London’s Best Late Night Dining

Sometimes there is nothing better than digging into a plate of scrumptious food in the middle of the night. From proper restaurants and classic diners to cosy cafes and legendary takeaway, The Resident picks out the 7 places to get your 3am foodie fix…

Lead Image: VQ Bloomsbury

1 Duck & Waffle, the City  
Open 24 hours
Duck & Waffle brings a playful take on traditional British cuisine to the 40th floor. Watch the night go by with delicious dishes such as the Duck and Waffle with confit duck leg, fried duck egg, and mustard maple syrup or Salt Beef Grilled Cheese with gruyèrecheese on farmhouse loaf.
40th Floor, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY; duckandwaffle.com 

2 VQ, various locations
Open 24 hours
With locations in Chelsea, Bloomsbury and Aldgate, VQ (Vingt-Quatre) is a well-known all-night spot. Their night menu includes 24-hour breakfast – what more could you want? – stylish appetizers, and a wide selection of mains. Perfect for a late night indulgence. They also have a branch in Notting Hill, but it closes at the somewhat more civilised hour of 3am from Thursday-Saturday (1am Mon-Weds and midnight on Sunday).
325 Fulham Road, Chelsea SW10 9QL
111A Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury WC1B 3NQ
9-13 Aldgate High Street, Aldgate EC3N 1AH; 

3 Beigel Bake, Brick Lane
Takeaway food
Open 24 hours
Drawing inspiration from the city that never sleeps, Brick Lane’s notorious bagel shop Beigel Bake sells traditional New York bagels, freshly made throughout the day, all through the night. Fill yours with salt beef or smoked salmon and cream cheese, or opt for something sweeter, a slice of New York-style cheesecake perhaps?
159 Brick Lane, London E1 6SBbeigelbake.com

4 Balans Soho Society
Open 24 hours
Balans Soho Society serves warm doughnuts, pancakes, and Eggs Benedict until the early hours of the morning. From morale-boosting cocktails to High Society Eggs Benedict, Balans has the answer. There’s also the Soho Cafe, open 24 hours a day.
Soho Cafe, 34 Old Compton Street W1D 4TS & Balans Soho Society, 60-62 Old Compton Street W1D 4UG; balans.co.uk

5 Polo Bar, The City
Open 24 hours
Polo Bar is well known and loved by its patrons, with all day breakfast, lunch and dinner, sandwiches and a fantastic variety of creative pancake flavours like Toffee Caramel. They even deliver until 5am. Worth it if you’re craving traditional London food after hours.
176 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4NQ; polo24hourbar.co.uk

6 Tinseltown, Farringdon
Open until 4am
Tinseltown brings a modern twist to the American Diner with traditional booth seating and multiple flat screen TVs. They serve up American style burgers and generous shakes. With a large, lively atmosphere, Tinseltown’s doors are open until 4am (3am Sunday) at the Farringdon site, and until late across its other London sites.
44-46 John StreetEC1M 4DF; tinseltown.co.uk

7 Maroush, various locations
Open until 5am
With locations throughout London, Maroush is open late every night of the week. They serve authentic, wholesome Lebanese food such as the ever-popular chicken Shawarma, Char-grilled Halloumi Cheese, and Hommos with warm Lebanese bread. It’s a great destination for a late night wanderer.


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