it's a perfectly reliable chain. If you're hungry and want a cheap & filling full English breakfast (unlike McD's which doesn't do a proper breakfast), then 'Spoons is a good place to pop in. Same if you're waiting for a bus and want a quick pint. It has no pretensions to be anything other than it is. Nando's sadly don't do breakfast - except Gatwick? - but if they ever do, I bet it'll be great, though not really a traditional full English.

Posted by
576 posts

Don't forget that chains like Cote and Cafe Rouge also offer a full breakfast menu. The only thing that is seldom offered is multiple coffee. Breakfast can get expensive if you have to pay for each cup individually. That is where breakfast in a hotel can score.

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652 posts

No idea who Tim Martin is. And not a food snob, best full englishes are in greasy spoons, but the idea of going to a pub for breakfast is unappealing full stop. The atmosphere when going into a Wethspoons isnt one i like, so i dont go, no snob factore there, just personal choice, so would never recomend them.

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I see there are some Wetherspoon/Tim Martin haters.

Nope, Tim Martin has nothing to do with it. Wetherspoons serves bad food at cheap prices. If that's what you like then fill your boots, I don't so I prefer something a bit decent, I care a bit about what I put in my body and the food from Wetherspoons isn't going anywhere near it. It isn't snobbery, it's simply knowing and caring about good ingredients, good cooking and a pleasant eating experience. If that's what constitutes a snob then so be it.....I'll be a snob and be proud of it.

There's a big difference between the £20 breakfast the OP mentions and the slop dished out at Wetherspoons. No need to go straight to the lowest denominator, there are plenty of decent options in between.

Posted by
703 posts

Thanks for all of the tips, guys. I've had my share of Traditional English Breakfasts over the years, but this isn't for me. I'm not even really a breakfast eater, although I'll happily enjoy a good English Breakfast. This was my friends first trip to London so I wanted to show him the experience, but not 20 pounds for a hotel buffet. He's not a foodie by any stretch, but the Salt&Pepper and Bills listed above are examples that are within a few blocks of our accomodation and are 8 or 9 pounds. I think that they'll do the job nicely.
Thanks, everyone!