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February 06, 2019 Words: Bill Bradley and Noah Davis

Breakfast with the Locals: London

Relax over a morning cup of coffee at one of the many pubs and cafés that London has to offer.

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Whether it’s a steamy cup of coffee or a “full English,” breakfast in the United Kingdom is a delightful respite during your cruise. The country’s pubs and cafés offer hearty, familiar morning staples to prepare you for a day of sightseeing or a visit to the breathtaking Dover White Cliffs.

Eggs and toast aside, the British capital is also known for its multinational cuisine, notably Indian, so you might take the opportunity to enjoy a bacon naan roll with chile tomato jam and cream cheese.

You’re probably familiar with the country’s most traditional breakfast fare, served altogether: bacon, eggs, fried or grilled tomatoes, fried mushrooms, fried bread or buttered toast, and sausages (also called “bangers”). If you’re checking out the restaurant scene for the this platter, arrive hungry. And to challenge your palette at least a bit, ask for black pudding or bubble and squeak.

Eggs and toast aside, the British capital is also known for its multinational cuisine, notably Indian, so you might take the opportunity to enjoy a bacon naan roll with chile tomato jam and cream cheese. And in Dover, where many Seabourn cruises make port, you can start your day along the coastline.

London

Duck and Waffle: For breakfast with a sunrise view, visit this 24-7 spot located on the 40th floor in the heart of an awakening city. That’s right, you’ll arrive for breakfast or brunch or whatever meal you want via a 40-second lift ride. The restaurant that might lure you for skyline views will also charm you with a rustic, locally sourced menu. Try the signature dish of confit duck, fried duck egg and maple syrup, or one of the few sweet waffles topped with seasonal fruit. Here, the morning toast: a Kir Royale, made with crème de cassis and champagne. And voila, you’ve publicly outdone yourself on morning romance.

Dishoom: Whether the Big Bombay or that bacon naan roll, Dishoom delivers on food, liveliness, and personality—the kind of restaurant that even locals want to see at a city festival. The Bombay café has several locations across the city and masters thoughtful design in all four corners of the restaurant, down to the tableware.

The Ivy Chelsea Garden: This sophisticated, sunlit restaurant in Chelsea offers your detox juice fix, or your next round of rose. After all, the green spaces and upholstered chairs will transport you to London’s most elegant dining room. You can opt for a full English, pastries and toast, lobster scrambled eggs, and more. It’s within reason that you’d encounter Meghan and Harry here, so book ahead.

Dover

Green Oak Farm: Keep it simple and share a meal by the port in this intimate hideaway with an attached country store. Come with an appetite, as the familiar menu is stacked with crowd favorites like quiche, glazed ham cooked in cider, and smoked mackerel fillet.

Little Farthingloe Farm: This cheery eatery features a sit-down restaurant and takeaway café along with a bakery, butchery, and gift shop to browse and chat with locals while you’re in town. On the menu are breakfasts served with sausage from the grounds, as well as filled rolls and pastries. The spacious grounds also include a museum, trails, and cider tasting, depending on your schedule.

An overarching shot of London overlooking the River Thames and downtown London
Two tea cups sit on a table with the landscape of London behind them. England's pubs and cafés offer hearty, familiar morning staples to prepare you for a day of sightseeing.
A landscape shot of the famed Cliffs of Dover. The cliffs overlook the ocean, which share the same proportion of the shot. Seabourn cruises visit the Cliffs of Dover In Dover, where many Seabourn cruises make port, you can start your day along the coastline.

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