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15 London Hangover Cures That Are Also Restaurants

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Flat Coke and hair of the dog are all well and good — but sometimes, what a hangover really needs is feeding. Stodge is key, obviously, as is salt and a bit of heat — but there’s a fine line between blowing away the cobwebs and ending up having to call in sick a full 36 hours after the last shot. Without further ado, here’s a list of the best places to crawl to the morning (or afternoon) after the night before. Please drink responsibly.

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1. Balady

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750 Finchley Rd
London NW11 7TH, UK

Some hangovers are so spirit-crushing that they render even the act of picking up cutlery nigh-on impossible. Step forwards the sabich at Temple Fortune legend Balady: an extremely sizeable pitta pocket loaded up with freshly fried aubergine, hard boiled eggs, hummus, chilli sauce and mango pickle. No knife or fork required, just a lot of napkins.

London’s best sandwiches: sabich at Balady Micaela Filippo/Instagram

2. Xi'an Impression London

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117 Benwell Rd
London N7 7BW, UK

There’s never a bad time to visit Xi’an Impression — but the peak of a booze-induced existential crisis is an especially good one. And however crashing the headache, it’s always worth fighting through the match-day hordes in Holloway for generous, restorative plates including ‘skin cold’ noodles, pulled pork burger and Biangbiang noodles in an assortment of hot, sweet, piquant guises.

Qishan noodles in a sour broth at Xi’an Impression, a Xi’an Chinese restaurant in north London Emma Hughes/Eater London

3. Black Axe Mangal

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156 Canonbury Rd
London N1 2UP, UK

Loud music, massive flavours and an awful lot of offal: it’s kill or cure here. This isn’t the place to ease oneself gently back into the land of the living, but the hash browns, famous flatbreads and deep fried cherry pie were tailor made for absorbing the excesses of a big night (bonus: they do brunch too). Just don’t spend too long looking at the floor.

A lamb offal flatbread and pork crackling at Black Axe Mangal, featuring flowery tablecloths Ola Smit

4. Delhi Grill

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21 Chapel Market
London N1 9EZ, UK

A stalwart across multiple editions of Eater London’s essential 38 restaurants, Delhi Grill knocks out affordable, (largely) Northern Indian plates in which the flavours are every bit as arresting as the dining room plastered in pastels and Bollywood posters. Anything from the tandoor is sure to be a success — sheekh kebabs and tandoori paneer are especially strong — while dhaba (roadside food stall) classics like railway lamb and butter chicken are just the ticket for anyone in need of traditional soothing.

Butter chicken, chicken fry and chutneys at Delhi Grill in Chapel Market, one of the best restaurants in Islington Ola Smit

5. Roti King

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40 Doric Way
London NW1 1LH, UK

London’s favourite Malaysian Tamil restaurant’s phenomenal, flaky, fat-enriched roti canai, lentil curry and spicy noodle assemblies are all perfect for settling the stomach and the spirit. They’re now available in Victoria’s Market Hall too — good news for hangovers that began in south-east London, Brighton, or Kent.

Roti canai at Roti King, reopened in Euston Ola Smit/Eater London

6. Smokestak

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35 Sclater St
London E1 6LB, UK

The low lighting and soothing Nordic stylings at this Islington favourite are just the thing. Smokestak excels at meaty marvels: brisket buns with pickled chilli, pork belly rib and 30-day-dry-aged beef rib. The jacket potato with mustard rarebit and sticky toffee pudding with clotted cream ice cream feel like sympathy on a plate.

7. Holborn Dining Room

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252 High Holborn
London WC1V 7EN, UK

When only triple carbs will do, make haste for the Holborn Dining Room. Pair one of Callum Franklin’s legendary pies — the potato, Comté and caramelised onion one suggests itself — with chips and champ for a never-fail remedy. Roll home afterwards and get straight back into bed.

