Even with the best intentions, it’s hard to get through the Christmas holidays without a hangover. And with all that mulled wine, sloe gin, and champagne flowing, who could resist? Luckily, London is full of lovely places which are perfectly designed to help you through the day after. Just don’t expect any sympathy!
No 11 Pimlico Road
Sloane Square (0.4 miles)
What: Spacious open-plan bar with a cracking brunch menu
Why: When you’re hungover, you’re feeling fragile. And when you’re feeling fragile, you want to be somewhere beautiful. No.11 Pimlico Road is set in a wonderful, high-ceilinged space with great big windows and an enormous winding staircase. Kick back and enjoy some restorative brunch. And, if you’re feeling brave, try a cocktail or two. The elderflower & lime is pure easy-drinking bliss.
Where: 11 Pimlico Road, London, SW1W 8NA
What: Gorgeous hipster cafe
Why: There are so many ways that Pedler is perfect for a hangover. Can’t stomach the taste of alcohol, but need that hair-of-the-dog cure? Pedler’s signature breakfast comes with Little Bird gin sausages and decadent maple syrup butter. Irritated by thumping chart music? There’s a well-chosen playlist, so you won’t be irritated by Radio One. Need a proper dose of caffeine? Try the top-notch coffee. Pedler will sort your hangover right out.
Where: 58 Peckham Rye, Peckham, SE15 4JR
What: Excellent vegetarian buffet
Why: Sometimes, after a really heavy night, you just need a detox. Ethos’ fresh vegetarian food will replenish your body of vitamins and make you feel like a human being again. The dining area is gorgeous, too – big trees, lots of space and fairy lights. What more could you want?
Where: 48 Eastcastle Street, Fitzrovia, W1W 8DX
Shepherds Bush (0.9 miles)
What: Upmarket cinema chain
Why: Achey legs? Thumping headache? Queasy stomach? What you need is to chill out with a movie on the sofa, old school style. But if you can’t stand the thought of hanging around indoors – and, if you’ve just had a houseparty, who could blame you – then head over to Electric Cinema, in Portobello or Shoreditch. With a great selection of snacks and super comfy sofa seats, you can kick back with Hollywood and cure your hangover in style.
Where: 191 Portobello Road, London, W11 2ED
What: Trendy bar and restaurant
Why: The brunch here is not only delicious, it’s also served right up until 4am. So even if you can’t make it out of bed before midday, you can still load up on protein-rich eggs, buttery toast and endless mugs of tea. There’s even a dedicated Bloody Mary Bar.
Where: Granary Building, 1 Granary Square (Off Goods Way), Kings Cross, N1C 4AA
VQ - 24 Hour Café & Diner
West Brompton (0.7 miles)
What: All-night diner
Why: We’ve all been there – stranded in central London, the last train having long gone, headachey and cold. Rather than shelling out for a cab or trudging for miles in the dark, why not head to VQ? They’re open 24/7, serving hot food and top drinks throughout. Ride out the hangover, get some food in you, and head back with the first tube and a bit a of dignity. Sorted.
Where: VQ, 325 Fulham Road, London, SW10 9QL
What: Authentic Italian pizza with super-fast service
Why: Everybody knows that fat is the key to overcoming a hangover. Pizza Union’s authentic Italian pizzas are a joy to behold – thin, crispy and smothered in delicious mozzarella. It’s a great way to soak up all that alcohol, and it’s also genuinely affordable – some of the best pizzas are just £6. Bargain!
Where: 246-250 Pentonville Road, Kings Cross, N1 9JY
What: Classy bar and restaurant in the heart of Mayfair
Why: If you’ve lost all your dignity on a night out, the morning after is al about proving to yourself that you’re not an animal. Civilised, comfortable and elegant, Quaglino’s is a great place to restore a bit of pride. Stroll down the flared staircase take a seat by the stage and relax with some smooth jazz. Bottomless bubbles are available with brunch, and since it’s within a basement there’s no natural light to bother you. Score!
Where: 16 Bury St, London SW1Y 6AJ
Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings
What: Beautiful restaurant and bar with tons of exciting events
Why: B&H Buildings feel like they were designed with curing the hangover in mind. They’re spacious, full of exotic trees and plants, and serve some mean cocktails. Bright and airy, they’re a great place in which to while away a few hours. The food is fantastic, too, so you won’t be getting hungry.
Where: 42 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, EC1R 0HU
What: Calming tea-house
Why: Let’s face it, sometimes all you really need to feel better is a cup of tea. Yumchaa serve dozens of fresh teas, so that you can get that all-important cuppa just how you like it. From Japanese Sencha to Oolong to Lapsang Souchong, Yumchaa have got you covered. And if you really need a boost, try one of the delicious cakes and breads on the side.
Where: 45 Berwick Street, Soho, W1F 8SF