With so many amazing venues in London it’s sometimes hard to fit them all in. We have complied our guide to some of the best 24 hour venues, so whether you find yourself wandering the streets at 4am in search of a preventative hangover measure or leave work at a depressing hour, we think we have the answer.
What: Cocktails and Blackjack
Why: Casinos are never really places you plan your night around but when you find yourself wandering the streets of Soho at 3am you will be pleased that your night can continue in Hippodrome Casino, Leicester Square – open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with a dedicated 24-hour menu including chicken wings, pancake stakes and a signature steak sandwich. Extraordinarily they do make you pay £2 to use the loos, though.
Where: The Hippodrome Casino London, Cranbourn Street, London, United Kingdom
What: A Chelsea Favourite
Why: Buttermilk pancakes, falafel burgers and truffled potato crips have been fuelling Chelsea late-night since 1995. There are now 3 VQ’s in London; Bloomsbury, Chelsea and Notting Hill to ensure that wherever you are in London, free wi-fi and a good food menu ensures you will want to visit long after everywhere else has shut. Just bear in mind that Notting Hill isn’t quite 24-hours – but till 3am Thursday to Saturday so not too far off.
What: Legendary Bagels
Why: Not to be confused with the other 24 hour bagel bakeries on Brick Lane with similar (unimaginative) names, Beigel Bake has been pleasing hungry tums since 1974. Drunken partygoers and night shift workers can rely on the variety of flavours, but the hot salt beef with mustard is a classic and pretty hard to beat.
Where: 159 Brick Lane, Shoreditch, E1 6SB
Duck & Waffle
What: The UK’s Highest Restaurant
Why: Duck and Waffle is on everyone’s London bucket list and if you can’t face the evening queues then bear it in mind for a late night/early morning adventure and swap sunset for sunrise – the views are priceless. Although there is a varied menu you must have the namesake dish; spongy waffle and crispy duck topped with a perfectly fried egg.
Where: Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY
What: No-Frills Comfort Food
Why: Equally frequented by builders, bankers and bloggers, this city central cafe has an extensive (and very temping) menu ranging from juices to burgers to a good old full-English breakfast. Unlike a few on this list, Polo Bar has a 24 hour alcohol license, and if you can’t make it to the cafe at 5am they will deliver.
Where: 176 Bishopsgate, EC2M 4NQ
What: 24-hour Nightclub
Why: Upon first reading about this next electronic music venue, I thought when it said wasteland it was nodding to a land populated by people who’d had one drink too many. However, a closer scroll led me to the understanding that it’s actually a studio above a print factory on an industrial estate. There’s definitely something about electronic music that goes hand in hand with slightly eerie looking, derelict buildings.
Sorry, I’m not really painting FOLD to you in the most appetising light, but it does actually look seriously cool (not as cool as me though, using the phrase “seriously cool”). FOLD is a 24-hour dance floor, collectively run audio-visual performance space and studio (/glorified club) ready to make all of your electronic dreams come true.
Where: Gillian House, Stephenson Street, E16 4SA
Balans Soho Society
Why: Open for 24-hours, Balans Soho Society live by the ethos that too much of a good thing is a good thing, the best plan is no plan and that the pursuit of pleasure is a noble one. Even if the pleasure itself might not be.
Where: 34 Old Compton Street Soho, W1D 4TS
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