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8. Blacklock Soho

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24 Great Windmill St, Soho
London W1D 7LG, UK

There are surprisingly few restaurants that better a home-cooked Sunday roast on a hangover. The sourcing of meat from one of Britain’s best butchers — Warren’s in Cornwall — together with enthusiastic portioning and solid trimmings make Blacklock’s one worth getting dressed for. During the week it’s central London’s finest chop house, too.

London’s best Sunday roasts: Blacklock steakhouse’s spread of steaks, lamb chops and pork chops Blacklock Official

9. Kiraku

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8 Station Parade, Uxbridge Rd, Ealing Common
London W5 3LD, UK

Head to one of Ealing’s finest restaurants for a deeply restorative bowls of miso butter corn ramen, or atsu-atsu udon, winningly accessorised with greaseless, generous tempura of prawn. Kiraku’s enduring popularity means it’s not one for a spontaneous hangover visit — plan for a sore head in advance and make a booking.

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10. Dishoom Kensington

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4 Derry St, Kensington
London W8 5SE, UK

The bacon sandwich, a tried-and-true hangover cure, finds its fullest and most effective expression in Dishoom’s feted bacon naan. Also recommended: kejriwal (fried eggs on chilli-cheese toast), the double-carb vada pau and all of the biryanis.

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11. Monty's Deli

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Market Halls Victoria, 191 Victoria St, Westminster
London SW1E 5NE, UK

Its Hoxton Street site may sadly have closed its doors, but Monty’s reuben (officially one of London’s best sandwiches) can still be enjoyed in Spitalfields and over in Victoria’s Market Hall by those suffering from a severe case of wine flu. Packed with pastrami, salt beef, cheese, mustard and pickles, there isn’t much it can’t fix.

A Montys Deli reuben sandwich, white bread stuffed with pastrami, cheese, sauerkraut and pickles Joe Woodhouse/Monty’s Deli

12. Theo's

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2 Grove Ln, Camberwell
London SE5 8SY, UK

Cold pizza may be the traditional hangover fixer, but one fresh out of the oven is far less punitive. Theo’s is one of the few places in Camberwell (along with Silk Road) that command a wait for a table at the weekend. It’s well worth the queue, even with a sore head and bleary eyes — especially for the Camberwell scotch bonnet ‘nduja or the wood oven aubergine.

13. Nandine

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82 Vestry Rd, Camberwell
London SE5 8PQ, UK

The exemplary Kurdish mezze platters that thrilled Jay Rayner when he visited Nandine are also one of south London’s finest hangover cures, should said malady persist into the evening. Choose from a meaty version featuring tamarind meatballs, a vegetarian one with toothsome grilled halloumi or a vegan plate with baba ghanoush, all of which come plentifully supplemented with pillowy-fresh bread. 

A Kurdish mezze platter at Nandine Nandine [Official Photo]

14. Nanban

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426 Coldharbour Ln, Brixton
London SW9 8LF, UK

Sweat it out and soak it up at this purveyor of Japanese soul food that makes clear the debt it owes to Brixton Village and Market Row. Look out for The Leopard, a rich chilli-sesame pork broth, burnt garlic oil, pork belly, Parmesan, and Scotch bonnet bamboo shoot, jerk pork katsu sandos and a hearty plantain katsu curry.

15. Meatliquor

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74 Northcote Rd
London SW11 6QL, UK

The cure for a south-west London sesh can be be found in the same spot where it almost certainly began: Northcote Road. The new Meatliquor SW11 serves all the standard soaker-uppers, including the mustard-fried Dead Hippie and an excellent vegan number, the Burgaloo, made with a spiced potato, beetroot and black bean patty. The green chilli cheese fries do the job in exemplary fashion.

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1. Balady

750 Finchley Rd, London NW11 7TH, UK
London’s best sandwiches: sabich at Balady Micaela Filippo/Instagram

Some hangovers are so spirit-crushing that they render even the act of picking up cutlery nigh-on impossible. Step forwards the sabich at Temple Fortune legend Balady: an extremely sizeable pitta pocket loaded up with freshly fried aubergine, hard boiled eggs, hummus, chilli sauce and mango pickle. No knife or fork required, just a lot of napkins.

