Late-night bars and pubs in London

Now London has its 24-hour tube at the weekends, you have no excuse to go home to bed. Hit up these late-night bars and pubs in the capital to quench your thirst into the early hours
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With the 24-hour tube at weekends, you can plan proper nights out in London. Our glorious capital isn't best known for its late-night drinking spots, so to help you avoid the hapless plod around town looking for more liquor, here's our guide to London's late-night bars and pubs. 

Late-night bars in central London

Bars and pubs

Ain't Nothin' But...

icon-location-pin Soho

Until 2am

This blue-painted (natch) venue benefits from a late licence (2am on Fridays and Saturdays) and a specialist music policy. Overall, a likeable student-bohemian vibe sets this place apart from the trendier spots along bar-lined Kingly Street.

Bars and pubs, Gastropubs

Bedford Tavern

icon-location-pin Holloway

Until 2am

There are a few beacons of hope along Seven Sisters Road, such as the Bedford Tavern. It attracts a mixed crowd of long-time residents and younger newcomers to Finsbury Park. All seem to be completely at home in the darkly painted room, drinking craft beers into the early hours.

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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Black Rock

icon-location-pin Shoreditch

Until 2am

Looking for the ultimate nightcap? You've come to the right place. Black Rock is a small whisky bar with a great USP, housing an old oak tree that acts as a table but also doubles as a vessel for two 'whisky rivers' you can drink from. Dram, girl.

Bars and pubs

The Blue Eyed Maid

icon-location-pin The Borough

Until 2am

This pub on Borough High Street is one of the few in the area that's still jumping beyond midnight. When you're in a bleary-eyed state, getting up on Blue Eyed's late-night karaoke stage seems like a very good idea indeed.

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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Brick & Liquor Tooting

icon-location-pin Tooting

Until 2am

Out on the town in Tooting? Carry on the party at Brick & Liquor, where classic cocktails have been given a twist (and a pun). Opt for a glass of Pisco Fever, perhaps?

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Bunga Bunga Covent Garden

icon-location-pin Covent Garden

Until 2am

Don't come here looking for a quiet late-night drink. This is a gaudy, balls-out kind of bar with a wild Italian theme. Banquet on metres' worth of pizza and gallons of prosecco and indulge in an immersive evening out.

Venue says Accessed through the meat locker… a secret world full of quirky cocktails, metre-long pizzas and live entertainment!

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Bars and pubs

Bunga Bunga

icon-location-pin Battersea

Until 2am

A kitsch, tongue-in-cheek bar that pays homage to the playful side of Italy, with party-animal PM Silvio Berlusconi as the poster boy. It seems natural, then, that this bar would stay open until 2am – although if you're expecting an all-night Italian love-in, you're sure to be disappointed.

Bars and pubs

Cartel

icon-location-pin Battersea

Until 2am

Cartel has a sure-fire formula for a great night out – mezcal + tacos + late opening hours. Get into the party mood with a Tommy's Margarita or one of the bar's punchy original drinks.

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Bars and pubs, Sports bars

Four Quarters South

icon-location-pin Peckham Rye

Until 2am

A dedicated classic and retro arcade games bar, The Four Quarters is the place to go if you want to brush up on your 'Street Fighter II' skills or just revel in nostalgia by playing 'Pac Man' until your eyes go square. They certainly will if you're playing until 2am.

Venue says New Year's Eve Peckham House Party - 9pm-4am - FREE ENTRY ALL LOCAL DJs!!

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

The Gibson

icon-location-pin Old Street

Until 2am

Creative cocktails served in crazy glassware, a 1920s theme with flapper girl service and a modest look lit by flickering candles. There's a lot to love about this Clerkenwell hangout. And it stays open until 2am at weekends.

Venue says To celebrate our third birthday we're selling 1,000 martinis for £1 each; Tuesday November 20! All sales donated to The Fawcett Society.

