From late night dive bars to live music playing into the wee hours, we’ve rounded up 16 of London’s best bars that keep the good vibes going until late.
If your clubbing days are over but you’re still longing to get your late night fix, read on to find out favourites.
See London in a whole new light at the city’s hottest new bar opening, Sabine. The rooftop bar opened earlier this summer and brought with it an exciting collection of cocktails, as well as killer views of St Paul’s Cathedral.
Try cocktails like the What The Dickens, a mix of The Botanist gin, Cointreau, orange juice, lemon juice, fresh raspberries and Fever-Tree blood orange soda; Whizz Fizz, made up of Edinburgh Gin rhubarb and ginger, elderflower cordial, creme de cassis, lemon juice and topped with Prosecco; or the City Tropic with Eminente Rum, fig liquor, passion fruit puree, egg white, lime juice and homemade mixed berry syrup.
Sabine is open until midnight Sunday – Wednesday, and until 2am on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays.
If you hail from Dublin or are a regular frequenter, the chances are you’ve hit the pubs. They are an Irish staple, part of the furniture that you would never throw out. But here in London, there aren’t that many Irish pubs to venture into. Thankfully we have Richard Corrigan who has brought the same charm, atmosphere and hospitality of a little seaside town’s local, Gibney’s pub, to the heart of London.
Drawing inspiration from the original Gibney’s pub found nine miles out of Dublin, Tony Gibney, Richard Corrigan and John Nugent joined together to bring the experience to London. Here you’ll find endless nights of fun filled with live music, sports and of course, Guinness. Open until the wee hours Thursday through to Sunday.
Where:70-74 City Road, EC1Y 2BJ
The American Bar, located in The Stafford, is home to the great tradition of American cocktail bars that became popular in London and Paris during the 1920s and 30s, and to this day, remains one of the longest surviving American bars in the capital.
Expect an array of classic and signature cocktails, from the Old Fashioned to the Penicillin, plus a few seasonal hits too, including our favourite the Blanco Negroni. A lighter take on the classic.
On the interiors, the bar blends English heritage with contemporary sophistication and has cosy corners perfect for date nights, as well as offering a clubby atmosphere come late evening.
Mayfair’s Amazonico knocks it out of the park in every way possible. From its jungle interiors to the Latin American inspired menu, and now to our delight late night drinking too.
The restaurant stays open late and those who want to keep the party going can head down the stairs to the bar. There’s often live DJs pumping out the tunes too.
Where: 10 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, W1J 6BR
Hammersmith’s best kept secret, Kindred is serving up nightcaps with a side of live music and entertainment.
The community-focused members’ club boasts an exciting range of events every week, from their Introducing… night that showcases the finest raw talent every other Thursday to the local’s favourite, Live Music Fridays offers soulful acoustic, funk and Motown from a range of party-starting artists.
Chinatown’s best kept secret, Opium has three cocktail bars hidden inside. Inspired by 1920s Shanghai, the cocktail bar houses three oriental-theme bars within the venue, all boasting their own cocktail theme and seating style.
Up top there’s the Academy Bar, split into two sections and is home to an ‘attic’ area, where you lounge and cosy up in. While the Apothecary Bar, located on the second floor, houses two main seating areas and a Tea Parlour. Lastly, the Peony Bar, is the most exclusive of all, hidden behind the red curtains offering an intimate space to enjoy drinks and catch-ups with pals.
Where: 15-16 Gerrard Street, W1D 6JE
Expect to find DJs spinning the decks until the early hours on weekends at London’s exciting new hotel opening. NYX Hotel London Holborn opened up earlier this summer, bringing with it an electric range of engaging events and activities – you’ll find no two nights are ever the same.
From the sultry lighting and music, to thought-provoking artwork and cocktails, it’s an unmissable spot for Londoners and visitors alike.
Looking to add some spark to your night is Park Chinois, Mayfair’s opulent Chinese restaurant that’s as much about the entertainment as it is about the food. For late night drinks though, head to our favourite of their bars, The Wave Bar.
Rich with lavish gold detailing and fuchsia finishes, the cocktail bar boasts one of London’s largest collections of artisan spirits. It’s also part of the Club Chinois every Thursday to Saturday night, making it the perfect haunt for an entertaining evening.
Where: 17 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, W1J 8EA
Finish your night of Italian and Japanese fine dining with a nightcap at Sumosan Twiga. Famed for their revolutionary fusion cuisine, the Belgravia restaurant is home to a delightful bar that serves up time-honoured classics and contemporary cocktails. Plus, a well versed lift of Japanese sake if that takes your fancy.
Try everything from espresso martinis to the botanical garden, a mix of Roku gin, basil, Italicus, elderflower cordial and egg white.
Where: 165 SLOANE STREET, BELGRAVIA, SW1X 9QB
Hidden inside Chelsea’s 11 Cadogan Gardens lies The Chelsea Bar, home to dramatic charcoal tones and gold finishes. Unashamedly moody and seductive, the bar provides quite the theatrical setting to enjoy a nightcap.
Find everything from variations on your favourite classic Negroni, an extensive wine selection and signature cocktails the bar has become renowned for.
From exquisite dining to live performers, London Cabaret Club entertains guests into the early hours.
Located on Bloomsbury Square in Holborn, you won’t have to worry about booking a restaurant prior or a late-night bar to head to after, as they offer it all. Start your night with cocktails and dinner as stars from London’s West End dazzle you with their cabaret. See out the night here too with drinks at the bar and see the live entertainment magic unfold before your eyes.
Where: Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, Holborn, WC1B 4DA
Famed for their eclectic cocktail offerings, The Gibson is one of our favourite bars in the city for late night drinks. Located on Old Street, enjoy a sophisticated tipple from their martini selection or try something a little different like the Kiss of the Scorpion, a mix of Copperhead Gin, three of the world’s hottest peppers, cocoa bitters, antica formula, absinthe bitters and fresh padron peppers.
Pink hued everything! Tonight Josephine, with branches in Waterloo, Shoreditch and Birmingham, is the place to go for a wild time and endless ‘gram opportunities.
Whether you’re looking to celebrate a missed lockdown birthday, somewhere to take your bridal party or just somewhere you can dance it out into the wee hours, they tick all of the right boxes.
Where: Waterloo & Shoreditch
For the self-confessed jazz-ers out there, Ronnie Scott’s is a weekend go-to. The jazz club opened up in 1959 by the legendary jazz musician Ronnie Scott and continues to be a favourite amongst Soho dwellers and late-night lovers.
All of the jazz greats have walked through the doors and played here, with the shows going on until the early hours. The late-late shows go on until 3am so there’s plenty of time to enjoy drinks with old friends and listen to musicians working their jazz magic.
Where: 47 Frith Street, Soho, W1D 4HT
The Piano Works brings you live music every night. With locations in both Farringdon and the West End, the venues play host to two piano vocalists and accompanying musicians to form a six-piece band. And the best part? The live music is requested by you, the audience!
Slip your favourite song on a request slip and let the musicians do the magic, performing late into the early hours. It’s hugely popular, making it perfect for events, work outings and hen dos.
Where: Farringdon & West End
Whether you’re after red, white, rose or sparkling, Vagabond Urban Winery has all bases covered with their offering.
They boast venues all over the city, including Battersea Power Station, and have over 100 wines available to enjoy by the glass. For something extra special, they also offer bespoke tasting sessions, perfect for parties, hen dos or date nights.
Where: Various London Locations