London's best late-night bars, restaurants and clubs
London's 24-hour Tube might be delayed, but that doesn't mean London shuts down after dark. We know the best late-night restaurants and bars, as well as 24-hour bagel shops.
If you're a bit of a night owl who enjoys wondering the city's streets, keep an eye out for these stops. They won't disappoint.
Open until 3am Friday and Saturday; until midnight Monday to Thursday
Grab a slice or two of New York-style 22-inch (55-centimetre) pizzas at Voodoo Ray's after late-night shenanigans in Dalston. Try one of the quirky offerings, such as the Full Moon Slice (bacon dust and Japanese mayonnaise) and wash it down with a glass of the NYC-inspired Coney Island Iced Tea.
Open 24 hours
This no-frills Brick Lane institution has been a cheap and cheerful go-to (bagel with smoked salmon or other fillings for less than £2/$A4 and sweet pastries for less than £1/$A2) for late-night partygoers of the East End for years.
Treat yourself to exotic Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian fusion fare at Sushisamba (open until 2am Tues-Sat) while enjoying 360-degree views of the city from the 38th/39th floors of the tower. And if it's a really late one, head upstairs to the 24-hour Duck and Waffle restaurant serving unusual late-night bites, from barbecue-spiced crispy pig ears to duck & waffle (crispy leg confit and fried duck egg with mustard maple syprup). And if you're feeling brave, try the Marmite black velvet cocktail, described to have the "appearance of death".
Open until 1am on Friday and Saturday
This "cavernous French restaurant and bar" in Piccadilly, with "all the bustle, marble and gilded mirrors that you would expect from a respectable Parisian brasserie, is surprisingly affordable" and "has plenty of Forties glamour, classic cocktails and lots of seating".
Open until 2am every day
Craving a late-night kebab but from not from your dingy local hole-in-the-wall shop? Get your fix at Hala in Haringay, which offers a full Turkish menu including kebabs with rice and salad. Or buy Turkish takeaway from Marathon Kebabs in Camden (open until midnight daily).
Drink Shop Do
Open until 2am Friday and Saturday
This eclectic food, drink and arts cafe offers afternoon teas, coffee, cakes and other light bites by day, and dark and sweaty basement dance parties by night, with a mix of old-school tracks and the latest new music. Its playful and quirky ground floor interiors feature candy-coloured walls and counters, mismatched wooden chairs, board games and hanging ceiling decorations.
Open until 5am; reopening at 7am for breakfast
Get your caffeine fix at this historic post-war London coffee bar, first opened by an Italian immigrant couple in 1949, when it soon became a favourite haunt among Italian locals. Today’s regulars are said to include various characters, from "Soho trendies" to "sports personalities, famous musicians and film stars". It prides itself on serving the best cup of coffee, using a "tried and tested system that works" and a "secret blend".
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Polo Bar and Cafe
The 24-hour “upbeat and relaxing” cafe set across from Liverpool Street Station serves coffee as well as a full range of hearty British fare, from traditional English breakfasts to fish and chips, sausage and mash and beyond. Great for both late-night club crawlers and early birds on their way to work.
Open until 2.30am daily; until 4.30am bimonthly
This 1950s-style milkshake bar in Shoreditch is furnished with retro American diner booths, vintage lamps and an arcade machine, as well as US car licence plates and vintage posters. The cafe offers both traditional and alcoholic milkshakes as well as hot dogs and free coffee refills all day.
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Late-Night Live Music
Ain't Nothing But
Open until 2am on Friday and Saturday; until 1am Monday to Thursday
Dubbed the “best Blues Bar this side of the Atlantic”, the popular venue near Carnaby Street has been graced by several high-profile artists, including an impromptu appearance by Amy Winehouse. Free admission from Sunday to Thursday and free before 8.30pm on Friday and Saturday.
Open until 3am Monday to Saturday (closed Sundays)
For something perhaps a bit rowdier, spend your early morning hours at this rock'n'roll beer and whisky affair off Charing Cross Road, where you might mingle with Nirvana- and ACDC-T-shirt wearing heavy rock music lovers.
Late-Night Boozing & Dancing
St Pancras Renaissance Booking Office Bar
Open from 6.30am until late Monday to Saturday
The historic Victorian-era St Pancras Renaissance Booking Office bar and restaurant, dating back to 1873, is an elegant space, apt for killing time with a drink at its 29 metre-long bar, while waiting for an early morning or late-night train at St Pancras station.
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Experimental Cocktail Club
Open until 3am
Blink and you'd miss this trendy drinking den in Chinatown, which is flanked by nothing but a battered, unmarked door on Gerrard Street. Inside is a three-storey drinking emporium, with a decent soundtrack of funk and hip hop, plenty of French attitude (the original is in Paris) and a twist on old-school drinks, some of which include liquors that date as far back as the 1950s.
Open until 4am
The late-night Soho cabaret nightclub is known for its host of VIP and celebrity guests, from Prince Harry and Zara Phillips to Kate Moss, Jude Law and Mark Ronson. Doors open at 11pm but visitors are supposedly recommended not to come any earlier than midnight.
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