We gather first thing in the morning on week days, while your mind is still fresh, your diary less complicated and your day full of possibility. Our breakfasts take place in partnership with some of central London's most interesting independent cafés, restaurants and boutique hotels.
Make unexpected connections
We curate our membership so we can personally introduce you to smart, savvy, interesting Londoners from different disciplines, who you wouldn't ordinarily meet: people with shared values and different skillsets.
Energise your thinking
Our intimate gatherings serve as a crucible for energised people and energised ideas. All our breakfasts are designed to accelerate the exchange of wisdom, experience, questions and opportunities.
The success of a relationship depends on both people giving and taking
Kindness and collaboration are critical to our success and happiness
Individual agency is best powered collectively
We should feed our ideas as attentively as we feed our bodies
Feeding our future
Awareness of our social and environmental impact is at the centre of what we do
We're part of the mission to prevent London's kids being too hungry to learn
Each time a new member joins The Hot Breakfast we make a donation to Magic Breakfast, which provides healthy breakfasts to hungry school children.
We want to inspire more school leavers about what they can do with their careers
This happens on an ad hoc basis at the moment; please get in touch if you want to help us take The Hot Breakfast into inner-city secondary schools.
Background to the Breakfasts
Kate Pumphrey, the founder of The Hot Breakfast, started her career as a corporate finance lawyer in the City before moving into the world of environmental start-ups. In both settings she had a sense of the untapped potential in the ideas of the brilliant people she encountered, stymying change and innovation as well as personal fulfillment.
Kate realised that there was a simple solution: to bring together carefully selected groups of inspiring people with similar values but different perspectives. And critically, to create an environment where those people could have proper conversations, connecting in ways that were more satisfying than small-talk and more authentic than board-talk, discussing their thoughts and plans and insights.
If you were looking for lofty precedents you could point to the coffee shops of seventeenth century London or the salons of revolutionary France, or even Socrates and his Greeks. The collaborations and ideas generated in those settings were significant, if not momentous. Since there didn’t seem to be any trustworthy modern equivalent, Kate set about creating one.