We love booze, it’s the worst kept secret in town. Every day, every hour, somewhere in the world there’s a BarChick knocking back a cocktail in the name of research. We know you’re grateful. But, apparently life’s about balance, and not just the type you lack on the way back from the pub. For every big night out there’s a big night in with your name on the list, yin and yang and all that. Wake up fresher, look hotter, get a little slimmer, what’s not to love?
Let’s make sobriety less of a dirty word, here’s how to cruise on the wagon, say yes to your health, and we’ll see you on the other side.
You’ve never had time to do a juice cleanse before; giving up boozing for five days just doesn’t work with your schedule. Well with Plenish’s special offer on for August, we say, now’s your chance. All aboard the juice bandwagon, apparently your eyeballs will feel like they’ve been scrubbed with a toothbrush after the third day. In a good way. In fact if you can’t handle the full cleanse, Plenish juices can be enjoyed anytime, get them delivered or grab some from Selfridges / Liberty / Planet Organic. Our favourite? The cashew milk, baby.
London’s been behind the juice curve for approximately forever. We used to hit Joe & The Juice just to get them to blitz up brownies, Snickers bars, more peanut butter and god knows what else and call it a healthy smoothie, gone are the days. Now it’s all about cold-pressing a horseradish into a vat of blended kale and washing it down with a shot of ginger. The Juice Well does it best.
4 Peter Street, London W1D 0DN
With plans for multiple stores all over London in the near future Roots & Bulbs is more than a couple of hippies serving up carrot juice in paper cups. They mean business. Not for the faint hearted, juices here are for hardcore healthy; where’s the friendly strawberry and banana option? Man up and get involved people.
5 Thayer Street, London W1U 3JG
Anyone who’s ever had their tongue burnt off by tea from any train station Costa (seriously, do they ever cool the f*ck down?) will appreciate the care Amanzi put into brewing. Each leaf requires a different temperature and brew-time for optimum flavour and taps are set to permanently deliver. Green tea, white tea, bubble tea, matcha tea and infusions are all served here. Drink over ice on warmer days.
24 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 8TX
Fresh Coconuts delivered to your door? Yeah that’s right. Who wants pasteurised Vita Coco water when you can have the real deal? Cococface use Nam Hong coconuts aka the Champagne of coconuts. Buy ‘em from Ocado or health food shops, but we say get a box delivered each week, hangovers no more.
Not actually part of the hotel, Press Juice is deceivingly located around the corner. The best thing on offer? The Pre-Tox Tonic, drink it before you fall off the wagon, it’s supposed to help with the hangover.
1 Ham Yard, London, W1D 7DT
If you’re struggling to kick the fags or you’re just a bit of city-boy t*sser, you’ll love these smoke-free smokers hangouts. They say “London’s first electronic cigarette and coffee shop" we say gross, but for those of you looking to quit, this might be just the place. Go get some.
232 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6PJ
Questionably named but undisputedly effective, the Instagram-famous Skinny Bitch Collective classes are known to be whipping all the hot chicks into shape. When BarChick went her winger puked after the first 30 minutes, don’t say we didn’t warn you.
With no sign of a membership fee, simply sign up and top up your Frame card (works just like an Oyster card). Then book online for whatever class that takes ya fancy. We love the Madonna moves in the Voga Class, but for the BarChicks it’s all about the rebounding, aka dance music and trampolining. Need we say more?
Shoreditch // Queen's Park
Frightening at first and then both invigorating and competitive. Race all the other nut jobs in the room and give yourself saddle rash for the following week. Rave music and the clip-on bike shoes you see the pros wearing are a definite highlight.
Mr Motivator eat your heart out, these guys have got more buns than Greggs. An ice white smile and slightly too small a vest mean that 8 minutes of this will have you feeling tight as a tiger from the waist up, even if it is from being in hysterics.
Sans hangover breakfast meetings suddenly become a whole lot more appealing. Hit The Good Life Eatery and go for that egg heavy option that usually makes your stomach churn. Monster smoothies are also a damn decent option for those feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed.
59 Sloane Avenue, London SW3 3DH
If you’re really on a guilt trip about your former ways bring your sorry carcass here for a full vegan makeover. Don’t wear fur, we did this once, it wasn’t pretty.
250 Camden High Street, London NW1 8QS
The best value fill-a-box option in London? We think so. For extra tekkers dine in, you can almost double the volume of vegetarian food squeezed in if you don’t have to close the lid. Get addicted to Kombucha tea, it tastes like something you’d throw away if you found it in the fridge but for some reason we can’t help but go back for seconds, strange.
25 - 27 Oxford Street, London W1D 2DW