With the Christmas Party season now in full swing, barely a night goes by when much wine isn’t being poured directly into my belly. As I get older however, I’m finding that this sort of indulgence no longer agrees with me. Unlike when I was in my early twenties, hangovers hit me like a tonne of bricks and there is only one known cure. Food. Delicious, greasy, hearty, hot food. Preferably including some combination bacon, eggs and brown sauce. Followed up by chocolate milk and a Comedy Central marathon.
However, unfortunately sometimes a hangover will hit before you’ve had time to stock your shelves and the only thing to do is to venture into the cold outdoors for nourishment.
Tried and tested, these breakfast spots will leave you satisfied.
Portobello Road – Notting Hill
Saturday Morning’s on Portobello Road is one of my favourite places to be, but strolling around the markets of Notting Hill is not conducive to a hangover! A leisurely brunch at The First Floor on Portobello Road though will give you the strength you need to mingle with the masses of locals and tourists. Whilst a little more elegant than your local greasy spoon, you can still get an awesome Eggs Benedict. If you’re after something a little more on-the-go the food markets here will get your mouth watering. With stalls selling ham & cheese croissants, crepes and fresh juice you can’t go wrong (Not to mention the infamous Hummingbird Bakery for those with a sweet tooth!).
Jack’s At The Junction – Clapham Junction
You can frequently find me stumbling down Lavender Hill on a Saturday Morning, on a mission to get to Jack’s before I collapse of hunger. This bustling greasy spoon is always packed, but despite being rushed off their feet, the staff always greet you like an old friend, with a smile and a chat as they take your order. With delicious thick bloomer bread, Jack’s offer quite possibly the best bacon and egg sandwiches in London.
The Breakfast Club – Hoxton
With neon signs and 80s kitsch Americana, The Breakfast Club in East London’s trendy Hoxton specializes in lazy brunches for the in-crowd. If the breakfast burritos, bacon butties of The Full Monty breakfast don’t tickle your fancy, you can always tuck into the phenomenally thick fluffy pancakes. With branches in Angel and Soho, make sure you drag yourself out of bed early to avoid the queues.
Is there anything better than wandering around sampling the delights of the Borough Market traders on the weekend? Perfect if you’re after a bit of hair of the dog, with takeaway pints of home-made cider, sangria and beer available in abundance as well as more burgers and sausages than you can poke a stick at. In such close proximity to the river, a stroll along the Thames is sure to clear your heard, but if the crowds however are a bit much for your weary head, take yourself into Roast for a proper sit-down fry up. With breakfast served until noon, you’ll have plenty of time to devour some tasty Cumberland sausages, and other staples of the great English Breakfast.