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Late-night restaurants in London

The capital has late-night pubs aplenty and soon we'll have a 24-hour tube, but where can you grab a bite in London after hours? Here's where…

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Looking for somewhere you can sit down and enjoy a meal after 11pm – but want to avoid the late-night party venues where food is secondary to drinking? Here's our pick of the places for a late supper in the bustling West End and beyond. And if you're looking for after-hours fun that's a little less civilised, check out list of London's late-night bars and pubs.

Late-night restaurants in central London

Balthazar

Last seating: 11.30pm Mon-Thu; midnight Fri, Sat; 11pm Sun

Open until: 12.30am Fri, Sat; midnight Mon-Thu; 11.30pm Sun

This NYC import from Keith McNally opened in 2013, mimicking the New York original perfectly, with red awnings, leather banquettes, mirrored walls and mosaic floors. The menu remains a nostalgic transatlantic affair and the signature dishes (among others) are well worth a taste. Including the onion soup, duck shepherd’s pie, and the delightfully retro pavlova. 

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Covent Garden

Bob Bob Ricard

Last seating: 11pm Fri, Sat; 10pm Mon-Thu; 9.30pm Sun

Open until: 1am Thu-Sat; midnight Sun-Wed

A meal here isn’t cheap, but is sure to impress. BBR is enthusiastically outlandish and there’s joy in every corner, from the Roaring ’20s decor to the ‘press for champagne’ buzzers at each booth. The menu skips between Russia and Europe, with treats including vodka shots, venison tartare and chicken kiev. Give the Orkney beef borscht a go, it’s immensely gratifying. 

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Soho

La Bodega Negra

Last seating: 11.30pm daily

Open until: 1am Mon-Sat; midnight Sun

The neon sign outside reads ‘sex shop’ and a mannequin in the entrance sports a gimp suit, but the real excitement begins when you descend the stairs into this nightclub-like restaurant. It’s so dark and loud you’ll need a moment to adjust, but take comfort in the homely Mexican cooking. Order some soft flour tacos with a tender beef filling or a crunchy cheese and roasted tomato quesadilla.

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Soho

Brasserie Zédel

Venue says: Dine with us and enjoy live music! Our swinging house bands play six nights a week from 9.30pm (9pm on Sundays).

Last seating: 11.30pm Mon-Sat, 10.30pm Sun

Open until: midnight Mon-Sat; 11pm Sun

Restaurateurs Chris Corbin and Jeremy King, creators of the Wolseley and the Delaunay, have struck gold with this grand art deco basement brasserie. Affordable French staples are the big draw and set menus start at under a tenner for two courses. Highlights here include the beef bourguignon, which comes with a buttery mash and chocolate profiteroles crammed with splendid whipped vanilla cream.

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Piccadilly Circus

Café TPT

Last seating: 12.30am daily

Open until: 1am daily

The menu in the window of Café TPT looks longer than the complete musings of Confucius, but rest assured these dishes – from Hong Kong, mainland China and the diaspora – are all produced competently. Plump for a Cantonese dish, perhaps succulent roast duck on rice or a sizzling dish of stuffed tofu, served in a hot stone bowl. 

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Chinatown

Dean Street Townhouse

Last seating: midnight Mon-Sat; 10.30pm Sun

Open until: 1am Fri, Sat; midnight Mon-Thu; 11pm Sun

Settle into one of a series of Georgian era rooms here and enjoy classic British dishes. There’s a great fish and chips with mushy peas, as well as cauliflower and Keen’s cheddar soup, and liver with bacon and onions. Special note must be given to the other Scottish national dish perpetually on the carte: mince and tatties.

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Soho

The Delaunay

Last seating: 11.30pm Mon-Sat; 10.30pm Sun

Open until: midnight Mon-Sat; 11pm Sun

This follow-up to the Wolseley from Chris Corbin and Jeremy King takes inspiration from grand European cafés, with a mix of green leather banquette seating, dark wood, brass rails and a black and white marble floor. The café and bar area leads through to the main dining room (ask what the dish of the day is), while next door is the Counter, a café serving savouries, cakes and coffee. 

