The Sober Guide to London

Amanda Gegg, November 2017

If there’s anyone still out there who thinks that a good time in London has to involve alcohol then it’s time to get with the programme. Never before has there been a better time to be sober in this great city. Whether you’ve opted for the teetotal lifestyle (in which case I tip my hat to you), or perhaps – shock horror – you just don’t feel like drinking one night, there are so many fun options that you might not even realise exist. So here we have for you our pick of the most unique…

Redemption Bar, Notting Hill and Shoreditch
Claiming to be the healthiest bar/restaurant on the planet is quite a tall order but the guys at Redemption seem to have pulled it off with their gorgeous-looking menu that is alcohol, sugar and wheat-free.

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Drink, Shop & Do, King’s Cross
If you’re all about the crafts then you’ll love the quirkiness of Drink, Shop & Do. Even though they do serve alcohol here you’d barely notice with all the activities on offer, not to mention the specialist classes which include nipple-tassel making and doughnut-decorating to name a few.

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Draughts Board Game Café, Haggerston
This is definitely one for the gamers out there: a café completely devoted to the fine art of board gaming. And that’s not all. Aside from their 600-strong collection of board games they also host workshops where you can design your own.

Cereal Killer Café, Camden and Brick Lane
If you haven’t visited the Cereal Killer Café then I strongly advise you to put it to the top of your list. Who needs alcohol when you could have selection of pretty much every cereal ever invented served to you in amongst an array of kitsch 80s memorabilia?

Choccywoccydoodah, Carnaby Street
If you’ve ever underestimated the power of a good hot chocolate then I dare you to visit the connoisseurs at Choccywoccydoodah, where they’ve taken the concept to unbelievably delicious levels. If you don’t think this is worth going out for then their Instagram page will undoubtedly change your mind.

Junkyard Golf, Brick Lane
This is a great one if your friends want to drink but you don’t fancy it because how could you possibly be left bored in the corner when there is an epic game of indoor crazy golf to be won?

‘Book Slam’ (Various Venues)
Literature-lovers assemble: there is actually a London-based literary club night that moves across the capital throughout the year. From this you can expect creative mastery on stage and, of course, the joy of being able to talk about books with people that actually care.

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