We’ve all done it. Promised ourselves we’d head home after one drink, which then multiplied, and before you know it, mum and dad are cheerily knocking on your front door eager to head out for a day of extravagant wining and dining (yep, you forget they were visiting, didn’t you?). There’s only one thing that’s bound to sort you out; the Bloody Mary. Love it or hate it, it’s an essential bevvy to help tackle your hangover, hair of the dog style.
So if you’re feeling a little worse for wear this morning, we’ve rounded up London’s very best bloody Marys just for you. And well, er, good luck with that hangover!
If you think you’ve tried all the Bloody Mary variations, you’re wrong. George’s Bar, part of the Marcus Wareing Restaurants’ collective, puts a spin on the tomatoey bev with their mezcal Mary. The combine Vetusto Mezcal, tomato juice and their special spice mix to add a fiery kick to your day. Sit back, sip your tipple of choice and soak up the beautiful 19th-century style interiors surrounding you.
Here to help lend a hand to your queasy head is The Connaught Bar. Tucked away in one of London’s finest hotels, you’ll find the mixologists conjuring up an array of sublime cocktails, but more importantly an incredible Bloody Mary that’ll fix any fuzzy feeling you’ve got. Fuelled with homemade spices and celery air (sounds intriguing, eh?), their take on the famous Bloody Mary includes Ketel One Vodka, fresh tomato juice, their homemade spicy mix, fresh lemon juice and this mysterious celery air.
Where: Carlos Place, Mayfair, London, W1K 2AL, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Bond Street (0.5 miles)
Let’s face it, the only way to power through a hangover is by hair of the dogging it, and what better way to carry it on than with bottomless Bloody Marys! The Piano Works hosts bottomless brunching every Saturday, across three different sittings. We’re talking eggs benedict, smashed avo on toast, and vegan fried chicken with pancakes and maple. Or if you’re wanting more of a breakfast wrap style brunch, The Piano Works has you covered with three brekkie wraps to choose from too! Oh and there’s bottomless Prosecco, Italian pink sparkling wine, St Germain spritz, rossini, Bellini, and mocktails on offer – okay now we’re stuck for what to choose…
Situated on the corner of Russell Street and Wellington Street in the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden, you’ll find Balthazar, an all-day brasserie serving up a French inspired menu. One thing we’re obsessed with is their extensive brunch menu that’s available at the weekends, and of course, with all great brunches comes a banging Bloody Mary to fuel you through the morning (or afternoon depending how hanging you really are…) Balthazar use Wyborowa vodka with their bespoke blend of juice and spice, delish!
Where: 4-6 Russell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5HZ
Nearest station: Covent Garden (0.2 miles)
Nuzzled just off the tourist filled Portobello Road, The Distillery is home to the iconic Portobello Road Gin but you’re not here to listen to me reel of about their delightful gin. Nope, I know you’re eager to hear about their Bloody Mary options and these guys certainly serve up a Bloody Mary to remember, using Distillery rosemary, horseradish and Worcestershire sauce vodka with tomato juice and the usual accompaniments. Pair it with one of their scrummy Sunday roasts and you’ve got yourself one hella hangover cure.
When a restaurant has its own brunch bar, you know you’re in the right place. The Sipping Room, part of the Drake and Morgan collection, offers you an escape from the mundanity of everyday, especially over in their shrub filled courtyard. And you’ll be glad to know there’s four (yes four!) delicious Bloody Marys to dive into, aptly named ‘Mary and her wayward sisters’. If you’re wanting something a little on the smokier side, opt for their smoked Mary with QuiQuiRiQui mezcal, D&M Bloody Mary mix, flamed jalapeño and cherry tomato. Or try their fishy caesar Mary concocted of Ketel One vodka, D&M Bloody Mary mix, Clamato juice and king prawn…
Where: West India Quay, 16 Hertsmere Road, Canary Wharf, E14 4AX
Nearest station: West India Quay DLR Station (0.2 miles)
With two venues across the city, there’s no excuse not to get your Bloody Mary fix courtesy of Cinnamon Kitchen. Soak up the last of the summer air on one of their tropical terraces, Bloody Mary in hand, of course. Over at their Battersea Power Station resto, they serve a weekend power brunch to remember. We’re talking Bombay style veggies with cumin brioche, Lucknow style chicken biryani with burhani raita, bhuna lamb and naan roll with kachumber salad, and a whole lotta of their ‘power’ Marys, a twist of the classic. Who’s free this weekend?!
45 Jermyn St, tucked away behind the chaos of Piccadilly, will transport you back to the golden age of glamour and service in London. In this stunning dining room and bar, you’ll find the cocktails have been inspired by the eccentric, bold recipes of the Soda Jerks and Pharmacist from London’s very first Soda Fountain (which was actually housed here too), and with all great cocktail menus, it’s home to five fiery Marys, woohoo!
If you’re feeling fragile you might want to steer clear of their dirty Mary who’s concocted of tequila, dirty spice mic, citrus, bacon salt, tomato juice and topped with a cornichon. Their hinomaru Mary is as fiery as it sounds with Ki No Bi gin, Japanese dressing, cayenne pepper, smoked salt, sriracha and tomato juice. There’s also a classic Mary, and two glorious takes on the Virgin Mary, one’s a little more citrusy while the other is a veggie feast with tomato, carrot, red pepper and cucumber.
Weekends were just made for hangover brunching. One of our favourite spots (and the rest of the Insta users it seems) has to be Bourne and Hollingsworth in Clerkenwell. The restaurant is essentially one big ol’ plant hotel with hanging shrubs adorning the ceilings and terrace. It’s also home to bottomless cocktails too which is always a mega plus in our books! Choose between a base of gin or vodka for your Mary and see how spice you can handle as you’re able to choose how much of their secret spice mix to include.
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