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Late-night bars and pubs in London

Party time! Hit up these bars and pubs in the capital that stay open way past midnight

By Laura Richards
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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, organised by closing time (including one or two hangouts open all hours and good for something more sobering). It’s time to quench your thirst into the early hours.

Late-night bars in London

Bedford Tavern

Bars and pubs Gastropubs Finsbury Park

Until 1am

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.

The Collab

Bars and pubs Craft beer pubs Walthamstow

Until 1am

Good grub, great beer and a relaxed, neighbourhoody vibe. Coming from the people behind Leyton-based Signature Brewery, there are 16 taps of keg beer on offer at The Collab for you to work your way through until 1am on the weekend.

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The Fellowship and Star

Bars and pubs Pubs Borough of Lewisham

Until 1am

Party on down in a mock-Tudor pub that gets surprisingly lively come the weekend. DJs spin towards the back of the room, and there are plenty of nooks for cuddling up with a loved one if things are heating up on that dancefloor.

Little Faith

Bars and pubs Breweries Deptford

Until 1am

This backroad taproom has a bohemiam charm about it – I mean, you can buy some of its industrial furnishings to take home. But it’s really all about the beer, brewed nearby in Bermondsey and pouring until 1am here in Deptford.

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London Cocktail Club

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Clapham

Until 1am

Have a late night at the movies. The Clapham branch of the cocktail bar empire has a cinematic theme, which extends to themed booths and quirky cocktails.

Rockwell

Bars and pubs Hotel bars Trafalgar Square

Until 1am

Go on a post-midnight safari at Rockwell. The bar is decked out with so much plantlife, it’s practically a jungle. It’s also in a prime position, just off Trafalgar Square, so you can continue your central London quaffing until 1am – and in serious style.

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Mona’s Bar

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Tottenham

Until 1.30am

This Tottenham cocktail spot is as cool as they come. At the weekends, DJs playing everything from funk and soul to deep house tempt in crowds of fashionable locals. Be there with them until 1.30am.

Murder Inc

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Fitzrovia

Until 1.30am

A gangster-themed watering hole slap-bang in the centre of town, you could get up to some mischief at Murder Inc. The emphasis is on bang-for-your-buck cocktails in a slightly clandestine setting. The lights are set suitabably low for some late-night imbibing.

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Ain't Nothin' But...

Bars and pubs 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.

Black Rock

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Moorgate

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.

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The Blue Eyed Maid

Bars and pubs Borough and London Bridge

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.

Four Quarters South

Bars and pubs Sports bars Peckham

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 Reopen for bookings from July 9th, with table service and very limited capacity. Booking strongly advised!

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The Gibson

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars 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 The Gibson Bar Gift Card 🍸 Each voucher holder will also get one complimentary Gibson martini upon arrival.

Green Room at The Curtain

Bars and pubs Hotel bars 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.

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Kwãnt

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Mayfair

Until 2am

The first solo venue from Erik Lorincz – the American Bar’s former head bartender – looks like a secret club and gambling den. If the budget permits, get immersed in its ‘Casablanca’ style into the wee hours and over killer cocktails.

Lost Society

Clubs Battersea

Until 2am

The mostly twenty-something crowd at Lost Society 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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Near & Far Camden

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Camden Town

Until 2am

The fun decor of the Camden party palace definitely suits a late-night rendezvous. Bag you and your pals the cocoon chairs and rock the night away in style.

Old Street Records

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Old Street

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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Oriole

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Farringdon and Smithfield

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.

Ruby’s Bar & Lounge

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Dalston

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.

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The Spread Eagle

Bars and pubs Gastropubs 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.

Sylvester

Bars and pubs Wine bars East Dulwich

Until 2am

This disco-honouring natural wine bar along Lordship Lane has a cute little basement for DJs and dancing until 2am. They also serve excellent pizzas back upstairs if you fancy lining your stomach before some late-night revelry.

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The Tiger

Bars and pubs Gastropubs 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.

Tonight Josephine

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars 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.

Venue says Bottomless brunch every Saturday? Yes please! Join Josephine for bottomless Prosecco, brunch, showgirls, burlesque dancers and more ✌️💋🌸

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Tooting Tram & Social

Bars and pubs Pubs 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.

Westow House

Bars and pubs Crystal Palace

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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The Winchester

Bars and pubs Pubs Angel

Until 2am

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.

Aces and Eights

Comedy Tufnell Park

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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Laki Kane

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Islington

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.

Prince of Peckham

Bars and pubs Pubs 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.

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Troy 22

Bars and pubs 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.

Big Chill House

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars King’s Cross

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.

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The Blues Kitchen Camden

Music 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.

Bunga Bunga

Bars and pubs Battersea

Until 3am

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 3am – although if you're expecting an all-night Italian love-in, you're sure to be disappointed.

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Bunga Bunga Covent Garden

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Covent Garden

Until 3am

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.

Burlock

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars 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.

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Cahoots

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars 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.

The Crobar

Bars and pubs 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!

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Dalston Superstore

Clubs Dalston

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.

Disrepute

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars 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.

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El Camion

Restaurants Mexican 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. 

Experimental Cocktail Club

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars 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.   

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Fu Manchu

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Clapham

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.

Venue says Get in touch for private hire & club tables. Check out our website for all events. We are taking the clubbing experience to the next level.

Heads + Tails

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars West Hampstead

Until 3am

A two-part bar with heaps of charm in West Hampstead, you can choose the light space upstairs for low-abv drinking or hit the basement for whisky-based debauchery (…we think we know where to find you come 3am). 

Venue says Now delivering pre-batched cocktails! We've a fantastic range of drink-at-home cocktails ready for same-day delivery (locally) & nationwide

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Joe's Bar

Nightlife Clubs 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.

Martello Hall

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars 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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Moonshine Minnie’s

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars 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.

The Nickel Bar at The Ned

Restaurants American 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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Ninth Life

Bars and pubs Pubs Catford

Until 3am

Catford’s circus-themed nightspot channels a festival theme (it’s a pub with its own artistic director, no less). As such, grab some street food snacks and then stay up late in among the acrobats and actors.  

Nightjar

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Shoreditch

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. 

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Opium

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars 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.

Ridley Road Market Bar

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Dalston

Until 3am

Open until 3am 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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The Shacklewell Arms

Music Music venues Dalston

Until 3am

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).

Simmons King's Cross

Bars and pubs 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.

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Slim Jim's Liquor Store

Bars and pubs Angel

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.

Wun's Tea Room and Bar

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Soho

Until 3am

Formerly Bun House's Tea Room, this Hong Kong speakeasy below ground is 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.

Venue says Split over 2 floors, serving steamed buns & cocktails to match; Soho's most exciting new late night bar officially opens on 24th July!

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George Tavern

Bars and pubs Stepney

Until 3:30am

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). 

The Tiger

Bars and pubs 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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Canavan's Peckham Pool Club

Clubs Peckham

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 4am, plus there's plenty of genuine, scruffy charm, cheaper booze than most and a down-to-earth approach to some superb electronic music.

The Dead Dolls House Islington

Restaurants British Islington

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.

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Dogstar

Nightlife Late-night bars 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.

The Dolphin

Bars and pubs Pubs 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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The Horse & Groom

Nightlife 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.

Bar Italia

Restaurants Italian Soho

Until 5am

One of London's few famed 5am-ers, 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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Balans

Restaurants Global 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.

Duck & Waffle

Restaurants Contemporary European Liverpool Street

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).

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Polo 24 Hour Bar

Restaurants British Liverpool Street

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.

VQ

Restaurants 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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