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Bars and pubs, Hotel bars

Green Room at The Curtain

icon-location-pin Shoreditch

Until 2am

If you don’t fancy the usual after-hours basement rave but still feel like burning the midnight oil, The Curtain hotel's Green Room stays open until 2am and is a light, bright space filled with beautiful blooms. The drinks are delicious original cocktails – The Baby Grand tastes like a Crunchie, making it an ideal post-midnight feast.

Clubs

Lost Angel

icon-location-pin Battersea

Until 2am

The mostly twenty-something crowd at Lost Angel revel in the many themed events – Tea Party Saturdays, Bloody Mary Sundays (bombed the Earl Grey too hard the day before?), plus cocktail-making classes. Late weekend openings only seal this venue's deal as a party destination.

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Bars and pubs

Mirth, Marvel and Maud

icon-location-pin Walthamstow

Until 2am

An Art Deco cinema that's been transformed into a multi-purpose bar, come for DJs until 2am come weekends and cocktails served from the ticket booth.

Restaurants, American

The Nickel Bar at The Ned

icon-location-pin Bank

Until 2am

Located in a former Midland Bank, Nickel is less about exchange rates and more about hot dates. It's open until 2am at weekends if you fancy feeling flash in among your late-night crew. Nightcaps include whisky cocktails and a banging grapefruit negroni.

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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Nuala Bar

icon-location-pin Old Street

Until 2am

Have the craic until 2am just off the Old Street roundabout. Nuala Bar is a cute, wood-clad bar with a Irish lean – but not in a tacky way. Enjoy modern folk performances, glasses of punch and smooth Irish whiskey cocktails.

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Old Street Records

icon-location-pin Shoreditch

Until 2am

A popular bar in the heart of Shoreditch. Great for group outings, especially if you're up for sharing pizzas and getting up on that dance floor.

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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Oriole

icon-location-pin Farringdon

Until 2am

If you're looking for a touch of glam on your late-night escapades, hit up Oriole in the Smithfields neighbourhood. It's a tropical underground hangout and the cocktails are out of this world. You can expect live jazz at this hour, too.

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Ridley Road Market Bar

icon-location-pin Kingsland

Until 2am

Open until 2am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Ridley Road Market Bar always has a queue winding down the road as soon as night falls. But it's well worth the wait to get a spot on the dancefloor underneath the mirror ball for a spot of cosmic disco. Grab a ginger mojito and let the good times roll.

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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Ruby’s Bar & Lounge

icon-location-pin Shacklewell

Until 2am

Tunes range from disco to R'n'B, the cocktails are off the hook and the punters are hella friendly. Ruby's is a late-night go to for many as soon as the weekend hits.

Bars and pubs, Hotel bars

Rumpus Room

icon-location-pin South Bank

Until 2am

Indulge in sky-high, late-night merriment at the Mondrian Hotel's rooftop bar the Rumpus Room. It's a mega-stylish spot for cocktails, flirting and fun on a terrace overlooking St Paul's Cathedral.

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Music, Music venues

Shacklewell Arms

icon-location-pin Shacklewell

Until 2am

The Shacklewell is usually crowded, but generally convivial, welcoming a hipster-ish crowd to gigs seven nights a week. There are also club nights, magazine launches and afterparties, all benefitting from a late licence (the pub stays open until 3am on Fridays and Saturdays).

Bars and pubs, Gastropubs

The Spread Eagle

icon-location-pin Homerton

Until 2am

The USP at this Homerton spot is that it’s completely animal-free – from its vegan menu to its conscious candles and non-leather upholstery. So a little bit of late-night sinning that won’t have you feeling too guilty the morning after. For weekends, they bring DJs into the mix for even more good vibes.

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Bars and pubs, Gastropubs

The Tiger

icon-location-pin Homerton

Until 2am

Pizza, squishy leather sofas and Fifa on the big screen all make The Tiger feel like your home away from home. But the booze is infinitely better – from craft beer to sour cocktails. If you’re indulging in an after-hours party here, rest assured that the atmosphere is buzzy.

