Hangovers come in all shapes and sizes and so do the various ways in which you can try to ease the pain.
From the ultimate Bloody Mary to the indulgent fry-up, we've rounded up seven of the best places in the capital to cure your hangover.
1 | The Best Sunday Roast: The Magic Garden
Yorkshire pudding soaked in gravy and roast potatoes smothered in horseradish. Nothing says ‘hangover cure’ quite like a solid Sunday roast. Nestled in South London’s well-to-do area of Battersea, this hassle-free pub serves up a traditional roast of Gloucester free-range pork shoulder and Aberdeen sirloin beef with all the trimmings. There’s really no better place to get over your killer headache than The Magic Garden.
231 Battersea Park Rd, SW11 4LG, magicgardenpub.com
2 | The Best Brunch: Radio Bar
Situated at the top of the ME Hotel on the Strand – meaning you can drink in commanding views of the whole city along with your much-needed coffee – the Radio Bar is serving a wonderful new brunch menu up until 3pm, giving you plenty of time for a lie in. From inventive takes on establised classics like Ox cheek benedict to a delicate crab omelette, there is something interesting on offer whatever your mood. Our favourite is the simple but perfectly done wild mushroom on toast. Oh – and if you fancy round two, their cocktails are bloody good, too.
336-337 The Strand, WC2R 1HA, melia.com
3 | The Best Bloody Mary: Hawksmoor
A haven for all carnivores, Will Beckett and Huw Gott’s expanding franchise not only provides Londoner’s with the best steak in town; they also serve damn good Bloody Mary's. With two options on their ‘anti-fogmatic’ breakfast menu (“an eye opener, bracer, corpse reviver or morning glory to be drunk before 11am, or whenever steam and energy are needed”) choose from the classic No. 4 – vodka, tomato juice and Hawksmoor spice mix, or the more lethal No. 7 – horseradish-infused gin, tomato juice, Hawksmoor spice mix with a splash of Meantime London Stout.
4 | The Best For Sweating It Out: Wahaca Oxford Circus
In Mexico the saying goes ‘never do business without food’. In Britain, the same advice should be applied to tackling hangovers. Wahaca’s central branch want to ease you into the day with their new breakfast menu, available from 8am-12pm Monday to Friday and 9 -12 at the weekends. Mexican Baked Eggs (done three ways – roast tomato and chipotle, tomatillo crème fraiche or refried beans with chorizo) is a must and of course, the Heuvos Rancheros Divorciados (fried eggs, blue corn tortillas, salsa and tomatoes) is as good as you’d expect. Drinks-wise, the Avocado smoothie will help offset that fifth pint.
26-28 Great Portland St, W1W 8QT, wahaca.co.uk
5 | The Best Healthy Breakfast: Koya Bar
For those willing to venture to Soho to eat away the after-effects of the night before, we recommend you head to Koya Bar, neighbour and sibling of popular noodle haunt Koya. Modest cooking at its best, their English Breakfast udon is the cleanest-feeling alternative to a fry-up. Slurp away your hangover as you devour the glossy, thick udon noodles decked with a gooey fried egg, bacon and shiitake mushrooms.
50 Frith Street, W1D 4SQ, koyabar.co.uk
6 | The Best Eggs: Dean St Townhouse
With its velvet curtains, antique armchairs and dim lighting, this Georgian townhouse is the ideal establishment to recover from your boozy weekend adventures. Renowned for their rich flavour and dense yellow yolk, they only use premium Burford Brown eggs from Clarence Court to whip up their mouthwatering perfection of boiled eggs with buttered soldiers or smoked salmon with scrambled eggs.
69-71 Dean St, W1D 3SE, deanstreettownhouse.com
7 | The Best Luxury Fry-Up: The Wolseley
If you’re looking for a lavish start to the day, look no further than The Wolseley. This buzzing Grade II listed building, with its art deco interiors, marble suitcase and glistening chandeliers provide those in need of some serious soaking up to do with a hearty English breakfast. A choice of fried, poached or scrambled eggs with bacon, sausage, baked beans, tomato black pudding and mushrooms – who ever said a fry-up can't be elegant?
160 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9EB, thewolseley.co.uk
8 | The Best Smoothie: Andina
Hydrate your body and replenish all the essential vitamins you lost the night before with a smoothie from new Peruvian eatery Andina. Martin Morale’s second restaurant – his first being the big Soho hit Ceviche – their healthy colourful concoctions include the Green Vayeno with avocado, pear juice, mint, spinach and lime and the Saramama with amaranth, banana, mango, blueberries and apple juice.
1 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, E1 6JL, andinalondon.com
9 | The Best Coffee: Caravan
Situated in the foodie hub of Farringdon’s Exmouth Market is brunch and coffee expert Caravan. Freshly roasted on the premises using only the finest Arabica beans, – with emphasis on ‘green coffee’ sourced from around the world – their fruity blend is a perfect pick-me-up for the bleary-eyed. Idle away the hours this weekend and gaze at the locals through the eatery’s big window whilst sipping on your espresso. If however that doesn’t take your fancy, you can always buy a bag of their roasted coffee to go.
11-13 Exmouth Market, London, EC1R 4QD, caravanonexmouth.co.uk