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Covent Garden

Dishoom

Last seating: 11.45pm Thu-Sat; 10.45pm Sun-Wed

Open until: midnight Thu-Sat; 11pm Sun-Wed

This swish Bombay brasserie in the style of the old post-colonial 'Irani cafés' of Bombay, is filled with retro design features: whirring ceiling fans, low-level lighting and vintage Indian advertising. Stop in here for a late-night dal, biryani or a pau bhaji (toasted white bread roll with a spicy vegetable stew as a filling) and wash it down with an endlessly refilled house chai (Indian-style tea). 

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Covent Garden

Duck & Waffle

Last seating: 4.30am

Open until: 5am daily

Board the glass lift in the Sushisamba building and whizz up to Duck & Waffle on the fourtieth floor for a stunning view and a slap-up meal. Food is an on-trend mix of small plates, raw offerings (oysters, ceviche) and a few main courses (including roast chicken and the namesake duck confit and waffle). But be warned, the prices are as sky-high as the setting.

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Moorgate

Hakkasan Mayfair

Last seating: 12.15am Thu-Sun; 11.15pm Mon-Wed

Open until: 1.30am Thu-Sun; 12.30am Mon-Wed

A bright and inviting Asian restaurant. Luxury items are folded into the dishes with shameless abandon, including prawn balls with a molten centre of liquid foie gras, abalone, crab, lobster and wagyu beef. Remember, this isn’t Chinatown and the prices reflect the fact (that and the waitresses’ Diane Von Furstenberg uniforms), but for £12.30 you can get a platter of plump and fresh veggie dumplings.

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Late-night restaurants in north London

Hala

Last seating: 1.30am daily

Open until: 2am daily

Hala may be a simple eat-in or takeaway joint, but it has always been smart. Waiting staff wear black waistcoats and yellow ties, while the ladies sitting in the window hand-rolling gözleme (filled crêpes) sport matching white T-shirts and hair nets. Sample their succulent lamb, straight from the grill, or tuck into their excellent mixed meze.

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Thornton Heath

Mangal II

Last seating: 12.30am Mon-Sat; 11.30pm Sun

Open until: 1am Mon-Sat; midnight Sun

This long-serving kebab specialist in Stoke Newington was opened by Turkish chef Ali Dirik, the founder of Mangal Ocakbasi (known as Mangal I) down the road in Dalston. The décor over two floors is simple and neat, leaving the charcoal grill to take centre-stage. Capable chefs grill meat and seafood to compliment the meze starters, and there are plenty of options for veggies too.

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Stoke Newington

Pizza East Kentish Town

Last seating: 11.30pm Fri, Sat; 10.30pm Mon-Thu; 10pm Sun

Open until: midnight Fri, Sat; 11pm Mon-Thu; 10.30pm Sun

Decked in uncompromising industrial chic, this north London branch of the PE chain can get very noisy, but the conversational clang is just about the only negative to the place. Pizza is imaginatively topped, on bases made from a ciabatta-style dough, with prices starting from just £6 for mozzarella, tomato and basil, and rise to £13 for one with San Daniele ham, datterini tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella.

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Kentish Town

Late-night restaurants in east London

Lahore Kebab House

Last seating: 1am daily

Open until: 1am daily

It might not look like much, but Lahore Kebab House is a place of pilgrimage for curry lovers. Queues snake out of the door at weekends, with diners travelling from afar to sample Punjabi-style tandoori grilled meat and generous portions of ghee-laden curry. Bargain prices, attentive service and a BYO policy add to the draw. 

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Whitechapel

Mangal Ocakbasi

Last seating: 12.30am daily

Open until: 1am daily

Also known as Mangal I (number two is up the road in Stokey), this restaurant opened over 20 years ago and still excels at grilled meat. Don’t bother with the starters, beeline for the cop sis and the tavuk beyti; one dish of rich and succulent grilled lamb (cop sis) and another of delicately garlicky, melty kebab of minced chicken (tavuk). 

