The Handbook
The Handbook

2am rib eye steak anyone?

Whether you find yourself wandering the streets at 4am in search of a preventative hangover measure or you’re an early riser looking to get your hands on the best salt beef bagel, we’ve complied a list of five of the best restaurants open 24/7.

Duck & Waffle

The twenty four hour restaurant at the top of everybody’s wish list, Duck & Waffle has reopened for service, reemerging with its breathtaking views overlooking London’s iconic skyline and exceptional late night eats.

Boasting traditional British cuisine, with strong European influences, Duck & Waffles menu focuses on local, seasonal and sustainably sourced ingredients. 

Snuggle up in one of their booths during golden hour with fine food, dine after dark and bed in for a night of cocktails overlooking London’s twinkling lights, or book in for an early breakfast and swap the sunset for sunrise. 

Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY
www.duckandwaffle.com

Beigel Bake 

The royals of the bagel world, Beigel Bake has been pleasing hungry tums since 1974. During this time, the bakery has become somewhat of a celebrity; an essential pit stop for Shoreditch commuters and tourists to head for the ultimate London bagel experience. 

Thankfully these guys have reopened since lockdown bringing their meat packed favourites to hungry Londoners once more. Their number one bestseller is their salt beef beigel and giant pickles, slathered with English mustard. Yum. 

If you’re not an early riser or fancy enjoying their legendary creations from the comfort of your WFH station, order in their signature favourites to your door.

159 Brick Lane, Shoreditch E1 6SB
www.bricklanebeigel.co.uk

If you’re strolling around Soho aimlessly in the early hours of the morning looking for somewhere to grab a bite to eat, look no further than Balans Soho Society. 

Located on Old Compton Street, Balans Soho Society has become a favourite for late night diners and early morning risers alike. The resto has been serving up brunch staples, romantic dinners and espresso martinis since 1987, and might just be our favourite spot for a late night nightcap to finish off a great evening in Soho.

34 Old Compton Street, Soho W1D 4UG
www.balans.co.uk

Polo Bar

Polo Bar has been serving up their breakfasts to hungry commuters, tourists and hardened Londoners outside Liverpool Street Station since 1953, and their dedication to quality has never faltered. 

Equally frequented by builders, bankers and bloggers, this city central cafe boasts an extensive menu ranging from juices to burgers, to a good ol fashioned full English breakfast. 

Unlike most, the Polo Bar has a twenty four hour alcohol license too. A bonus for those who want to keep on drinking into the early hours or need a pick-me-up after a long shift at work.

176 Bishopsgate, Liverpool Street EC2M 4NQ
www.polo24hourbar.co.uk

VQ

The king of late night dining, VQ has been fuelling night owls with buttermilk pancakes, fish and chips, and truffle potato crisps since opening in 1995. Now boasting six London locations, you can guarantee that there’ll be a VQ no matter where you are in the city at night or when the midnight cravings kick in. 

Their Chelsea and Aldgate branches are both open 24 hours a day, while their Notting Hill, Bloomsbury, Clapham and Euston outposts are open until the early hours of the morning. 

Whether you’re looking to satisfy your late night fried chicken cravings or you’re on the lookout for a full English breakfast by 2am, VQ is where you’ll want to head.

Various London Locations
www.vqrestaurants.com