Top 10 Late Night Restaurants in London

It’s FINALLY here. A few Fridays ago we heard the collective rejoice of Londoners, as the mad scurry to make the last Tube – don’t even get us started on the palpitation-inducing terror of needing to change lines – became a thing of the past. And so, what to do with this dreamy new timetable?? Stay out until the early hours, of course. We’ve mapped restaurants where you can celebrate London’s late-night freedom, with not a paper-wrapped kebab in sight.


1. Balans Soho Society Book Balans Soho Society
Closest Night Tube stop: Tottenham Court Road
Latest booking time: 23:30


One of the West End’s most famous after-hours haunts, Balans Soho Society on Old Compton Street welcomes evening revellers with open arms, branding itself a ‘haven for the convivial’. The late-night menu includes Balans’ quintessential favourites like the ‘infamous’ burger and crab & chilli linguine, plus ‘eggs in hell’ and ham hock croquettes. Cocktails are heady ‘morning after’ mixes: not that we’re pre-empting any hangovers, of course.


2. Hakkasan Hanway Place Book Hakkasan Hanway Place
Closest Night Tube stop: Tottenham Court Road
Latest booking time: 23:30


Frequented by the likes of Kanye West & Kim Kardashian, visits to Hakkasan Hanway Place needn’t be cut short by any A-listers looking to make the last Central Line train to Hainault. This sultry basement dwelling is a late-night Michelin star holder, with their stunning Chinese delicacies crafted at the hand of Chef Tong Chee Hwee, and served until the early hours.


3. Pied a Terre Book Pied a Terre
Closest Night Tube stop: Tottenham Court Road
Latest booking time: 22:45


For when something in a wrap with lashings of fragrant condiment simply won’t do, step forward yet another late-night Michelin-starred destination, Pied a Terre. This serene hideaway serves up the finest in French fine dining, with these inspired plates looking all the more impressive when they’re served under the moody lighting of 23:00 hours.


4. sketch Gallery Book sketch Gallery
Closest Night Tube stop: Oxford Circus
Latest booking time: 23:00


A fairy tale playground that begs to be enjoyed beyond the witching hour, sketch Gallery is a sugared-almond-pink dining room filled with marshmallow chairs, and David Shrigley’s fun-pokey artwork. Guests can enjoy dishes from haute cuisine master Pierre Gagnaire, with the high-end menu featuring dishes like twice-baked haddock soufflé, or morels ravioli with coffee.


5. Brasserie Zédel Book Brasserie Zédel
Closest Night Tube stop: Oxford Circus
Latest booking time: 23:30


Named London’s ‘only real brasserie’ by Pierre Koffmann, Brasserie Zédel sticks to the continental trend for dining late in the evening. This stunning dining room evokes the kind of indulgence reserved for the likes of The Great Gatsby characters: dine surrounded by glossy marble and velvet banquettes, and enjoy the famous clock for the feat of craftsmanship that it is, rather than a reminder that you’ll need to be on your way for that train soon.


6. Hawksmoor Spitalfields Book Hawksmoor Spitalfields
Closest Night Tube stop: Liverpool Street
Latest booking time: 22:30

It’s a double whammy of great-things-about-London as Hawksmoor Spitalfields serves up late-night dining AND some of the capital’s finest steaks. With food served well after the dinnertime we’re used to has passed, it’d be criminal not to sample some of Hawksmoor’s legendary cocktails in the adjoining bar pre-steak fest: sip on the likes of the Sherry Crusta or the Grapefruit Picador, followed by a cut from ever-championed butchers, The Ginger Pig.


7. Kaspar’s Seafood Bar & Grill Book Kaspar’s
Closest Night Tube stop: Holborn
Latest booking time: 23:00

With the well-heeled buzz of London’s Savoy prevailing well into the evening, there’s now no better time to swirl through the revolving doors into Kaspar’s, the hotel’s flagship seafood restaurant. It seems this restaurant is destined to be filled late into the night, with its glamorous Art Deco styling crying out to have tribute paid to the rip-roaring 1920s era. Enjoy dishes like tuna tartare with avocado, or sea bass with crayfish chowder.


8. maze Grill Gordon Ramsay Book maze Grill Gordon Ramsay
Closest Night Tube stop: Bond Street
Latest booking time: 23:00

Bone in Rib-eye

Evoking a vibe in keeping with the city that never sleeps, maze Grill brings New York-style grill dining to London. This Mad Men-style dwelling would surely draw in Don Draper & co once night falls: feast on cuts like the USDA prime or aged Aberdeen Angus, and sip on wine flights cherry-picked from maze’s mammoth cellar.


9. Souk Medina
Closest Night Tube stop: Tottenham Court Road
Latest booking time: 23:30


Set over 3 floors, this North African-style emporium isn’t the sort of place you’d visit for a pit stop: its plush, cushion-strewn seats, atmospheric lighting and shisha lounge almost command a slower, more laidback pace than that of the London we’re used to. From this summer forward, you’ll find us taking our time over late-night tagines atSouk Medina.


10. Thai Square Covent Garden Book Thai Square Covent Garden
Closest Night Tube stop: Tottenham Court Road
Latest booking time: 23:30


Harking back to those post-Sixth Form travels to Thailand where late nights were a staple, Thai Square in Covent Garden blends authenticity and contemporary design. Whether you’re heading there after a West-End show or simply wandering trying to find a place that’s embracing London’s new late-night status, Thai Square is a must for the signature lobster panang, lemony chicken, and Thai-style twists on classic cocktails.


About Emma Starkie

Originally from Cumbria, Emma is always on the lookout for exciting new places to eat in London. Topping Emma's rankings at present are Jamie Oliver's Fifteen, Foxlow and Galvin La Chapelle. In her spare time, Emma enjoys trawling old bookshops, baking, and losing at pub quizzes.

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