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Shacklewell

Pizza East Shoreditch

Last seating: 1am Fri, Sat; midnight Thu; 11pm Sun-Wed

Open until: 2am Fri, Sat; 1am Thu; midnight Sun-Wed

The popularity of Pizza East, one of the first bastions of Shoreditch gentrification, hasn’t waned. This Soho House operation still packs out the landmark Tea Building, with hipsters and City boys arriving to eat well past 9pm during the week. Park yourself on a bench and sample the doughy goods, with a palatable variety of toppings, including pork belly and mushroom, plus courgette, olives, robiola cheese and thyme.

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Shoreditch

Tayyabs

Last seating: 11.30pm daily

Open until: midnight daily

If you come here expecting a relaxing evening, cheery service or an intimate atmosphere, you’ll be disappointed: this is a hectic, loud, in-and-out sort of place. Also, if you come here without booking, expect to wait up to an hour for a table. But don’t be put off, because this Punjabi stalwart is cheap and the food is bold. Tuck into the fiery grilled lamb chops, rich dahls and masala chana.

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Whitechapel

Late-night restaurants in south London

Mamuska!

Last seating: 11pm Thu-Sat; 10pm Sun-Wed

Open until: midnight Thu- Sat; 11pm Sun-Wed

This Polish ‘milk’ bar (‘bar mleczny’) seems ideally suited to the Elephant & Castle shopping centre. More transport caff than a haven of Polish home cooking, Mamuska! offers filling fare, fast and at bargain prices. Spacious, clean and family-friendly, it’s unsurprisingly popular with an eclectic clientele. Pop in for pierogi or some dumplings. 

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Elephant and Castle

VQ

Last seating: N/A

Open until: 24-hours

This Fulham Road venue has been offering 24-hour dining to Chelsea for nearly 20 years now. Breakfasts and brunches do brisk business, with eggs benedict, full Englishes and omelettes alongside free tea and coffee refills. Throughout the day - and night - visitors can expect burgers, pasta dishes, superfood salads, dogs and steak frites.

NB: Between midnight and 7am a charge of £1.50 (Sun-Thu) or £2.50 (Fri, Sat) per person applies.

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Chelsea

Late-night restaurants in west London

Brilliant

Last seating: 11.30pm Fri, Sat; 11pm Tue-Thu, Sun

Open until: midnight Fri, Sat; 11.30pm Tue-Thu, Sun; closed Mon

This glitzy Southall landmark has been trading for nigh-on 40 years and boasts a banqueting hall that seats 120, as well as running cookery courses. The owners, the Anand family, hail from Kenya – hence the tandoori tilapia fish and mogo (cassava-root chips) – but their straightforward Punjabi cooking is exemplary. Fish pakora followed by methi chicken karahi remain sublime options.

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Southall

Maroush I

Last seating: 1.30am

Open until: 2am daily

There’s often a party vibe in this basement space as Maroush hosts belly dancing every night. Perhaps this distraction is why the service can be poor at times, but the food is competently prepared, and the classics work well. Houmous is dense and nutty, tabouleh is fresh and fuul is OK.

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Paddington

Ranoush Juice

Last seating: 2.30am daily

Open until: 3am daily

An Edgware Road staple, Ranoush is the rough and ready pit stop in the Maroush (see above) family of Lebanese restaurants. It’s a narrow space, but there’s room to sit down. Behind the counter the gyros turn steadily. The succulent, aromatic meat tastes exactly how you want it to when carved on to plates or into sandwiches, slathered with creamy houmous and layered with pickles.

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Paddington

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David N
David N

i agree - ridiculous article


doesnt even have the obvious ones like duck and waffle or vingt quatre

Fiercehairdo
Fiercehairdo

Many of these restaurants actually close or stop serving at 11pm! Rendering the whole "late-night" theme of the article pointless. Expected more accurate info from Time Out. And you even specifically claim it is for people wanting to eat after 11. Useless.