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.
Where: The Hippodrome Casino London, Cranbourn Street, London
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: East End Boozer
Why: The standard 11pm alcohol restrictions by most pubs often annoyingly halt our laid-back drinking sessions. The Birdcage on Bethnal Green has a 24-hour license which is made use of at weekends on DJ nights. Not always strictly 24-hour they tend to close about 5 or 6am, ready to reopen at 11am for another day of good old booze, grub and karaoke.
Where: 80 Columbia Road, Hoxton, E2 7QB
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
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
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