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Tonight Josephine

icon-location-pin Waterloo

Until 2am

If you're feeling a bit drowsy post-midnight, hit this Waterloo bar plastered in neon and glowing from head to toe. It's one hell of a wake up, as are its sugary drinks from a playful cocktail menu and its tongue-in-cheek music selection... at least, we hope it's supposed to be tongue-in-cheek.

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Bars and pubs, Pubs

Tooting Tram & Social

icon-location-pin Tooting

Until 2am

Hard to spot but impressive once you find it, this converted tram shed incorporates a cavernous, chandelier-lit main bar and a smaller mezzanine, filled with decorative quirks. It’s a laid-back bunch that mingles here into the wee hours on Friday and Saturday, either parked on turquoise-topped bar stools or lounging on the banquettes and antique armchairs.

Bars and pubs

Westow House

icon-location-pin Norwood

Until 2am

Make a late-night trip to this Crystal Palace ale pub with eight pumps, craft beer in the fridge and a 1950s pinball machine you can stay glued to until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays, if you're that way inclined.

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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Worship Street Whistling Shop

icon-location-pin Shoreditch

Until 2am

Speakeasies sure do suit an after-hours visit. Pop down to Worship Street Whistling Shop for Victorian-styled cocktails and dark goings-on until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Aces & Eights

icon-location-pin Kentish Town

Until 2.30am

Tufnell Park has a welcoming dive bar in Aces and Eights, where rock 'n' roll plays on the jukebox, pizzas fly from the oven and whiskeys are served by the dozen. With all that party to be had, it's a ruddy good job Aces and Eights stays open until 2.30am on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Hester's Hideout

icon-location-pin Clerkenwell

Until 2.30am

Add a bit of razzle dazzle to your revelry at Hester’s. The bar offers burlesque, cabaret and, of course, cocktails. Bar staff are happy to guide you through the list of original drinks. Cosy up in one of its booths and take in the spectacle in your glass and on the floor.

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Laki Kane

icon-location-pin Barnsbury

Until 2.30am

If you find yourself washed up in north London in the wee hours, you should definitely say aloha to Laki Kane. The Upper Street bar has a tiki theme, a beachy soundtrack and more rum than you can shake a sugar cane at. Ideal for some late-night good vibrations.

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Bars and pubs, Pubs

Prince of Peckham

icon-location-pin Peckham

Until 2.30am

There's a lively roster of events at this Queen's Road Peckham pub, as well as a menu of jerk chicken treats to fuel you until the wee hours. Get on the dance floor for hip hop, R'n'B and disco nights that suit the young neighbourhood pretty well.

Bars and pubs, Late-night bars

Troy 22

icon-location-pin Fitzrovia

Until 2.30am

A cheesy soundtrack of dance floor fillers and, um, Queen hits keeps central London party people going until 2.30am on Fridays and Saturdays and 1.30am during the week. People clamber up the stairs to the first floor for a boogie once other Soho and Fitzrovia joints have long shut up shop for the day.

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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Big Chill House

icon-location-pin St Pancras

Until 3am

Housed in a large building, the King’s Cross branch can feel a little tumbleweedy on quiet nights, but from Thursday to Sunday the bar usually has DJs keeping things lively until 3am. And it becomes quite the raucous joint, as it's one of the few open late these days in such a heaving part of town.

Music

The Blues Kitchen Camden

icon-location-pin Camden Town

Until 3am

This iconic Camden venue has live jazz and DJs until 2.30am on Fridays and 3am on Saturdays. There are around 50 bourbons in a variety of categories, so you probably need all that time to 'explore' the extensive menu.

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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Burlock

icon-location-pin Marylebone

Until 3am

If you're looking to end things on a gentle note, lull yourself into a very relaxed state at this low-lit Marylebone bar dedicated to rum. Get all blissed out on rum cocktails and feel totally tropical in the faux-Colonial Cuban setting.

