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There is nothing I love more than a long, leisurely breakfast, as much for the people-watching as the food. That isn't to say I'm happy to sit in any old greasy spoon just for a glimpse of buider's cleavage or legging-induced camel-toe (though I am partial to the odd fry-up without the visual extras). No, we're talking a higher class of both comestibles and voyeurism here.

Aubaine on the Brompton Road is a favourite venue of mine, for its white-washed Frenchness (you can get your oeufs brouillés with a simple tomato salad) and Eurotrash eye-candy, and in June a second branch opens on Heddon Street in Mayfair - good news for a more bohemian, Momo-loving crowd.

Tom's Kitchen, another Chelsea goodie, has equal low-key glitz appeal and a deliciously lengthy menu, from waffles with blueberry compote to a well-sourced Full English, and Lucky Seven in Notting Hill offers a mean pancakes with maple syrup and crispy bacon - and the possibility of squeezing into a booth with Stella McCartney.

Marylebone residents flock to The Providores and Tapa Room for black pudding with roast apple, and to eavesdrop on local gossip, and The Zetter and Aurora @ The Great Eastern Hotel (which has a new breakfast menu boasting duck eggs Benedict with truffled hollandaise) are both popular hangouts for the fashion and foodie conscious.

Power-lunching is so last year.

Aubaine, 262 Brompton Rd, SW3
- 020 7052 0100
Tom's Kitchen, 27 Cale St, SW3
- 020 7349 0202
Lucky Seven, 127 Westbourne Park Road, W2 - 0871 332 7996
The Providores and Tapa Room, 109 Marylebone High St, W1 - 020 7935 6175
The Zetter, 86-88 Clerkenwell Rd, EC1
- 020 7324 4444
Aurora @ The GEH, Liverpool St, EC2
- 020 7618 5000

by SL
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