London’s best all night eateries

LULU LE VAY, NOVEMBER 2017


Staggering around after the pub/club, desperate for some decent nosh that’s not a greasy kebab or a microwaved Ginsters pasty from the local garage? Don’t worry, we’ve got it covered with our guide to the best all night eateries in town.


Polo Bar If you’ve never stumbled into the Polo Bar at Liverpool Street then you really haven’t experienced proper London. This place is an institution, and the rule is you have to be absolutely starving on entry to make the most out of the experience. Open since 1953, this cosy café serves all Londoners at any time of the day. Plus, it has a 24 hour alcohol licence so you can carry on the party as long as you wash it down with pie and chips. As the website says, ‘this is London – there’s no time to be tired’.

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BalansIf you’re in Soho, then this is the place. Balans is the culinary heart beat and cocktail hot spot on Old Compton Street, and is almost open 24 hours. It’s open until 5am during the weekdays and 6am on weekends. The quality of the food is always excellent, but the classic post-session nosh-up has to be The Soho Full English for a tenner. Big on vibes, Balans is for the party crowd amongst you.

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TinseltownNot as classy as Balans, but if you’re coming out of Fabric at 6am then this is just the (meal) ticket. Refuel after a night of throwing shapes on the dance floor with some classic diner specials which you can scoff tucked away in comfortable booths. You know the drill: burgers, hot dogs, milkshakes, fries. You never know, you might get a second wind.

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Duck & Waffle If you’re looking for something a bit more high-end, then this is the place. Located on the 40th floor of the Heron’s Tower, Duck & Waffle boasts an exquisite view of London that will make your date swoon. And the price isn’t that eye-watering, either. You can grab a main for under £18, from duck and waffles (of course) and Columbian eggs, through to salt beef grilled cheese and for the diet conscious amongst you, a spring vegetable salad. Champagne cocktails a must.

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VQ Chelsea A classy diner joint for the Made in Chelsea crowd. You never know, you might spot one of them in there. Round the clock replenishment in the form of pancakes, waffles, chicken wings and pasta – alongside the staple classics of burgers, fish & chips and ribs. Packed, vibrant and fun. This is a must-visit for those who love to burn the midnight oil (and need to sober up afterwards).

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