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Late-Night Dining Restaurants in London

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A night owl's foodie guide to the capital

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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.

Chotto Matte

Chotto Matte

Offering heavenly cocktails and innovative Nikkei dishes in a sleek and trendy bar setting, Chotto Matte is a chic hotspot for late night drinks and bites, positioned in the centre of Soho. Staying open till 1:30am, it’s perfect place to head with a group of friends for a spot of dinner amongst a buzzing atmosphere. And, from April, you’ll be able to dine late in its newest spot in Marylebone. chotto-matte.com

Sumosan Twiga

Sumosan Twiga sushi and sashimi spread

Sushi and tagliatelle sit side by side at glamorous Knightsbridge spot Sumosan Twiga – but it’s not a fusion restaurant. Instead there are two menus, one Asian and one Italian. It’s an unusual combination, but there’s a story behind it: the restaurant is a partnership between Sumosan – which stood as one of the capital’s finest Japanese restaurants for years – and Flavio Briatore’s equally renowned Twiga in Monaco. The result is predictably glamorous: a four-storey space on Sloane Street filled with suitably well-heeled crowds. It’s flashy – but by no means all about appearance, with both eastern and western cuisine executed to a high standard. After dinner head upstairs to the stylish bar, which serves cocktails late into the evening. There’s a party vibe most nights, but on Fridays things kick up a notch with entertainment changing weekly. sumosantwigalondon.com

Opium

chopsticks with dim sum on end

A 1920s-themed Shanghai speakeasy located in the heart of Chinatown, you’ll find Opium hidden behind a jade coloured door. This secret haven offers three separate bars within a bar, each with its own distinctive design, drinks, seating style and personality: the Academy bar, the Apothecary bar, and the Peony Bar. Offering a range of experimental and distinctive cocktails alongside authentic dim sum, you’re guaranteed a truly special night out in Soho. Open till 3am every Thursday to Saturday, it’s the ideal spot for those who want to sit and chat late into the evenings. opiumchinatown.com

28°-50° South Kensington

28 by 50 South Ken

Offering an exclusive Late Night Menu, diners can choose between an array of delectable dishes, from sharing platters including cheese and charcuterie boards to delicious bites like the Truffle arancini. Meanwhile, your drink will never be empty thanks to the impressive champagne trolley and the wide variety of classic cocktails on the Night Cap Menu. A restaurant made for late night diners. 2850southken.co.uk

The Last Talisman

the last talisman interiors restaurant

The Last Talisman offers the chance to enjoy delicious cocktails and sizzling small plates in a contemporary setting. Open till midnight in the weekdays and till 2am on Fridays and Saturdays, you can settle in for the evening without having to worry about finding the next bar. It’s the ideal late night drinking and eating spot in South East London, and there’s option for private dining too. thelasttalisman.com

La Bodega Negra

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

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 over the weekend 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?

Monday-Thursday 7am-1:30am; Friday-Sunday open 24 hours . duckandwaffle.com

Brasserie Zedel

Zedel brasserie

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: last orders 11pm. Sunday: 10pm brasseriezedel.com

Bababoom

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-Wednesday: open until 10pm Thursday-Saturday: open until 11pm. bababoom.london

Bob Bob Ricard

Bob Bob Ricard Champagne

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…

Open until 12am. bobbobricard.com

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Park Chinois

The Wave Bar Park Chinois

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 Sunday-Thursday till Midnight, Friday-Saturday till 1am. threeeightfour.com

Dishoom

Dishoom

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

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