When breakfast manager Abu summons his locals for the most important meal of the day, even the busy Londoners give themselves adequate time. Balthazar near Covent Garden is famed for its cakes and eggs. Be sure to sample the locals’ favourite: avocado on sourdough toast with a poached egg. The place is well worth a visit for lunch or dinner, too.

  • Dirty Bones

    Dirty Bones is a place where lovers of good llets and ribs come into their own. The hip kitchen crew here serves aromatic soul food in consciously casual surroundings, all spiced up with a dash of old-school hip hop and some funk. Our personal grill favourites include the “Mac Daddy – Dry-Aged Beef Burger” and the crispy lamb fries with sweet miso, red chilli and jalapeños.

  • Look Mum No Hands!

    Lewin, Matthew and Sam came from very different professional backgrounds. What they all shared, though, was a burning desire to set up something new. The result: a café with its own cycle workshop that turns into a bar in the evenings. Outside (naturally) a spacious bike park; inside (perhaps more unusual) designated zones where laptops are banned. Come in, have a coffee, feel good – that’s what it’s all about at LMNH. Of course, non-cyclists are welcome, too.

  • Sketch

    From its pink-velvet dining room to its wonderful tiki bar and its egg- shaped washrooms, the Sketch in Mayfair doesn’t miss any interior trick. This eccentric piece of architectural art is a restaurant, bar, club and breakfast venue all wrapped up in one. The menu is solid rather than striking, but good quality. A great address for anyone seeking to experience London’s creatives “up close and personal”.