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Five things to do in London when you can't sleep

Miriam Bouteba

All-night activities for insomniacs

Nosh the night away: Bloodshot supperclub (starts 1am)


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Created to cater for restaurant industry professionals, Bloodshot supperclub is a late-night monthly meal that starts service just as most kitchens have closed for the night. Set up by chef Robin Gill, it features a different guest cook each month. There is a limited number of tickets to this post-midnight feast available to the general public, but be warned, they go quickly: because the target audience is other chefs, the food is genuinely great. See for details.

Have a bit off all over: Neil Cornelius (open 24 hours)

Neil Cornelius is the hair salon that doesn’t sleep – ever. You have to pay in advance, but once you’ve done that you can book in for some pampering at any hour of the day or night. 109 New Bond St, W1S 1EG. 

Get up with the larks: London Wetland Centre (Saturdays, 5am)

Take a dawn stroll around London Wetland Centre,andlearnexactlywhichbirditisthat wakes you up early on Saturdays when you’re feeling ‘delicate’. Starting at 6am, a guide will take you round as day breaks over Burry Inlet. London Wetland Centre. The next dawn walk is on Apr 30.

Rack 'em up: Canavan's (open until 4am)

Peckham’s windowless pool hall Canavan's is open late enough for you to emerge blinking into the sunlight with absolutely no idea what time it is. It also has a genuinely brilliant (and nicely scruffy) dancefloor, where you can prance about to underground DJs and producers at nights like Rhythm Section. 188 Rye Lane, SE15 4NF.

Buy some pig cheeks: Smithfield Market (open from 2am)


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If you’re suffering from insomnia but really fancy a sausage sarnie, then kick off the bedsheets and head to Smithfield Market where you can pick up every part of the porker (other animals also available). Warning: this is mainly a trade market, so you have to buy in bulk. Why not cook breakfast for your housemates, and the other randoms they have crashing on the sofa? Central Markets, EC1A 9LH.

Not ready to go home? Here are five late night drinking dens masquerading as restaurants

And this tube map shows all the clubs you'll be able to get to once the night tube launches

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