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Cahoots

icon-location-pin Soho

Until 3am

Fancy a bit of late-night role play in Soho? No, you filthbag, not like that! Get your name down at Cahoots, the subterranean cocktail den based around a 1940s tube theme. If you get there late at night, just be sure to mind the gap.

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Bars and pubs

Crobar

icon-location-pin Soho

Until 3am

The Crobar is a modern legend of London's late-night inner-city life. The cramped, dingy split-level premises boast a fine jukebox, an extensive range of bourbons behind a well-stocked bar, and attitude (and amplitude) by the crateload. Its patrons tend to be of the black-clad, tattooed and intensely loyal kind. It's impossible to have a bad night out at this place; long may it rock.

Venue says Still going strong after 17 years. Come and join us for excellent music, great booze and super friendly people!

Clubs

Dalston Superstore

icon-location-pin Stoke Newington

Until 3am

This Kingsland High Street hangout is a bit of a face on the east London party scene. In true Dalston style it's home to all sorts: popular with a large and diverse LGBT crowd, but welcoming to all and everyone. DJs – mostly local, many well-known – keep feet dancing with sets from Wednesday through to Sunday.

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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Disrepute

icon-location-pin Soho

Until 3am

This members' bar takes walk-ins, so come on down and try getting a seat in one of the plushest-looking subterranean bars in central London. Disrepute is all about cocktails, and you can order something from a rather enigmatic menu or get them to whip you up a late-night martini. Best of all, it stays open until 3am throughout the week, not just at weekends.

Restaurants, Mexican

El Camion

icon-location-pin Soho

Until 3am

El Camion is Mexican-themed but, unlike the kitsch Baja Californian restaurant above – where you can corral generous burritos, tortas and tacos – it's more a discerning basement drinking den downstairs where Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) iconography sits above a series of snugs. The drinks are overseen by maestro mixologist Dick Bradsell, there’s swift and smiling table service, and it’s open late. 

Venue says The fresh Mexican grill that brings a little bit of Baja California to London. Why not check out our secret basement bar The Pink Chihuahua?

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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Experimental Cocktail Club

icon-location-pin Chinatown

Until 3am

A buzzing three-floor joint filled with trendy groups and dating couples absorbed in lively chatter. The door policy is a little strict at times, so perhaps it's not best suited for spontaneous trips. But if you're planning a late-night soiree, book a table and sip on outstanding cocktails.   

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Fu Manchu

icon-location-pin Stockwell

Until 3am

At around 3am at weekends, rowdy drunks spill onto the pavements of Clapham High Street from scores of bars and clubs. A few are for the discerning drinker; many are not. Fu Manchu raises the bar, even if a themed drinking spot is hardly an original idea. There's Chinese screens, dim sum snacks and cocktails with an Asian bent. DJs take over from 10pm and last until 3am on Saturday.

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Bars and pubs

George Tavern

icon-location-pin Shadwell

Until 3am

The George Tavern is thought to be one of the oldest pubs in London, with the current building dating back to the Georgian era. The historic feel has been meticulously preserved, making it a late-night spot that's full of character (and characters). 

Restaurants, Italian

Indo

icon-location-pin Whitechapel

Until 3am

This small pub is beloved of east London bohemians for its thrown-together decor (edgy artwork, memorabilia-crammed bar area) and late opening (until 3am at weekends), but it also does surprisingly good 12-inch pizzas. That's good to know at any hour! 

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Nightlife, Clubs

Joe's Bar

icon-location-pin Chalk Farm

Until 3am

Its rock 'n' roll theme may be retro, but the late opening hours at Joe's on Chalk Farm Road are nothing but forward-thinking. The joint stays swinging (often quite literally when the Lindy Hop lovers stop by) until 3am every single day of the week. We're thrilled somebody is maintaining Camden's reputation as the place for a late-night knees-up.