750 Finchley Rd
London NW11 7TH, UK

2. Xi'an Impression London

117 Benwell Rd, London N7 7BW, UK
Qishan noodles in a sour broth at Xi’an Impression, a Xi’an Chinese restaurant in north London Emma Hughes/Eater London

There’s never a bad time to visit Xi’an Impression — but the peak of a booze-induced existential crisis is an especially good one. And however crashing the headache, it’s always worth fighting through the match-day hordes in Holloway for generous, restorative plates including ‘skin cold’ noodles, pulled pork burger and Biangbiang noodles in an assortment of hot, sweet, piquant guises.

117 Benwell Rd
London N7 7BW, UK

3. Black Axe Mangal

156 Canonbury Rd, London N1 2UP, UK
A lamb offal flatbread and pork crackling at Black Axe Mangal, featuring flowery tablecloths Ola Smit

Loud music, massive flavours and an awful lot of offal: it’s kill or cure here. This isn’t the place to ease oneself gently back into the land of the living, but the hash browns, famous flatbreads and deep fried cherry pie were tailor made for absorbing the excesses of a big night (bonus: they do brunch too). Just don’t spend too long looking at the floor.

156 Canonbury Rd
London N1 2UP, UK

4. Delhi Grill

21 Chapel Market, London N1 9EZ, UK
Butter chicken, chicken fry and chutneys at Delhi Grill in Chapel Market, one of the best restaurants in Islington Ola Smit

A stalwart across multiple editions of Eater London’s essential 38 restaurants, Delhi Grill knocks out affordable, (largely) Northern Indian plates in which the flavours are every bit as arresting as the dining room plastered in pastels and Bollywood posters. Anything from the tandoor is sure to be a success — sheekh kebabs and tandoori paneer are especially strong — while dhaba (roadside food stall) classics like railway lamb and butter chicken are just the ticket for anyone in need of traditional soothing.

21 Chapel Market
London N1 9EZ, UK

5. Roti King

40 Doric Way, London NW1 1LH, UK
Roti canai at Roti King, reopened in Euston Ola Smit/Eater London

London’s favourite Malaysian Tamil restaurant’s phenomenal, flaky, fat-enriched roti canai, lentil curry and spicy noodle assemblies are all perfect for settling the stomach and the spirit. They’re now available in Victoria’s Market Hall too — good news for hangovers that began in south-east London, Brighton, or Kent.

40 Doric Way
London NW1 1LH, UK

6. Smokestak

35 Sclater St, London E1 6LB, UK

The low lighting and soothing Nordic stylings at this Islington favourite are just the thing. Smokestak excels at meaty marvels: brisket buns with pickled chilli, pork belly rib and 30-day-dry-aged beef rib. The jacket potato with mustard rarebit and sticky toffee pudding with clotted cream ice cream feel like sympathy on a plate.

35 Sclater St
London E1 6LB, UK

7. Holborn Dining Room

252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN, UK
Holborn Dining Room Official

When only triple carbs will do, make haste for the Holborn Dining Room. Pair one of Callum Franklin’s legendary pies — the potato, Comté and caramelised onion one suggests itself — with chips and champ for a never-fail remedy. Roll home afterwards and get straight back into bed.

252 High Holborn
London WC1V 7EN, UK

8. Blacklock Soho

24 Great Windmill St, Soho, London W1D 7LG, UK
London’s best Sunday roasts: Blacklock steakhouse’s spread of steaks, lamb chops and pork chops Blacklock Official

There are surprisingly few restaurants that better a home-cooked Sunday roast on a hangover. The sourcing of meat from one of Britain’s best butchers — Warren’s in Cornwall — together with enthusiastic portioning and solid trimmings make Blacklock’s one worth getting dressed for. During the week it’s central London’s finest chop house, too.

