London doesn’t always have a good reputation for when it comes to being 24/7. After all, thanks to our famous pub culture, we’re usually closing down by 12 pm, ready to hit the hay after a night of pub or bar hopping.
However, in recent years, thanks to great developments like the night tube and an increased night bus running schedule, the capital is getting a bit more of a rep for being a city that never sleeps. And with that, you’ll be pleased to know, comes lots of great restaurants to chow down in regardless of the time of day. So whether it’s a big, hearty meal after a big night out or a light bite after a late-night gym session, you’re pretty much covered.
We’ve rounded up some of the best 24-hour restaurants in east London to visit after a late night, in close vicinity to our fabulous Montcalm Shoreditch hotel. Sleek, stylish and tech-ready, M by Montcalm’s Shoreditch luxury hotel rooms and suites are a clever blend of cutting edge and comfort. Discover more about the rooms in the best hotel near Old Street here.
Voodoo Ray’s, Dalston
This spot defines late-night food as its offering is quick, delicious and fun in equal measures. Voodoo Ray’s is a favourite with party-goers in the city because it serves pizza by the slice, a post-midnight pizza special and a fail-safe drinks list, and it also plays excellent music all night long. The atmosphere is great too – you’ll eat surrounded by white subway tiles and dazzling neon lights. It’s always full of the usual Dalston crowd of arty, young and interesting people, or simply those who just want to line their stomachs before (or after) a big night out.
Beigel Bake, Brick Lane
This charming and comforting late-night eatery has become somewhat synonymous with Brick Lane, and as soon as you step inside, you’ll see why. It’s open 24 hours a day and their bagels are made by the lovely team onsite. It’s reassuring to know you can go there any time and get something really tasty to eat. It’s exactly what you’re looking for at that time: hot salt beef, lots of hot mustard and bread. you can also go a little off the beaten menu track and grab a salmon and cream cheese, particularly great if you’re after something a little lighter. Another huge plus is the eclectic clientele – there’s always someone fun to chat to. Though it does sometimes attract quite a lairy, boozy crowd, so luckily the team are well equipped with dealing with those sorts of customers and do so as painlessly as possible.
London’s late-night food scene has somewhat of a long way to go when it comes to competing with other global 24/7 cities such as New York, LA, Paris and Tel Aviv. But thanks to gems like this though, we’re well on our way as wine expert Charlie Mellor recently launched this new firm favourite. It’s a wine bar slash dining room and off-licence on the bustling Hackney Road. What can you expect? An exciting wine list and a produce-driven menu directed by local legend Tom Anglesea. Last food orders are served around 1 am, with drinks order going until 2 am. And the food really is amazing – it’s all about Peshwari naan, lamb chops and dry meat which is ultimately the perfect late-night food. Because of the whole sharing plates vibe it has going on, and the size of the restaurant (it’s huge), it presents itself to big groups, another plus when you’ve been out with a large crowd and need to soak up some of the booze.
Duck & Waffle, Liverpool Street
Known affectionately as the “highest 24/7 restaurant in London”, Duck & Waffle in the Heron Tower towards Liverpool Street Station is striking any time of the day or night. See in the sunrise with warming duck egg en cocotte with soldiers. Or perhaps you’d prefer to say goodbye to a busy day with some of the best cocktails in the city, ox cheek doughnuts and their signature dish of crispy duck confit and waffle. There’s also a great late-night menu of corn dogs, duck kebabs and crispy pig ears to dig into.
Polo Bar, Bishopsgate
Polo Bar is open 24 hours, seven days a week, excluding Christmas Day, and has a food and alcohol licence to help keep up. Enjoy a beer with an all-day traditional English breakfast at 4 am (yes really!) or a glass of red wine with a tasty burger. For those wanting to drink through the night here, you need to order food to do so between the hours of 3 am – 8 am, though that won’t be too hard!
Smoking Goat, Shoreditch
There truly are some incredible Shoreditch Bars and Restaurants (one of which is conveniently located inside our hotel!) and there’s a reason why this is one of the most famous and popular. Inspired by Bangkok’s late-night eateries, Smoking Goat in Shoreditch hits the nail on the head when it comes to fine, after-dark dining. Paired with an exceptional wine and beer list, the menu really is worth shouting about. Fish sauce wings, spicy duck laab, goat shoulder massaman curry, pork fat fried eggs and lardo fried rice… just to name a few! The best news for late-birds, it’s open until 1 am so serves as the perfect pit stop en route back to our hotel.
The Laughing Heart, Hackney
A late-night bar, dining room and off licence – does it get much better than that?! The Laughing Heart on Hackney Road is a must for those after something fun, lively and fairly local to us. Take your pick from the impressively modern menu of British small plates such as pork dumplings, mutton tortellini and Sichuan crème brûlée, and take a look at their extensive list of natural wines by the glass or bottle. You can even pick up a bottle from the shop section to take back to your room, too.
As you can see, London is a great place to enjoy a late night. And, it’s made even better when you have a luxurious hotel to return to afterwards. Book yours now!