New Year's Day = guaranteed hangover and like heck are you going to want to cook. But as luck would have it, whether you're bleary eyed and in need of a good feed, or just looking for somewhere to meet family and friends, there are plenty of decent restaurants and foodie pubs open on January 1 this year, for all budgets and tastes. Scroll down to see our pick.
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Central London restaurants open on New Year's Day
Specialising in stylish pan-Indian tapas, Amaya is favoured by a clientele of well-heeled professionals blessed with good taste and deep pockets. An extravagant choice for those who have had enough of turkey and Christmas pud leftovers.
Meal for two with drinks and service: £150
Venue says: “Get our set lunch for £8.90, Mon-Fri! Includes dan dan noodles, pork belly, braised aubergine rice, spare ribs, aromatic chicken and more!”
Clear out the cobwebs with punchy south-western Chinese cooking potent with chilli spice at this Chinatown eatery.
Meal for two with drinks and service: around £50.
Venue says: “Soho is our first restaurant-style home with seated areas throughout and ze basement offers rest-bite from the buzz of Old Compton Street.”
Smoked sausage in a proper chewy baguette with lashings of mustard and ketchup? Sounds like the ideal antidote to the excesses of the night before.
Meal for two with drinks and service: around £25.
Venue says: “Get two-for-one Shoryu buns every Monday when purchasing any bowl of ramen.”
A steaming bowl of noodles in broth with plenty of roast pork is Japan’s answer to the dirty kebab, and it works just as well on a hangover.
Meal for two with drinks and service: around £40.
North London restaurants open on New Year's Day
Venue says: “Simple classics, beautifully cooked courtesy of highly acclaimed chef Mark Sargeant, in an atmosphere that's elegant and relaxed.”
This smart dining room on the first floor of a hotel overlooking King’s Cross station is a good pitstop, and not just for Potter-spotters.
Meal for two with drinks and service: around £90.
East London restaurants open on New Year's Day
A short stroll away from the more famous Tayyabs is this strikingly similar Pakistani grill restaurant. The vegetarian dishes (tarka dal; crushed potatoes with cauliflower, tomatoes, ginger and fresh coriander) definitely hit the spot.
Meal for two with drinks and service: around £25. BYO: no corkage charge.
South London restaurants open on New Year's Day
West London restaurants open on New Year's Day
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Beit el Zaytoun
A vibrant Mediterranean restaurant in Harlesden that serves up Lebanese food and has a really cosy-looking snug at the back, en route to the riverside garden. If you go in the morning you can enjoy breakfast items like labneh, eggs and balilah (lemon and chickpeas), while later in the day you can get your hands on hot and cold mezze, salads, kebab platters, burgers and wraps. Cakes, crepes and ice cream is on offer for those with a sweet tooth.
Venue says: “Marhaba! Hashtag #BeitElZaytoun to show up on our Instagram.”