Berners Tavern: Breakfast in Fitzrovia à la Jason Atherton

For those who like a Champagne lifestyle, but on a lemonade budget, I’ll let you in on one of my most useful tips: Pick a top restaurant – even a really upmarket one, with high prices and long waiting lists – and visit for breakfast.  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day after all, and this way you can truly indulge and enjoy the beautiful ambience and service of a sought-after venue without the hefty price tag.
I used exactly this tactic when I fancied a visit to the dining spot that is surrounded by whisperings of ‘London’s Best Restaurant 2014‘: Berners Tavern in Fitzrovia.  With Michelin starred executive chef Jason Atherton at the helm, I knew it wouldn’t disappoint.
Berners Tavern at the London EDITION hotel | Photo credit: Nikolas Koenig | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London bar & restaurant blog
With my breakfast buddies Holly, Shawn and Jasmin, we swanned into the soaring lobby of the London EDITION hotel – with high ceilings, shining surfaces and suited doormen, it was pretty dreamy to start the day in such luxury!
Berners Tavern at the London EDITION hotel | Photo credit: Nikolas Koenig | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London bar & restaurant blog
Berners Tavern at the London EDITION hotel | Photo credit: Nikolas Koenig | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London bar & restaurant blog
Berners Tavern at the London EDITION hotel | Photo credit: Nikolas Koenig | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London bar & restaurant blog
Berners Tavern at the London EDITION hotel | Photo credit: Nikolas Koenig | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London bar & restaurant blog
Berners Tavern is just off the lobby, and the interior is utterly breathtaking as you enter – I always pay attention to the interior design of the venues I visit, but this place really did go over and above anything I’ve found in London of late.
Berners Tavern at the London EDITION hotel | Photo credit: Nikolas Koenig | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London bar & restaurant blog
Super-high ceilings with ornate mouldings sat above walls that were covered in colourful, highly stylish artworks in baroque-style gilt frames.
Berners Tavern at the London EDITION hotel | Photo credit: Nikolas Koenig | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London bar & restaurant blog
The bar is straight ahead as you enter, and gives a whole new meaning to ‘top shelf bottles’ – this display was floor to ceiling with top-notch tipple bottles.
Berners Tavern at the London EDITION hotel | Photo credit: Nikolas Koenig | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London bar & restaurant blog
Berners Tavern at the London EDITION hotel | Photo credit: Nikolas Koenig | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London bar & restaurant blog
The tables and booths are all smoothly rounded, and we took our seats to enjoy well-made coffees (served in bone china cups and saucers).  I enjoyed Bircher muesli (£5) and soft, sweet toasted brioche (with Kitchen Garden preserves, handmade in the Cotswolds – £4).
Berners Tavern at the London EDITION hotel | Photo credit: Nikolas Koenig | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London bar & restaurant blog
Although I kept it light, there are other more hearty options on the menu – everything from a full English for £14 to hazelnut waffles for £8 (Jasmin confirmed these were perfect, served with berries and whipped vanilla cream).  Shawn’s Brioche French toast with maple and bacon was quite a sight to behold too.  Juices and smoothies (£5.50) provide a vitamin hit where required.
Berners Tavern at the London EDITION hotel | Photo credit: Nikolas Koenig | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London bar & restaurant blog
Berners Tavern at the London EDITION hotel | Photo credit: Nikolas Koenig | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London bar & restaurant blog
I am over the moon that I have discovered this glamorous central London breakfast spot – it’s the kind of impressive place that I’ve been telling everyone about since my visit, and I can’t wait to get back for more early morning decadence.
Punch Room at the London EDITION hotel | Photo credit: Nikolas Koenig | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London bar & restaurant blog
I wouldn’t mind staying in the hotel either – it looks absolutely fabulous…
Loft Suite at the London EDITION hotel | Photo credit: Nikolas Koenig | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London bar & restaurant blog
Penthouse at the London EDITION hotel | Photo credit: Nikolas Koenig | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London bar & restaurant blog
Penthouse Terrace at the London EDITION hotel | Photo credit: Nikolas Koenig | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London bar & restaurant blog
Berners Tavern
10 Berners Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 3NP
Reservations
Photos: Nikolas Koenig and BernersTavern.com