Slippers, bottomless Bloody Marys, home-cooked grub and sitcoms on the telly provide the perfect antidote to a raucous night on the tiles
Hangovers really are the work of the devil, leaving many people’s Sundays a total write-off. A hangover is definitely an experience you want to forget – but not any more.
Earlier this month, Leicester Square’s W Hotel launched its new weekly experience, W Does Brunch. Taking place every Sunday from 12pm in their beautiful, monochrome W Lounge, it’s billed as the ‘perfect antidote to a Wyld night out’ (Wyld of course relates to the hotel’s infamous Saturday night parties) – and it’s just the ticket if you’re feeling a bit worse for wear.
Since brunch became big news in the Capital, going for your hangover-quelling salmon and scrambled eggs on toast and a Bloody Mary can be a horrible experience, involving long queues and table-turning from the moment you sit down. But there’s none of that here. You’re actually encouraged to kick back, read the Sunday papers, put on some tartan slippers from a bag neatly placed by your seat, take your time with your meal and ultimately chill out. Lazy Sundays have never been so good. It’s so relaxing, according to our waiter they’ve had ‘at least one person go to sleep here’ every weekend.
Brunch is a set menu at £25 (there’s also a special menu for veggies), with bottomless Bloody Marys, Red Snappers (not just a Bloody Mary with gin, as we later learned) or strawberry balsamic smoothies an extra £25. My partner and I opted for Bloody Marys and brunch was kicked off with a delicious, tart pot of berry granola.
As we lay back on our comfy seats, we were treated to a fab soundtrack of Bryan Ferry, Daft Punk and Madonna songs spun by Anna Greenwood, of Guilty Pleasures fame. Soon the pièce de résistance arrived, the delicious afternoon tea-style selection of brunch favourites, home cooked by W Head Chef Peter Lloyd. Delicately laid out on a tray, we were treated to a posh upgrade of classic dishes – mini Welsh rarebit, caeser salad, smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel. The highlight was an amazingly indulgent smoked haddock and salmon scotch egg, a great twist on the British picnic classic.
As we waited for our next course, my partner and I were offered the chance to take part in a cocktail masterclass. We were talked through how to make a classic Bloody Mary and Red Snapper, learning the differences between the two – it’s not just the spirit bases, a Red Snapper is richer and more like a gazpacho – who knew! This inspired me to make and taste the Red Snapper, which tasted pleasant but felt a bit rich and heavy after all the food – definitely something to start off with.
For our final course we chomped our way through truffle macaroni cheese and a mini roast dinner – beef, yorkshire pudding and seasonal veg. The beef was so good my partner loudly exclaimed it was the best hunk of meat he’d ever tasted in his life, and actually went out of his way to tweet his compliments to the hotel. For afters we were encouraged to tuck into a retro sweet stall comprised of flying saucers, popping candy, peanut butter cookies and a violet and rose chocolate brownie. I could just about manage half a cookie and half a brownie.
The laid-back vibes didn’t stop there, as we moved into the hotel’s 39-seater screening room to sit back and watch a bit of Absolutely Fabulous. Every week they put on classic and newer sitcoms throughout the afternoon, so if you want a cheeky snooze after eating and drinking away the night before you can do so in plush surroundings. Your hangovers will never be the same again.