24 Great Windmill St, Soho
London W1D 7LG, UK

9. Kiraku

8 Station Parade, Uxbridge Rd, Ealing Common, London W5 3LD, UK
Instagram/@kirakulondon

Head to one of Ealing’s finest restaurants for a deeply restorative bowls of miso butter corn ramen, or atsu-atsu udon, winningly accessorised with greaseless, generous tempura of prawn. Kiraku’s enduring popularity means it’s not one for a spontaneous hangover visit — plan for a sore head in advance and make a booking.

8 Station Parade, Uxbridge Rd, Ealing Common
London W5 3LD, UK

10. Dishoom Kensington

4 Derry St, Kensington, London W8 5SE, UK
Dishoom Official

The bacon sandwich, a tried-and-true hangover cure, finds its fullest and most effective expression in Dishoom’s feted bacon naan. Also recommended: kejriwal (fried eggs on chilli-cheese toast), the double-carb vada pau and all of the biryanis.

4 Derry St, Kensington
London W8 5SE, UK

11. Monty's Deli

Market Halls Victoria, 191 Victoria St, Westminster, London SW1E 5NE, UK
A Montys Deli reuben sandwich, white bread stuffed with pastrami, cheese, sauerkraut and pickles Joe Woodhouse/Monty’s Deli

Its Hoxton Street site may sadly have closed its doors, but Monty’s reuben (officially one of London’s best sandwiches) can still be enjoyed in Spitalfields and over in Victoria’s Market Hall by those suffering from a severe case of wine flu. Packed with pastrami, salt beef, cheese, mustard and pickles, there isn’t much it can’t fix.

Market Halls Victoria, 191 Victoria St, Westminster
London SW1E 5NE, UK

12. Theo's

2 Grove Ln, Camberwell, London SE5 8SY, UK

Cold pizza may be the traditional hangover fixer, but one fresh out of the oven is far less punitive. Theo’s is one of the few places in Camberwell (along with Silk Road) that command a wait for a table at the weekend. It’s well worth the queue, even with a sore head and bleary eyes — especially for the Camberwell scotch bonnet ‘nduja or the wood oven aubergine.

2 Grove Ln, Camberwell
London SE5 8SY, UK

13. Nandine

82 Vestry Rd, Camberwell, London SE5 8PQ, UK
A Kurdish mezze platter at Nandine Nandine [Official Photo]

The exemplary Kurdish mezze platters that thrilled Jay Rayner when he visited Nandine are also one of south London’s finest hangover cures, should said malady persist into the evening. Choose from a meaty version featuring tamarind meatballs, a vegetarian one with toothsome grilled halloumi or a vegan plate with baba ghanoush, all of which come plentifully supplemented with pillowy-fresh bread. 

82 Vestry Rd, Camberwell
London SE5 8PQ, UK

14. Nanban

426 Coldharbour Ln, Brixton, London SW9 8LF, UK

Sweat it out and soak it up at this purveyor of Japanese soul food that makes clear the debt it owes to Brixton Village and Market Row. Look out for The Leopard, a rich chilli-sesame pork broth, burnt garlic oil, pork belly, Parmesan, and Scotch bonnet bamboo shoot, jerk pork katsu sandos and a hearty plantain katsu curry.

426 Coldharbour Ln, Brixton
London SW9 8LF, UK

15. Meatliquor

74 Northcote Rd, London SW11 6QL, UK
Ola Smit/Eater London

The cure for a south-west London sesh can be be found in the same spot where it almost certainly began: Northcote Road. The new Meatliquor SW11 serves all the standard soaker-uppers, including the mustard-fried Dead Hippie and an excellent vegan number, the Burgaloo, made with a spiced potato, beetroot and black bean patty. The green chilli cheese fries do the job in exemplary fashion.

74 Northcote Rd
London SW11 6QL, UK

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