The Hot Breakfast is out to unlock all the great ideas and potential in our city. We do so by creating carefully designed early morning events, where energising ideas and energised people can collide and spark off each other.
Make unexpected connections
We offer a place for you to discover smart, savvy, interesting Londoners with exciting ideas whom you wouldn’t ordinarily meet. There are a range of different formats for Hot Breakfasts: some events are highly structured, others are more fluid; some include speakers, others explore the wisdom in the group. Each is carefully designed to prompt stimulating conversation and fresh perspective. And all include a delicious breakfast!
Shake things up
Our events are designed for you to make the most of your morning. By sitting at the cross-section of your personal, professional and intellectual interests, we seek to stimulate you in ways that are different to your regular working or social life. We are out to shuffle up disciplines and ruffle up thinking.
The Hot Breakfast seeks to be a catalyst for people who want to make a positive difference through their work and outside pursuits. We believe that through conversation and collaboration with other inspiring people you can achieve inspiring things.
Underpinning our approach is the philosophy that:
The success of any relationship depends on both people giving and taking.
Kindness and collaboration are critical to our success and happiness.
Individual agency is best powered and invigorated collectively.
We should feed our ideas as attentively as we feed our bodies.
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 C17 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.
Hot Breakfasts take place regularly on weekdays, usually starting at 7.15am, always ending on the dot of 9am.
They operate in partnership with central London’s best independent cafés, restaurants, boutique hotels and members’ clubs: places with delicious food, enticing settings and exceptional staff; places that encapsulate the buzzy, creative vibe of the capital. In short, places that you probably wish you frequented more regularly.