Midnight Breakfasts And Sunrise Cocktails: 4 Of London’s Best 24 Hour Restaurants

Don’t want the night to end? It doesn’t have to!

All of these restaurants are open 24 hours a day, so if you just can’t bear to call it a night (or if you both fancy pancakes at 3 a.m. 500 feet above the city skyline) hop on the night tube to one of these spots.

Balans Society Cafe – Soho

Balans is a small but popular chain across London with an alternative feel and a casual European menu (think burgers, pasta, fish and chips) with mains starting at £14, wines for under a fiver and original cocktails (try the Tuscan Nights, a cranberry-chocolate-cinnamon creation, or the tropical Tiki Daiquiri).

Describing itself as a ‘haven for the convivial’ (adj. friendly, lively – if you were wondering) Balans is best experienced in the small hours of the morning, when the music gets more energetic and things generally get more interesting.

Feeling adventurous? Their ‘absinthe ritual’ will make it a night to remember.

📍 34 Old Compton St, Soho, W1D 4TS
🚆 Leicester Square, Covent Garden, Tottenham Court Road
🍸 £9.50
🍷 From £4.70
🥬 Vegan options (ask the waiter)

Duck and Waffle – Bishopsgate

by Nabil Boukala

This is London’s highest restaurant (higher than anything in the Shard), so where better to enjoy the sunrise over the city than here? It may not overlook the Thames like the more pricey venues in that other nearby skyscraper, but with their wall-to-floor windows and booth seating you’ll hardly mind.

The menu is casual, true to its name (yes, they do waffles with duck, and other things), with mains starting at £12, but really the food is secondary to your visit. You’ll be there for the sparkly view of London at night and the chance to indulge in a sunrise breakfast at 4 a.m.

The only drawback is that wine isn’t available by the glass, and there are no bottles below £33.

📍 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY
🚆 Liverpool Street
🍸 £14
🍷 Only by the bottle – from £33
🥬 Vegan options
🌾 Gluten free options

VQ – Chelsea, Aldgate, Bloomsbury

by Athena Lam

This small chain of restaurants in Bloomsbury, Chelsea, Aldgate and Notting Hill serve a 24 hour breakfast menu and a wide variety of other choices, from burgers and fries to superfood salads.

If you’re craving a full English and can’t wait for the morning, this might be the very best place to go.

📍 Chelsea: 325 Fulham Rd, Chelsea, London SW10 9QL
🚆 South Kensington

📍 Bloomsbury: 111A Great Russell St, Fitzrovia, London WC1B 3NQ
🚆 Tottenham Court Road

📍 Aldgate: 9-13, Ground Floor, Dorsett City Hotel, Aldgate High St, London EC3N 1AH
🚆 Aldgate East

Polo Bar – Bishopsgate

by Melissa Walker-Horn

The Polo Bar, near Liverpool Street (not to be confused with Mayfair’s bar of the same name) is another option if you happen to be in the Bishopsgate area of London before sunrise and want to tuck into an all-day breakfast.

Founded in 1953 and now spread over three floors (all bookable), this cafe famously doesn’t even have a door – proving that they’re committed to the 24-hour opening times.

Head there for pancakes, fry ups, burgers, pies and drinks (they have a 24 hour alcohol license).

📍 176 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4NQ
🚆 Liverpool Street
🥬 Vegan options
🌾 Gluten free options
🍷 From £5.20