16 places to have breakfast and brunch in King's Cross

From "greasy spoons" full of men in hi-viz jackets to relaxing brunch spots for reading the Sunday papers, here's a selection of places to get breakfast or brunch in King's Cross to suit all budgets.

Traditional cafés and other cheap places

No-frills fried breakfasts for when you're short on cash and long on appetite.

  • Station Sandwich Bar and Café

    First choice for orange-jacketed construction workers in the King's Cross area, so expect plastic tables and big fry-ups.

    Station Sandwich Bar and Café
    Typical food: Full English incl tea/coffee £5.70
    Breakfast served:Mon - Fri: 7am - 5pm, Sat - Sun: 7am - 4pm
    Menu: available online
    More: directions, map etc
  • Café Oz

    Wooden tables and art on the walls make this less of a greasy spoon than the Station Sandwich Bar, but it's still a good value option with quick and friendly service.

    Café Oz
    Typical food: Full English £3.90 (£5.90 when you add tea/coffee and toast)
    Breakfast served: Mon - Fri: 7am - 5pm, Sat: 9am - 4pm
    Menu: not available
    More: directions, map etc
  • The Other Side

    In the evening The Other Side is a mid-priced Italian restaurant, but they also do good value breakfasts and have plenty of space for large groups.

    The Other Side
    Typical food: Full English breakfast (£4.50), Smoked salmon and scrambled egg (£5.70)
    Breakfast served: Mon - Sun: 8am - 4pm
    Menu: not available
    More: directions, map etc
  • Albertini

    A friendly and spacious café that's deservedly popular with local office workers as well as attracting some of the construction crowd.

    Albertini
    Typical food: Mushroom, bacon, sausage and grilled tomatoes on toast (£3.90), Scrambled eggs with smoked salmon (£4.10)
    Breakfast served: Mon - Sat: 6am - 5pm
    Menu: available online
    More: directions, map etc

Smarter cafés

Still good value, but these are smarter or more interesting spaces than the traditional "caffs" above.

  • Gran Sasso

    More continental than cholesterol, Gran Sasso is an authentic Italian café that will serve you pastries, cakes and good coffee at breakfast time, or anything from their daytime menu.

    Gran Sasso
    Typical food: Pastries, cakes, sandwiches
    Breakfast served: Mon - Fri: 7am - 5pm, Sat: 9am - 4pm
    Menu: not available
    More: directions, map etc
  • Leon

    Chain of "fresh fast food" cafés that has something of a cult following among people who say things like this on Twitter:"Totally just went up the wrong escalator to the new bit of Kings Cross so I could have a nose. OMG THERE IS A LEON."

    Leon
    Typical food: Poached egg with Ham Hock and Saucy Beans (£2.95, with toast £3.30), Porridge with Compote and Granola (£1.95 - £2.45)
    Breakfast served: 5 - 11am
    Menu: available online
    More: directions, map etc
  • Niven's

    Niven's would look good even if it was in a twee market town so in King's Cross it's even more special. A lovely little place with a farmhouse table to sit round at the back and an emphasis on fresh, high quality and free range ingredients.

    Niven's
    Typical food: Full English breakfast (made to order £4 - £6), pastries, fruit and granola (various prices)
    Breakfast served: Mon - Fri: 7am - 11.30am
    Menu: not available
    More: directions, map etc

Pubs and other mid-priced options

Hair of the dog? Since the smoking ban, having breakfast in a pub isn't such an unpalatable option.

  • O'Neill's

    There are plenty of better pubs in King's Cross for evening drinking but O'Neill's do a decent all-day "Irish" breakfast and have plenty of space if you are in a big group.

    O'Neill's
    Typical food: Irish breakfast (£7.49), Breakfast ciabattas (£1.69)
    Breakfast served: Mon - Wed: 8am - 12 midnight, Thu - Sat: 8am - 1am, Sun: 9am - 12 midnight
    Menu: available online
    More: directions, map etc
  • The Betjeman Arms

    An attractive St Pancras station pub that opens its doors early to serve an extensive breakfast menu.

