Looking for somewhere to grab a bite to eat after hours? Whether you’re in the market for some post-pub fuel or just fancy avoiding the peak time crowds, London’s late-night dining scene is thriving, boosted by the introduction of the Night Tube (and Uber). We’ve collated some of the best late-night restaurants in the city, from Mayfair to Brixton…
La Bodega Negra
Once you get past the neon sex shop-style frontage, Will Ricker’s Mexican-themed restaurant La Bodega Negra is actually a pretty classy affair. Head downstairs to find a low-lit, speakeasy-style eatery, sumptuously decorated with vintage estancia tiling, taxidermy, surrealist furniture and cosy alcove booths – ideal settings for a late-night soirée. The menu follows a small plates format, with everything from tacos to fajitas to burritos up for grabs. The drink of choice? Margaritas of course, made from the finest tequilas and jazzed up with syrups and fruits galore. Low lighting and nightclub-style vibes make for an ideal late-night dining spot, but beware of the heavily policed two-hour table limit.
Monday & Tuesday: open till midnight, kitchen closes at 11pm. Wednesday-Saturday: open until 1am, kitchen closes at midnight. Sunday: open until 11pm, kitchen closes at 10pm. labodeganegra.com
Duck & Waffle
At Duck & Waffle the fun begins in the lifts, which feel like you’re shooting up into the sky. One of London’s highest restaurants, it’s located on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower, and being open 24/7 means you can catch the stunning panoramic views whenever you fancy. It’s the kind of place people go to be seen, but it’s smaller and less showy than its sister SUSHISAMBA, which sits a few floors below. Their titular dish is served throughout the day and night: two fluffy waffles topped with crisp-skinned duck confit and a fried duck egg, drizzled in maple syrup – sounds strange, but it’s surprisingly tasty. There’s also a dedicated late night menu, available from 11.30-5am: a glamorous alternative to that post night out pit stop at the local chippie. And who wouldn’t want duck ‘n’ cheese at three in the morning?
Open 24 hours a day. duckandwaffle.com
An Art Deco Parisian brasserie just off Piccadilly Circus, Brasserie Zédel is a rare find: high-end dining at low prices. It’s a plush setting: all marble and brass, with grand mirrors and plenty of pink-clothed tables dotted around the large dining room. Yet amid all this glamour you can get a two-course meal for just £10.50 – Steak Haché with frites followed by dark chocolate délice. Elsewhere on the menu you’ll find classic French dishes, from duck breast with Cointreau sauce to escargots to Beef bourguignon – all cooked to perfection, leading Pierre Koffman to crown it as ‘the only real brasserie in London’. If you’re still not ready to go home, the large building also plays host to a classic American bar alongside a live music and cabaret venue.
Monday-Saturday: open until midnight, last seating 11.30pm. Sunday: 11pm, last seating 10.30pm. brasseriezedel.com
Upgrade your post night out kebab at Bababoom, a cosy hangout on Battersea Rise which dishes out Middle Eastern grills late into the night. Kebabs are served on hot chargrilled bread, with a sumac, parsley and red pepper salad – the saffron and orange chicken shish gets our vote. Don’t skimp on the sides: the halloumi fingers are a must, as are the whipped feta fries. Bababoom caters mainly for walk-ins, so it’s well-suited for an impromptu meal after Friday night drinks in Clapham.
Sunday-Tuesday: open until 10pm. Wednesday & Thursday: open until 10.30pm. Friday & Saturday: open until 11.30pm. bababoom.london
Bob Bob Ricard
Channel your inner Jay Gatsby for a night of fizz-fuelled fun at Bob Bob Ricard, the one with the famous ‘press for Champagne’ buttons. Food is a cross between British and Russian, with menu highlights including the beef wellington sharing dish, a delectable champagne and truffle pie, and an upmarket chicken kiev. Whatever time you arrive, settle into one of the cosy Orient Express-inspired blue booths and press away…
Sunday-Thursday: open until 12am, Friday & Saturday: open until 1am. bobbobricard.com
With its lavish décor and late-night revelry, Park Chinois transports diners back to the supper clubs of 1930s Shanghai. It sits in prime Mayfair territory, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Sexy Fish and Novikov – both of which it more than meets on opulence. Descend down a red spiral staircase to find Salon de Chine: a glitzy setting decked out in velvet, gold and mirrors, with marble floors and gilded ceilings. Dinner here has a theatrical element to it, but not at the expense of the food, which takes the form of top notch Chinese cuisine. This can also be enjoyed in the underground hideaway, Club Chinois, where live entertainment takes place – this season it’s Diana Pintado’s new cabaret show.
Dinner available nightly from 6pm-2am, Sundays 6pm-midnight. parkchinois.com
Three Eight Four
In the market for some late-night munchies after an evening spent sampling the Brixton bar scene? Head to Three Eight Four, a lively cocktail and small plates joint located on Coldharbour Lane – sister of Brixton Market’s Seven. A cool, compact spot with exposed brick walls, this has Brixton written all over. The menu is short and sweet: think smokey chicken wings, garlic butter prawns and arancini balls, washed down with cheerful cocktails aplenty.
Open all week until late. threeeightfour.com
Since the first café opened in Covent Garden back in 2010, four more London branches of Dishoom have opened – yet somehow all of them still draw in big queues. All branches have a similar vibe, with interiors inspired by Bombay brasseries, with retro design features, low-level lighting and vintage magazines covering the walls. Everything is delicious, but there are some things you’ve got to try, such as their famous House Black Daal, the okra fries and the lamb biriyani. If you go later, you have more choice of avoiding the notorious queues too.
Sunday-Thursday: open until 11pm. Friday-Saturday: open until midnight. dishoom.com