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London after hours: restaurants and bars to go to for when the party’s over

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From indulging in pancakes at Balans no. 60 in Soho to singing rock classics at Hackney-based The Dolphin, these bars and restaurants are great for night owls looking to keep the party going.        

There’s nothing like a night out in London – especially after spending the majority of the year confined to our homes.

As UK nightlife starts to gear back up, many clubbers and late-night lovers are taking to the city streets to visit their favourite haunts and dance and drink their nights away.

But those nights often come to a swift end, with many clubs across the capital closing earlier than anticipated.

With a desire to keep the prosecco flowing and the good vibes going, late night drinking and dining spots are becoming even more important – but where can people go when they’re not ready for the night to come to an end?

We’ve rounded up the best bars and restaurants to visit in the wee hours to ensure the party continues.

Lit Bar

This late-night bar is the newest edition to the Clapham scene and is popular among locals for its live music, DJs and weekly brunches.

Located just off of Clapham High Street, Lit Bar stays open until 3am on Fridays and Saturdays, making it the perfect spot to spend your weekend dancing with a cocktail in hand.

Address: 15-16 Lendal Terrace, London SW4 7UX

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Village 512

Take a trip to Dalston and make your way to Village 512 for a fun night that doesn’t stop until 6am every weekend.

The east London gay bar plays a mixture of reggaeton and funk to house classics and is filled to the brim with people dancing and singing the night away.

Address: 512 Kingsland Rd, London E8 4AE

Beduin Bar

Beduin Bar is perfect for those who want to party non-stop in the heart of Farringdon.

Spread over two floors, this club plays party classics until 5am on weekends and is known for its tasty cocktails and neon-themed decor.

Address: Charterhouse St, Smithfields EC1M 6HA

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Egg London

This warehouse-style club located in Kings Cross doesn’t end until 6am on Fridays and 7am on Saturdays, making it the perfect pit-stop for partying into the early hours. The club is known to have a wide selection of electro DJs on deck for those looking to have a full-on night out and is a must-visit for those looking to dance until sunrise.

Address: 200 York Way, London N7 9AX

Balans no. 60 

A typical night out in London is not complete without indulging in something laced in sugar or salt to satisfy those cravings after dancing for hours – and Balans no. 60 is the ideal location to dig into some delicious treats.

Known for its extensive list of food and drinks, this late-night restaurant in Soho serves brunch and pancakes until 5am, making it the go-to spot to end the night fully satisfied.

Address: 60-62 Old Compton St, London W1D 4UG

Roadtrip & The Workshop

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This lively Shoreditch-based bar is open until 5am on Fridays and Saturdays, and provides an eclectic mix of party anthems for clubgoers to dance to their heart’s content.

Address: 243 Old St, London EC1V 9EY

The Dolphin

This east London hang-out in the heart of Hackney is made for those who want to grab a drink, take to the stage and sing throughout the night. 

The Dolphin closes at 4am on Fridays and Saturdays and hosts a mixture of guests with a shared love of karaoke, which they host every weekend.

Complete with pub classic foods from burgers to cheesy chips, this casual spot makes for a fun pit-stop on your night out.

Address: 163, 165 Mare St, London E8 3RH

The Horse and Groom

If you’re looking for a quintessential pub to stumble into for a quick drink, The Horse and Groom is your go-to place. It’s a typical east end tavern, serving craft beer and ales but by night, it turns into a disco haven, playing some of the best dance music until 4am.

Address: 28 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3NZ

Duck & Waffle

Watch the beautiful sunrise over the city at Duck & Waffle, where great views and good food collide.

As the tallest 24-hour restaurant in London, Duck & Waffle serves a delicious menu all night long, from steak to confit duck and their iconic waffles.

Address: 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY

Slim Jim’s Liquor Store

Slim Jim’s is the ultimate dive bar in Islington’s famed Upper Street and is great for live music and sipping on carefully selected whiskies and liquor from around the world. 

The red leather bar stools and exposed brick walls only add to the atmosphere, making you want to rock on until 3am.

Address: 112 Upper St, London N1 1QN

The Black Book

On the corner of Soho’s Old Compton Street lies The Black Book – a sleek boutique basement wine bar and kitchen.

Open until 3am from Friday-Sunday, The Black Book is a great location for a relaxed evening out, as customers can enjoy late-night food and snacks, along with their extensive wines.

Address: 23 Frith St, London W1D 4RR

Polo 24 Hour Bar

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A restaurant opened 24 hours seven days a week? Talk about a great find!

The Polo 24 Hour Bar is situated in the heart of Liverpool Street and has been serving breakfast outside of the station since 1953.

If you’re in the mood for a greasy fry-up, sweet potato fries and all the comfort foods at your disposal, this spot meets all your requirements to round out your night out on the town.

Address: 176 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4NQ

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