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Martello Hall

icon-location-pin Hackney

Until 3am

This couldn't be a more on-trend hangout if it tried – a gin distillery on Mare Street occupying the site of the former London Fields pub. Decor is artfully distressed, and so will you be at 3am when the bar closes.

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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Moonshine Minnie’s

icon-location-pin Shoreditch

Until 3am

A semi-speakeasy in Shoreditch is always worth knowing about, especially when it stays open until 3am on Saturdays (2.30am on Fridays). This one lives below Blues Kitchen and serves up cocktails with some kick to them – the Mezcal Margarita is one to seek out, a smoky drink that suits after-dark sipping.

Restaurants, American

The Nickel Bar at The Ned

icon-location-pin Bank

Until 3am

Spend Saturday nights in style in the City. The Ned – a former banking hall and a drop-dead gorgeous space filled with restaurants and plush eateries – has a shiny bar at its centre where the licence runs late come the weekend. Try the Nedgroni, a very sophisticated nightcap – but you’re worth it.

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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Nightjar

icon-location-pin Hoxton

Until 3am

Nightjar opened in 2010 and has become such a huge success that it now operates an online-only booking system, and charges your credit card if you don’t show up. It takes away much of the spontaneity of late-night drinking, but it truly deserves its reputation as one of London's best bars – so book ahead. 

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Opium

icon-location-pin Chinatown

Until 3am

The design of this Chinatown cocktail bar and 'dim sum parlour' is Eastern smoking den meets Western hipster hangout, great for a late-night rendezvous. Come for theatrical cocktails until 3am at the weekend, with quality dim sum served up until 2.30am.

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Bars and pubs

Simmons King's Cross

icon-location-pin Holloway

Until 3am

This DJ bar still attracts a studenty, music-savvy crowd to what looks like a cross between an old-style corner newsagents and a Shoreditch-like retro bar. Fantastic Four comic albums, board games in tatty boxes and furniture both wobbly and ratty are juxtaposed with a disco ball and a United Nations of beer cans on display. As for actual liquid nectar, drinks include cocktails and taps of Amstel and Tiger atop a tiny bar, behind which packets of Refreshers and Wizz Fizz offer childhood allure.

Bars and pubs

Slim Jim's Liquor Store

icon-location-pin Barnsbury

Until 3am

Few bars stay open late all days of the week the way Slim Jim's Liquor Store does. This Upper Street haunt is alive and kicking until 2am from Monday to Wednesday, and then keeps its doors open until 3am from Thursday to Saturday. This makes a 1am closing time on Sunday look modest (it's really not in Islington!). Drop in for DJs, cocktails and quality whiskeys.

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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Tea Room at Bun House

icon-location-pin Soho

Until 3am

A Hong Kong speakeasy below ground, great for illicit late-night dates. The drink du jour down here is baijiu, China's national spirit. So get better acquainted in a cosy corner, lit by the neon glow of Cantonese lettering on the walls.

Bars and pubs, Pubs

The Tiger

icon-location-pin Camberwell

Until 3.30am

This Camberwell pub is dear to the hearts of locals, who voted it runner-up in the Time Out Loves London Awards. That's in part thanks to late opening hours come Friday and Saturday, with DJs often providing ample entertainment.

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Bars and pubs

Big Red

icon-location-pin Holloway

Until 4am

Open until 4am on Saturdays and 3am on Fridays, for many a north Londoner the night comes to an epic sort of end at Big Red. It's got a meaty all-American menu for soaking up those late-night tipples, so what's not to love?

Clubs

Canavan's Peckham Pool Club

icon-location-pin Peckham Rye

Until 4am

Okay, so you may have to pay a small charge on the door on Fridays and sign up to become a Canavan's club member, but who wouldn't want to join the gang at this pool-hall-turned-disco? It stays open until 6am, plus there's plenty of genuine, scruffy charm, cheaper booze than most and a down-to-earth approach to some superb electronic music.