    The Betjeman Arms
    Typical food: Full English breakfast (£8), Eggy bread (£6), Porridge large/small with a choice of toppings (£2.50 or £4.50)
    Breakfast served: 9 - 11.30am
    Menu: available online
    More: directions, map etc
  • Carluccio's

    Like The Betjeman Arms, this branch of Carluccio's is in the upper level of St Pancras where there are usually fewer people, and from the outside space you can watch Eurostar trains arriving under the impressive train shed roof.
    ** Brunch option **

    Carluccio's
    Typical food: Colazione Magnifica - eggs, pancetta, mushrooms, tomato, Italian bread, coffee/tea and juice (£9.75), Toasted panettone with butter (£3.75)
    Breakfast served: Mon - Sat: 7.30am - 11pm, Sun: 9am - 10.30pm
    Menu: available online
    More: directions, map etc

Cool bars and restaurants

King's Cross - cool? How did that happen? You can hardly move in some of these bars on a Friday night, but the morning after they do good food in pleasant surroundings.

  • Camino

    Everything Camino does is authentically Spanish including their breakfast menu which has "huevos" a-plenty that you can take advantage of until 4pm at weekends, putting it firmly in lazy brunch territory.
    ** Brunch option **

    Camino
    Typical food: Pan fried eggs in olive oil with Spanish sausage, bacon, pan roasted potatoes, piquillo peppers and toast (£7). Natural yoghurt with homemade mixed berry compote (£1.75)
    Breakfast/brunch served: Mon - Fri: 8 - 11.30am, Sat: 9am - 4pm, Sun: 11am - 4pm
    Menu: available online
    More: directions, map etc
  • The Big Chill House

    Another King's Cross bar that recently joined the breakfast club with an interesting selection that you can enjoy in this recently refurbished space with its abundance of wires and lamps. Serving until 2pm at weekends makes this another brunch choice.
    ** Brunch option **

    The Big Chill House
    Typical food: Full English breakfast (£7.50), Home made rosti (£6), Belgian waffle (£3,95)
    Breakfast served: Mon - Fri: 9 - 11.30am, Sat - Sun: 11am - 2pm
    Menu: available online
    More: directions, map etc
  • 6 St Chad's Place

    One of King's Cross' well-kept secrets, 6 St Chad's Place is a stylish bar in an old railway workshop that serves breakfast on weekdays.

    6 St Chad's Place
    Typical food: Eggs (any style) with chargrilled bacon (£4.50), Granola with Greek yoghurt andpoached fruit (£3.50)
    Breakfast served: Mon - Fri: 8 - 10am
    Menu: available online
    More: directions, map etc
  • Karpo

    New kid on the block Karpo is a stylish place that packs a lot into both its décor and its menu. There is good selection on offer at breakfast including some unusual dishes and a strong American influence, and a shorter weekend brunch menu.
    ** Brunch option **

    Karpo
    Typical food: Karpo breakfast (£12), Pancakes with bacon and maple syrup (£6.50), Bagel & cream cheese (£2.50)
    Breakfast/brunch served: Breakfast, Mon - Sun: 7am - 12 noon (bakery menu served until 6pm). Brunch, Sat - Sun 12 noon - 4pm
    Menu: available online
    More: directions, map etc

Posh places

You probably don't normally spend this much on your breakfast, but for a special occasion the restaurant and bar inside the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel both provide a beautiful setting.

  • The Gilbert Scott

    This stunning St Pancras restaurant has recently added a weekend brunch menu and there are drinks like a Bloody Mary to tempt you as well. A great chance to eat in sumptuous surroundings for a bit less than the price of lunch or dinner.
    ** Brunch option **

    The Gilbert Scott
    Typical food: "The George": eggs, bacon, homemade black pudding, home made beans, bubble and squeak, toast (£14), Eggy bread with banana, bacon and maple syrup (£9)
    Brunch served: Sat - Sun: 11am - 2pm
    Menu: available online
    More: directions, map etc
  • Booking Office

    Not cheap but not stuck-up either, so if you want to treat yourself (or someone else is paying) then this beautifully restored, high-ceilinged space at the heart of the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel is hard to beat for breakfasting splendour.

    Booking Office
    Typical food: Booking Office Breakfast - Cumberland sausage, streaky bacon, eggs, mushrooms, plum tomato, baked beans (£18), French Toast or Pancakes with mixed berries and honey (£10)
    Breakfast served: Mon - Fri: 6.30 - 10.30am, Sat: 7 - 11am
    Menu: available online
    More: directions, map etc