The Blues Kitchen
The Blues Kitchen is renowned for bringing the blues, bourbon and soul food of the Deep South to buzzing Camden, London’s musical heart. But did you know it also offers a weekend brunch from ten to four, including one of the best Bloody Marys we’ve tasted — made with vodka, organic tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, mustard, salt and pepper? Garnished with celery, cucumber and lemon, The Blues Kitchen’s Bloody Mary is a spot-on classic.
111-113 Camden High St, Camden, London, UK +44 20 7387 5277
Hotbox, located in trendy Shoreditch, is the name on everyone’s lips for a boozy brunch. With five different variations on offer — including the Classic, Smoked, Spiced, Green and Red — Bloody Mary fans are spoiled for choice. Our favourite is the Smoked Bloody Mary, made with Bulleit bourbon, classic base of tomato, Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, lemon and Hotbox Smoked barbecue sauce. Most diners visiting for brunch tend to opt for the bottomless brunch option, which includes two hours of bottomless Prosecco, Mimosas and Bloody Marys.
46-48 Commercial St, Shoreditch, London, UK +44 20 7247 1817
The Victoria already has a devoted following in Battersea for offering fab food at great value, but its Bloody Marys are really something to write home about. The Bloody Basil Mary is made with basil-infused vodka, spirit mix, spice mix and tomato juice. Served in jam jars for a whimsical twist, and garnished with marinated olives, the homemade basil vodka is really special and makes the drink. This, teamed with the Victoria Full (the brunch menu is available until four in the afternoon) is a hangover essential.
166 Queenstown Road, Battersea, London, UK +44 20 7819 9888
Paradise By Way
West London’s favourite gastropub-cum-restaurant-cum-club has something for everyone, with a fantastic cocktail selection that includes a Bloody Mary — made with vodka, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, pickled garlic, salt, pepper and lime juice — that is guaranteed to blow away the cobwebs from the night before. Make the most of this foodie hot spot by following up with a Sunday Roast — the head chef, Cat Ashton (formerly of Petersham Nurseries) creates hearty and delicious dishes with an emphasis on locally sourced produce. Perfect for a guilt-free Sunday session.
19 Kilburn Lane, Kensal Green, London, UK +44 20 8969 0098
Percy and Founders
Percy & Founders, located in the heart of Fitzrovia, offers hungry Londoners everything from a quick morning coffee and boozy weekend brunches to business lunches, drawn-out dinners and evening cocktails. A series of unusual Bloody Marys sit on the breakfast and brunch menus and are available from seven thirty in the morning on weekdays. Try the Percy Bloody Mary (house recipe), The Bloody Consommé (a lighter Bloody Mary) and The Bloody Maria (a twist on the classic made, with yellow tomatoes), which is particularly Instagram-friendly.
1 Pearson Square, Fitzrovia, London, UK +44 20 3761 0200
Going Virgin? Head for Christopher’s, the American Martini Bar in Covent Garden, and try the ‘Bloody Shame!’, made with tomato juice, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce and spicy seasoning. The horseradish is perfectly balanced to ensure you still get a kick without tasting like a roast dinner, the way some Bloody Marys we’ve tried before have left us!
18 Wellington St, Convent Garden, London, UK +44 20 7240 4222