Where to go for an early meeting

The power breakfast has replaced the boozy lunch and where you go is just as important as what you’re eating. Make a statement at your next one by booking a table at any of these joints

What: Dean Street Townhouse

Where: 69-21 Dean Street, W1D 4QJ

Why: Despite serving food all day, Dean Street Townhouse is at its busiest at breakfast; and for good reason. Housed opposite Gaucho in Soho, the restaurant offers an extensive, albeit traditional, menu featuring staple egg dishes along with hearty plates like grilled Manx kippers and heritage beetroot hash with a fried duck egg.

Who: It is a favourite among the fashion set so expect to see editors from the top glossy magazines.

Price: Breakfast for two with drinks and service is around £30.

To book, call 020 7434 1775.

What: The Royal Exchange Grand Café

Where: The Royal Exchange, EC3V 3LR

Why: The all-day café, located in the grand courtyard of the Royal Exchange, is a feast for the eyes. Situated in the heart of a Grade I listed building, the space is all 1930s décor and high ceilings. The menu isn’t groundbreaking but it’s worth a visit for the setting alone.

Who: Lawyers and insurance brokers.

Price: Breakfast for two with drinks and service is around £25.

To book, call 020 3589 2653.

What: The Delaunay

Where: 55 Aldwych, WC2B 4BB

Why: Situated next to the Royal Courts of Justice, The Delaunay is the little sister to The Wolseley. Breakfast is taken very seriously: if the pastries at the door don’t tempt you, the perfect mix of savoury and sweet favourites definitely will.

Who: Its close proximity to the chambers in Holborn means you should expect to see lots of barristers.

Price: Breakfast for two with drinks and service is around £30.

To book, call 020 7499 8558.

What: Cecconi’s

Where: 5a Burlington Gardens, W1S 3EP

Why: The popular Mayfair eatery is known for its Italian cuisine but be warned: there’s nothing particularly Italian about its breakfast menu. It features all the dishes you would expect from a high-end establishment. A popular choice is the duck egg, hash brown and black truffle but if you’re after something less heavy-going, a selection of “light and healthy” options are available too.

Who: Business movers and shakers and celebrities. Think Madonna and Stella McCartney.

Price: Breakfast for two with drinks and service is around £30.

To book, call 020 7434 1500.

What: Hawksmoor Guildhall

Where: 10-12 Basinghall Street, EC2V 5BQ

Why: When the popular steakhouse launched a breakfast menu, it did so with the intention of producing the best breakfast in London. That’s a big goal but if you’re after perfection, the dishes at the Hawksmoor come pretty close. The offering is luxe. Eggs Benedict come with lobster and, as you would imagine, meat takes centre stage. Bacons chops, plum pudding bacon, rib-eye steaks; they’re all there. Who: City folk and journalists.

Price: Breakfast for two with drinks and service is around £40.

To book, call 020 7397 8120

What: The Wolseley

Where: 160 Piccadilly, W1J 9EB

Why: If you want to make a statement, head to The Wolseley. The decadent French brasserie has been an institution since the 30s. The breakfast menu offers traditional dishes produced with an uncompromising attention to detail. City A.M.’s favourite spot.

Who: Bill Nighy, Stephen Fry and Kate Moss are fans.

Price: Breakfast for two with drinks and service is around £40.

To book, call 020 7499 6996.

What: The Modern Pantry

Where: 47-48 St John’s Square, EC1V 4JJ

Why: There’s nothing boring about the menu at Anna Hansen’s popular restaurant. Located in the heart of Clerkenwell, The Modern Pantry has gained a legion of fans wooed by its eclectic mix of flavours. Sweet dishes like French toast come with vattalapam (a Sri-Lankan coconut custard) and its savoury plates have an international flavour too: one egg meal comes with chorizo and plantain fritters.

Who: East London’s arty crowd and creative types.

Price: Breakfast for two with drinks and service is around £30.

To book, call 020 7553 9210.

What: The Parlour

Where: 40 Canada Square Park, E14 5FW

Why: This Canary Wharf favourite comes under the successful Drake & Morgan empire and is one of the more intimate venues on this list. While it lacks the grandeur of some of the other spots, it’s quiet so is ideal for having a serious one-to-one. The menu is pretty basic but there are some nice treats. The parlour fully loaded – an English breakfast – is good, as is the Californian kick start.

Who: Bankers

Price: Breakfast for two with drinks and service is around £25.

To book, call 0845 468 0100.

What: One Lombard Street

Where: 1 Lombard Street, EC3V 9AA

Why: The brainchild of ex-banker Soren Jessen, One Lombard Street has become an institution in the City and offers a variety of classics from smoked haddock to grilled sirloin steak and fried eggs. Set in a former bank opposite the Royal Exchange, the setting is plush. A grand skylight hangs above the bar at the end of the brasserie and the striking domed ceilings were designed by Pietro Agostini.

Who: Old school bankers.

Price: Breakfast for two with drinks and service is around £30.

To book, call 020 3641 5835.

What: Coq d’Argent

Where: 1 Poultry, EC2R 8EJ

Why: With a rooftop bar and restaurant, Coq d’Argent is a hotspot for after-work drinks in the summer but there’s more to the venue than its impressive views. The mahogany panelling and pale green leather interior that decorate the dining room is lavish, and the combination of comprehensive menu and central location makes it an ideal stop-off before heading to the office.

Who: Young bankers and brokers.

Price: Breakfast for two with drinks and service is around £25.

To book, call 020 3589 2081.