I cut open the egg and out oozed a rich yolk under a blanket of creamy hollandaise sauce over some cooked spinach. The English muffin was perfectly toasted with a crunchy crust with a softer interior. Sounds like a quintessential brunch, right? Especially coupled with some cold brew coffee with milk.
Okay…typing that up just made my mouth water and now I wish I was back at The Breakfast Club, an all day family-owned caf business with locations across London, recommended by my friend, Niki. It was one of the items on my bucket list that had to be ticked off. And luckily, I managed to head there for a late brunch with Diva and Saj, before we headed to the Tate Modern.A short five-minute walk from the London Bridge underground station (also the nearest wheelchair-friendly station), The Breakfast Club, seemingly recognizable yellow exterior was welcoming. Since it was a Tuesday, there wasn’t a long queue outside waiting to be seated. But to be on the safe side, Saj had booked a table for us, which also ensured that I would get easy wheelchair access.
There was a small step outside to enter the restaurant, but upon informing the staff, they brought a portable ramp which I used to get inside. Packed with customers, The Breakfast Club London Bridge has a pink ceiling and the walls are covered with “official” Pat Butcher (a fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders, played by Pam St. Clement) memorabilia (collectibles).
Our table was behind the bar that was decorated with items from The Breakfast Club shop, including their iconic yellow mugs. Upon checking the menu, I noticed that their primary focus was on breakfast, as the name obviously suggested, and brunch especially weekend brunch. But they also offered lunch and dinner options too.Diva, Saj and I opted to get the Eggs Florentine – two poached eggs on spinach over toasted English muffins topped with hollandaise. Diva and Saj also opted for a side of Home-style Fried Potatoes, which were lovely and rounded out the creaminess of the Egg Florentine. Trust me when I say this – this was hands down the best Egg Florentine I’ve had. So creamy and decadent! I couldn’t even finish the two eggs. I was stuffed after just one egg.Diva and I got Cold Brew coffee with Milk. I’ve recently fallen in love with cold brew coffee and this was the perfect fuel for the long day ahead.Saj got a Hot Chocolate topped with marshmallows and it looked inviting.
My caregiver, J, who also came along for the day in Central London, got the Pancakes and Berries with maple syrup and vanilla cream. It looked delicious and definitely something I’d order if I’m in the mood for something sweet (which would probably be always).After a fulfilling brunch of great conversation with friendly, efficient service in a delightful dining atmosphere, we all were in food comas. But what better way than to walk it off on the way to the Tate Modern (a ten-minute walk) while taking in the sights and sounds of Central London, of course!
The Breakfast Club’s London Bridge location is at:
11 Southwark St
Photos by Diva Shah