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Restaurants, British

The Dead Dolls House Islington

icon-location-pin Barnsbury

Until 4am

The Dead Dolls House has moved from its supposedly temporary Hoxton base (which actually lasted 18 months) to this sprawling three-storey site, formerly House of Wolf. Expect the same mix of live jazz and resident DJs until 4am on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Nightlife, Late-night bars

The Dogstar

icon-location-pin Brixton

Until 4am

A Brixton institution from back when Coldharbour Lane was somewhere people feared to go, Dogstar is a big, three-floor street-corner pub exuding the urban authenticity loved by clubbers. Earning the accolade of being London’s first ever DJ bar, Dogstar has managed to sustain a loyal following over the decades. The atmosphere can be intense, but it’s never less than vibrant. Get down early to avoid a door charge.

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Bars and pubs, Pubs

The Dolphin

icon-location-pin South Hackney

Until 4am

Perhaps Mare Street's late-night booze house The Dolphin is notorious for all the wrong reasons, but for many, it's an end-of-the-night institution worth saving (thousands signed a petition to stop its closure). Open until 4am and with the cheesiest tunes in the area, it's always party o'clock here.

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Nightlife, Bars

The Horse & Groom

icon-location-pin Shoreditch

Until 4am

London’s trend for pub-clubbing continues. During the day, The Horse & Groom is a good old East End boozer, but at night, the two-floor space turns into a disco hotspot. Thanks to some quality programming, some of the scene’s best DJs, including the likes of Fabric’s Craig Richards, Secretsundaze’s James Priestley and the legendary Greg Wilson, have played in one of the pub’s three rooms.

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Bars and pubs, Pubs

The Winchester

icon-location-pin Islington

Until 4am

The oak panelling and plethora of leather sofas gives The Winchester a country-house-hotel feel, with space to lounge, a dining area on ground level and room to jump around (mind your head!) downstairs. It's open pretty much all day at weekends so manages to surf from lunch to sub-bass driven beats at 2am.

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Restaurants, Global

Balans

icon-location-pin Soho

Until 6am

Balans is famed for moving seamlessly from dinner in the evening to late-night sessions to early-morning imbibing. A good selection of the global wine list is available by the glass, including champagne. But cocktails prove most popular, with frozen daiquiris and various martinis alongside an apple and elderflower collins, a passionfruit and pineapple swizzle and a monkey gland - Broker's Gin, absinthe, orange juice and grenadine.

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Restaurants, Contemporary European

Duck & Waffle

icon-location-pin Moorgate

24 hours

Although a 24-hour restaurant and bar sounds rock 'n' roll, just try rocking up. Duck and Waffle isn't the best place to play it casual, so maybe make a reservation for late-night revelry if you fancy getting high into the wee hours (40 floors high, to be precise).

Restaurants, Italian

Bar Italia

icon-location-pin Soho

Open 24 hours

One of London's few famed 24-hour spots, this historic Soho café was established in 1949 by Lou and Caterina Polledri, and quickly became a social hub for the Italian community in London. Despite several upgrades to the decor, much of the original fixtures still remain, from the red and white formica to the Gaggia espresso machine and the flooring.

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Restaurants, British

Polo 24 Hour Bar

icon-location-pin Moorgate

24 hours

Immediately opposite the main entrance to Liverpool Street station, this 24-hour café also serves local craft beers, English ciders and wines. It's probably more convenient for a late-night feed than for getting tanked up, but there's no denying its convenient location.

Restaurants

VQ

icon-location-pin Chelsea

24 hours

This original VQ on Fulham Road – there's another just off Tottenham Court Road, plus more in the offing – brings 24-hour dining to Chelsea. It's been going for nearly 20 years, with its success not just down to all those people popping in after other local spots have kicked out. If you are stopping by later in the night, drinks – ranging from classic and house cocktails to draught beers and wines from a varied list – are available till late.

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