Where to Eat after Hours in London

City Guide: Late-night Dining in London by Guest Writer Beverley Reinemann – Roomorama blog

City Guide: Late-night Dining in London by Guest Writer Beverley Reinemann

With enough 24-­hour restaurants and late­-night bite options to make travelling home on the night bus with an empty stomach a thing of the past, London is unquestionably becoming a 24­hour city. Sure, it's not New York but there are an increasing amount of late-­night dining options in the city. So whether you’ve partied ‘till the small hours in one of London’s many clubs and bars, or you’re fresh off a red-­eye flight into the capital, take a look at our favorite late-­night London restaurants and never go hungry at 3 am again!

VQ 24­Hour Café

Situated in the heart of London, just around the corner from Tottenham Court Road tube station, VQ 24­Hour Café is a restaurant where you can get breakfast, British classics, burgers, salads, pasta dishes, and (of course) dessert whatever time of day it is. They’ve even got a set menu available from midday until midnight, just in case you’re having trouble deciding what to have.

111 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3NQ
Open: 24 hours a day

VQ 24 Hour Cafe Pictured above: VQ 24 Hour Café (credit: VQ 24 Hour Café)


With a menu that comprises 28 burgers and a massive 44 milkshakes (not to mention the chicken wings, steaks, and sides) you’ll be spoilt for choice at Tinseltown: an American-
style diner
with 6 restaurants across London. I checked out the Farringdon branch and loved the bright green booths and, unsurprisingly, the Kinder Bueno shake went down a treat!

44­46 St John Street, London, EC1M 4DF
Open: Mon – Sat 12 noon – 4 am; Sun 12 noon – 3 am

Beigel Bake

The first place that springs to my mind when I think about where to eat after hours in London is Beigel Bake: the 24­hour bagel shop on Brick Lane famous for the traditional Jewish methods used to prepare their bagels. Now, this might just be because I live around the corner from the shop and stumble past it on an almost weekly basis but, having tested out the bagels (namely salt­beef with mustard and salmon with cream cheese) on more occasions than I care to remember, I can definitely vouch for how good they are. And they’re cheap, unlike a lot of things in London!

159 Brick Lane, London, E1 6SB
Open: 24 hours a day

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Duck and Waffle

Duck and Waffle have been marketing themselves as one of the UK’s first high-­end restaurants to stay open 24 hours a day since it extended its opening times. As in, it’s not one of those places you go to when you’re three sheets to the wind and craving a greasy burger. Think eggs on toast, smoked salmon on flatbread, and roasted octopus with chorizo, lemon, and capers. One of the main reasons people go to the Duck and Waffle, though, is the view: sitting on the 40th floor of London’s Heron Tower it’s the highest restaurant in the UK meaning the views are, unsurprisingly, spectacular.

110 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AY
Open: 24 hours a day

Duck and Waffle Pictured above: Duck and Waffle (credit: Bistro Pop)


And if you're looking to get your night out in London started a little sooner, start off with an exploration of the Soho neighborhood. The eclectic, ever­changing neighborhood of Soho was once home to some of London's seediest nightclubs. Today, it's where you’ll find many of London's late­night dining spots amongst trendy bars & cafés. Try the Eating London Soho Food Tour to get a taste of the neighborhood's unique cuisines and a glimpse of Soho's craziness.

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About the Author:
Beverley Reinemann is a freelance writer and travel blogger based in London who left her marketing job in 2010 to spend three years living as an expat and travelling in Australia and New Zealand. She writes the travel blog, Pack Your Passport, and loves road trips, planning her next adventure and exploring London. She is also a regular contributor to the Eating London blog.


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