No matter what time of day you find yourself on Regent Street, there's always something delicious close by.
Thomas’s at Burberry is the definition of a hidden gem. There's no hustle or bustle – breakfast is a cool, calm experience here, within an arm's reach of a gorgeous new coat, scarf or bag. Be sure to order a pot of Lalani tea – they source some of the most unusual brews in the world – alongside a reassuringly perfect portion of boiled egg and soldiers, or granola with Brown Cow yoghurt, so creamy it's hard to believe it's not actually custard.
Eating brunch at Momo is like being on holiday. Whether you want to be eased into the day or shaken awake by some punchy flavours, they've got you covered. Even if you're craving a full English, you're in luck – here it's served Moroccan style, with spicy merguez sausage, and beans with chermoula (expect the tang of pickled lemon alongside garlic, cumin and herbs). I love the scrambled eggs topped with cured beef, too.
tibits is your go-to for an update on the traditional buffet: super-fresh vegetarian or vegan dishes, sold by weight and exactly the kind of lunch to reinvigorate anyone in the middle a busy day. Try Japanese noodle salad and Asian slaw, then finish with raw chocolate avocado torte or lavender lemon cheesecake.
Whatever is happening outside, when you're enveloped in the golden glow of the Oscar Wilde Bar at Hotel Cafe Royal, it is forever 1865. The room has been restored to its original, 150-year old gilded glory – admire the painted ceiling as you nibble on delicate sandwiches, sip Champagne and gorge on tiny (but limitless) slices of Battenberg and Victoria sponge, as well as pearlescent macarons and warm, cream-covered scones.
Join a line of patrons stretching back a hundred years and take a seat at Bentley's Oyster Bar and Grill for supper. To eat oysters or fish and chips here is to be part of London's food history. The restaurant is overseen by the chef Richard Corrigan so this is no ordinary seafood spot – the lobster-laden fish pie is a heart-stopping beast of a dish.
Bar Américain is a proper cocktail bar and the proper way to end a day on Regent Street – there's no molecular whizz bangery, just classic and contemporary cocktails, made and served with care. I'd love it even if it wasn't also an Art Deco haven – and they serve all my favourites: try an Aviation, Southside, or Clover Club; you won't be disappointed.