For the lovers of booze and partying into the late night and wee hours, who stay out and about with friends enjoying life until you drop, the following venues are among the best bars, clubs and restaurants in London. Offering food and drinks all night long, if not 24/7, this guide is “la crème de la crème" in terms of partying locations in London.
1) Bar Italia
Bar Italia is everyone's mecca at 5am in London. Whether you need alcohol or simply a coffee with some food and football to watch, Bar Italia is ready for you. This 24 hour bar is popular amongst celebrities as it is one of a kind and in the heart of naughty Soho. The prices are, overall, also quite affordable, considering location and allure.
VQ is a diner in West London that serves alcohol 24 hours a day. This is not a partying venue but the right place to chill with friends and talk about the night‘s adventures whilst sipping on wine in the early hours. It's also an excellent spot to sober up over their 24 hour breakfast dishes.
Egg is a late night club in London, hosting some of the best DJs from around the world. It has been classified has one of the best dancing spots in London. The weekend parties here are legendary. These parties go on all night long, as this is a 24 hour bar and club on a Saturday night. Egg closes at 10am on Sunday mornings. Is that too early to stop drinking?
4) Heliot Cocktail Bar at the Hippodrome Casino
The Hippodrome Casino, in Leicester Square, is more than an oasis for gamblers and has a number of different attractions for guests of all kind. Boasting six bars (with 24 hour license), a restaurant and a 24-hour food service, it provides the whole package right in the heart of the City. Situated on the first floor, the Heliot Cocktail bar is an ideal space from Thursday to Saturday to experience a party environment with DJ's from 8pm. An open but familiar space, the bar has a number of screens showing big live sporting events and is the perfect place for late night, after work drinks, nights out and pre theatre cocktails.
5) Carlsberg Sports Bar at The Casino at The Empire
Casino at the Empire, in the centre of Leicester Square, is the right location to be after a night at any of the Soho clubs, when you still feel like being on the go. The venue is opened 24/7, perfect for some 6am Black Jack and tasty cocktails: a breakfast deserving Great Gatsby status. The fashionable hangout includes the appealing Carlsberg Sports Bar: an exclusive addition to the London bar scene. It offers drinks and sport 24/7: state of the art big screens, packages to learn how to play poker and roulette; a comedy club; and cocktails making classes!
6) Polo Bar
Located in East London, just outside Liverpool Street, this incredible diner/bar offers pretty much whatever you need, 24 hours a day. It is a very cosy environment, somewhat retro-chic, where you can have sumptuous real “builders breakfast", freshly baked items, coffee, tea and various beers, ciders, wines (including a Pinot Noir from Kent), Champagne and Prosecco plus spirits!
Located atop The City's 40-floored tower, at 110 Bishopsgate in the City of London, Duck & Waffle is a contemporary and elegant wide space environment, where guest can sample refined dishes (the chefs are all from the Culinary Art British Academy) and some very interesting round-the-clock cocktails, such as the chocolate and blue cheese martini and the Marmite black velvet. Duck & Waffle welcomes visitors 24/7, offering breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and late night menus.
One of the very trendy late nights spot in Central London – specifically Westminster – this place has been a celebrity location since the sixties, when Jimi Hendrix played one of his first gigs and where you can still view incredible live events whilst sipping cocktails and spirits. Opening each night (but Mondays) at 11pm, this place keeps the party going until 5am. Entry is only by appointment, which implies some level of exclusivity! You can book your table via e-mail
Every day from 2:30am to 7am, you can enjoy a very contemporary restaurant/bar/club located at the top of London's Centre Point building next to Tottenham Court Road station. Excellent for early morning dining and party scene, APM at Zinc is a member-only after hour's nightclub that caters to the needs of London's late night elite. Residing on the 31st floor of 101 New Oxford Street, this venue with an amazing view takes luxury, late night partying and indulgence to new heights. Just don't forget to watch the sun come up before you head off to work.
10) Vingt-Quatre (the other one)
With two fashionable, minimalist venues in Fulham/Chelsea and Bloomsbury, VQ is a restaurant to be enjoyed 24/7, for its food. However, they also offer late night drinks. The breakfasts are their forte, but the boozing options change a lot according to your location. If you're in the Bloomsbury branche they offer variety – especially for beers and ciders, compared with the Chelsea restaurant – but the bar licence is only up to 2am.
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