E. Pellicci Café, London


E. Pellicci is a well-known historic café in the Bethnal Green district of London. It’s a family business that has been in operation since 1900, offering top-tier British café cuisine. The establishment is famed for its classic “full English breakfast,” with some sources even dubbing it the best place in the world to enjoy it. And I fully agree with this view.

Full English breakfast in E. Pellicci
Full English breakfast in E. Pellicci

London has long been my favorite metropolis, and I’ve visited it many times. And I’ve never eaten a better full English breakfast anywhere else.

One giant breakfast, which includes a Cumberland sausage, fried egg, two slices of bacon, two hash browns, two slices of black pudding, beans in tomato sauce, grilled tomatoes, mushrooms, and a large slice of toast bread smeared with melted butter comes out to 15.50 GBP (approx. 17.80 EUR).

Interior of London's E. Pellicci café
Interior of London’s E. Pellicci café

The interior of the café stands out with beautiful wooden panelling in the art deco style. The Pellicci family, which has Italian roots, has owned and operated this establishment for several generations. You’re very likely to encounter a member of the family in the cafe. You’ll recognize them right away. They engage in relaxed and friendly conversation with guests.

London's E. Pellicci Café
London’s E. Pellicci Café

The cafe has been recognized as a culturally significant monument: the British government has listed it as a Grade II building, which is awarded to buildings of special importance that deserve all efforts to preserve them.

The establishment is indeed renowned and its premises are not large, which can lead to long queues before being seated. I first tried to visit on a Saturday around eleven in the morning. It was pouring rain, but there was still a line outside the establishment that would have required at least an hour’s wait. The second attempt to visit just after opening was no problem. They don’t accept cards, but there is an ATM right across the street.

If you want to have a top-notch full English breakfast in London, be sure to head to E. Pellicci’s Café. The establishment also has a nice family atmosphere that you won’t find in many places.

Bon appetit!

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