Sometimes, a night just isn’t over ‘til it’s over. Sometimes all you want to do is stay out all night, just one more song, one more drink and then next thing you know you’re welcoming in the dawn and then wearily trudge home to sleep it off during the day. And when that happens you need to visit one of these bars:
What: The finest hotel bar
Why: Late night drinks in London is all about glamour and refinement, two things which The W Lounge oozes. Situated on the red carpet of Leicester Square, the glitz factor is through the roof.
Where: 10 Leicester Square, London W1D 6QF
What: King's Road Favourite
Why: Chelsea favourite, Beaufort House’s ground-floor cocktail bar is where you need to head for late night, after-date, pre-dancing drinks. It’s everything you could want in a bar, stylish, elegant, yet you can still settle in for a night, in a home from home sense.
Where: 354 King's Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UZ
What: Atmospheric late-night speak easy
Why: If it’s pure, moody atmosphere you’re after, head to Nightjar. Full-blooded cocktails, a masterful range of vintage spirits and late-night past-midnight live music sets on weekends – all in an authentic New York speak easy.
Where: 129 City Rd, London EC1V 1JB
What: Hellraising modern cocktail bar - with river views
Why: Sometimes, you just want somewhere to dance the night away and let your hair down. Primo Bar, ideally located on the Thames, hits the spot.
Where: First Floor, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London, SE1 7UT
What: Classic all-American rock bar
Why: A legendary hotspot in Covent Garden, Roadhouse is a total riot late into the night. Decked out from wall-to-wall in convincing Americana, including drugstore signs and a fully-fledged motorbike behind the bar, the Roadhouse is a noisy riposte to its prim and proper neighbouring bars in WC1.
Where: The Piazza, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8BE
What: City views from 28 floors up
Why: Supposedly on a clear night you can spot planets from the bar but if you can’t then enjoy the constellation-inspired cocktails including ‘La Nuit’ to background music by XO Man. The Handbook readers can benefit from 2 for 1 on their first drinks order.
Where: 22 Park Ln, London W1K 1BE