London’s late night dining picks up the pace ahead of 24 hour tube lines opening.
With the prospect of being able to hop onto the Tube anytime, day or night (Central, Victoria, Jubilee and Northern and Piccadilly), we are excited that London will soon become the 24-hour city it should always have been. It’s a great excuse to party late and ease off on your Uber Bill. But with all that extra revelry, it’s important to soak up the booze, so here are our top picks of London’s coolest late night dining spots.
Late night Manhattan hotspot, Hotel Chantelle has opened in Marylebone. The new restaurant combines American classic comfort food with a fine French haute cuisine. Drool over waffle crusted fried chicken in the opulent dining room, soak up the live jazz and take your time and indulge in one of their signature cocktails. Last orders 2am.
The menu at Spuntino is geared for sharing, so it’s perfect for a debrief after a heavy night in Soho. Pig out at the bar and feast on sliders, mac and cheese, shoestring fries and deep fried olives. Indulgent desserts and killer cocktails are as standard. Then you can then make your merry way to Piccadilly Circus and weave your way home at leisure. Last orders 1am.
If you find yourself wandering the streets of Dalston late at night, a pickle even the best of us get into sometimes, and you need something to soak up the booze, then a mega slice of pizza and a craft beer to take the edge of the evening is just the ticket. With a huge range of NYC style pizza, ready to rock in a few minutes, Voodoo Rays is the perfect pit stop before you head home via Highbury and Islington. Last orders 3am.
Attached to the swanky Ace Hotel in Shoreditch, Hoi Polloi is a sophisticated dining spot, only a stones throw from Liverpool Street Tube Station. Their late night menu is short and sweet and includes a cheeseburger, roast chicken with aioli and a big fat salt beef sarnie. Last orders 1am.
Excluding my love of cheap fried chicken, in which case any Morley’s within stumbling distance, I favour a late night feast at The Blues Kitchen, Camden. Serving exactly the kind of food you want when your night takes a boozy turn (highly likely after one of their cocktails), you can eat late then throw yourself towards the stage area and dance til close. Then a quick dart to the Northern Line and a strong likelihood you’ll wake up smelling of bourbon and BBQ sauce…
(Words Lucy Self)
Duck and Waffle
Wizz up to the 40th floor of the Heron Tower and soak up the booze in style at Duck and Waffle – take note, after a few ciders and several margaritas the lift can be quite a ride! High above The City, dine on ox cheek grilled cheese or their crispy duck leg with fried eggs and a waffle. Save space for a mega dark chocolate sundae and knock back cheeky champagne cocktails, before you head over the road to Liverpool Street Station. Open 24/7.