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Top 10 Late Night Bars in London

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For those who love London nightlife for its 24-hour drinking, late night partying and 24-hour restaurants, this top 10 guide to the best 24-hour clubs, late night bars and all night menus should help you stay up into the wee hours. No, no, no, no, I refuse to go to bed! I want to stay out and get crazy with my friends, enjoying life until I drop. To hell with work and the ensuing hangover. Let's blow the lid off this town. The below bars, restaurants, and clubs offer food and drink into the early hours so you can keep the party moving.

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City of London

Located 40 floors above street level in The City of London's Heron Tower, Duck and Waffle 24-hour bar and restaurant has a late night menu. Starting your day early, or ending last night's party, you'll always get "just one more" drink and a bite to eat. It's also one of the best restaurants with a view of London. The Duck and Waffle menu, as you might guess, is lead by its famous duck leg and waffle with mustard maple syrup. Snacks such as crispy BBQ pigs' ears and bacon-wrapped dates with Manchego cheese sit alongside a short list of Champagne cocktails. You can also drink your greens via the vegetable-obsessed cocktail menu. The dress code: casual elegance, so aim high.

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Sketch London is possibly one of the most Instagram-friendly places you can go in London; and The East Bar is no exception. This small, cosy, circular bar has the appearance of an alien space egg that could unleash unspeakable powers at any moment. Luckily, you'll ready for the armageddon because this late night bar stays open until 2am every day except Sunday. DJs keep the mood buoyant right up until bedtime. It's best enjoyed after dining in one of Sketch London's amazingly flamboyant restaurants. Dress code: "a sense of style and character".

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Kings Cross
Bar / Club

If it's dancing you desire, Egg London is a late night club near King's Cross. The best House and Techno DJs from around the world have played Egg nightclub at some point in their career. DJ Magazine rate it the 34th best club in the world. It's a proper dance club in which you're encouraged to turn off your phone so you enjoy the music rather than take photos on the dancefloor. The three floors, five rooms, and outdoor terraces give you plenty of scope for mischief. Plus, the bars don't close until late; really late. Tuesday and Friday nights go until 6am and Saturday goes until 8am. Is that too early/late to be drinking? Dress code: smart casual; so yes, jeans and trainers are permitted.

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Bar / Restaurant / Club

Blues Kitchen Shoreditch is the guitar dancefloor of London's nightlife. On Saturday nights, two live soul bands play Motown classics and a DJ spins vintage rock and roll until 2.30am. Fridays nights are much the same, although with different soul, blues, and rock n' roll themes each week, from Amy Winehouse or Prince retrospectives, to Memphis or New Orleans soul specials. To keep you fully fuelled until the early hours, Texan barbecue, Creole and Cajun cuisine is on standby, as is a huge range of bourbon, rye, and small batch whiskey, craft beer and cocktails. Dress code: anything with a leather jacket.

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Bar / Restaurant

Balans Soho Society late night bar in gay Soho stays open during the week until 5am and 6am on the weekend. It's more or less a 24-hour bar and restaurant. It's suited to the kind of late night clubbers who leave the dancefloor at 4am and think to themselves, "I'm a bit peckish, and I could definitely go for one more drink." Settle in to one of the cosy booths with all your new pals from da club, and grab eggs Benedict with your black negroni, or a 10oz steak with a glass of Villa dei Fiori Primitivo wine; the night is still young, even if you aren't.

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Bar / Restaurant

Bar Italia in Soho is mecca in London for anyone needing sustenance or maybe one more drink until 5am every day (except Sunday when it closes early at 2am!). Whether you need alcohol or a simple coffee with food whilst you watch the football, Bar Italia is ready for you. This 24-hour bar (which has been at this location for nearly 70 years) is popular amongst celebrities too because it's one of a kind and smack in the middle of naughty Soho. The prices are, overall, quite affordable considering the Soho location and allure of the bright lights.

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West End
Steak House

The Hippodrome Casino in Leicester Square is not just for gamblers and has a number of different attractions for guests of all kind. Boasting six bars (with a 24-hour license), a restaurant and a 24-hour food service, it provides the whole package for a night out in the West End. Overlooking the main gambling floor, the Heliot steak restaurant and late night bar takes food orders until midnight during the week and 1am on Saturdays. However, you can book tables in the Heliot cocktail bar too where you can get food 24 hours a day. The bar has a number of screens showing live sport and is perfect for late night, after work drinks, nights out and pre-theatre cocktails.

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West End
Bar / Restaurant

The Casino at Leicester Square is the right location to aim for after you've been out out in the Soho clubs and fancy a beer, a cocktail, food, and big screen sport. The venue is opened 24/7, perfect for some 6am Black Jack and tasty Long Island Ice Tea cocktails: a breakfast that the Great Gatsby would have been proud of. Alternatively, sit back and get stuck in to chicken wings, burgers, steaks, hotdogs, fish and chips, sandwiches and salads whilst watching Premier League football, cricket, NFL, or Aussie rules football on the two giant screens. You can also book lessons to learn how to play poker if you're feeling lucky.

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Bar / Restaurant

VQ Chelsea is a diner in west London that serves alcohol 24 hours a day. This is not a party venue, it's a post-party venue. There is a small cover charge after midnight, plus if you're in the market for another drink, you'll need to order a table meal too. However, the cosy booths are the right place for chilling out with friends and chatting about the night's adventures, sipping on wine until the early hours. It's also an excellent spot to sober up over their 24 hour breakfast dishes. Highlights on the 24 hour breakfast menu include buttermilk pancakes, English breakfast bap, or steak and eggs.

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City of London
Bar / Restaurant

Located in east London, just opposite Liverpool Street station, Polo Bar offers pretty much whatever you need, 24 hours a day. So, for all those nights out in Shoreditch when you keep going until late and the first train doesn't leave for at least another hour, get yourself down to Polo Bar for a feed and a water. This Great British cafe, complete with retro-chic environment, serves all manner of benedicts, omlettes, pancakes, sandwiches, yoghurts, porridges, full English, full Americans, bubble and bacon, alongside those last drinks of the night: craft beers, ciders, wine, shorts, shots, cocktails, fizz and coffee, if you'd rather wake up.

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