The best places to find a late night bite in London

It doesn't have to be a greasy doner or whatever's left in the cabinet at Sam's Chick'n 'n' Ribz.

All the dieticians and nutritionists will tell you this is a complete no-no. But when have you ever seen a dietician with a smile on their face? Exactly.

There are myriad reasons why you may be dining late... a late finish at work, that high impact spinning session over-ran (yeah, that'll be it) or more than likely: you've been on the beers and now you could do with a bit of ballast to soak things up.

Well luckily for you, late night eating doesn't have to mean a greasy doner or whatever they've got left in the cabinet at Sam's Chick'n 'n' Ribz - we've scoured the capital for London's best diners, late night food joints and 24-hour restaurants...

325 Fulham Road SW10 9QL
Region: Chelsea
Nearest Station: Gloucester Road (0.5 miles)

AIL Says: This round-the-clock diner has been offering comforting dishes like eggs Benedict, kedgeree, chilli con carne and croquet monsieur to local night owls for almost 20 years now. They have a 24 hour alcohol licence, and NHS workers benefit from a 20% discount (it’s just down the road from the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital).

  • OUR REVIEW 6/10
  • USERS 6/10
60-62 Old Compton Street W1D 4UG
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Tottenham Court Road (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: There are two branches of Balans on Old Compton Street; the café, which is open 24 hours a day, and the larger restaurant, open till 5 am during the week and till 6 am on Fridays and Saturdays. The food is above average booze-soaking fare, with things like seared scallops, tuna steaks and all day breakfasts.

  • OUR REVIEW 7/10
  • USERS 2/10
Duck & Waffle
110 Bishopsgate EC2N 4AY
Region: City
Nearest Station: Liverpool Street (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: London’s most outstanding 24 hour restaurant, with clever reversions of comfort food, a fun atmosphere, and some of the best views the capital has to offer. Having opened in 2012, their signature “duck & waffle”, a dish composed of duck leg and duck egg on a waffle, doused in maple syrup, was the most talked about dish that year.

  • OUR REVIEW 7/10
  • USERS 10/10
Cafe TPT
21 Wardour Street W1D 6PN
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Piccadilly Circus (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Cramped and fast foody, Café TPT serves cheap, satisfying Chinese dishes till 1am. Choose from Won Ton noodle soup, chicken with jellyfish or the ubiquitous Peking duck with pancakes.

  • USERS 7/10
Meat Liquor
76 Welbeck Street W1G 0BA
Region: Marylebone
Nearest Station: Bond Street (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: The was the first permanent restaurant opened by the Meat burger guys. It’s noisy, impossibly trendy, and the juicy burgers are exceptional. Open till 2am on Fridays and Saturdays (the kitchen shuts one hour before closing time).

  • USERS 9/10
Yas Restaurant
7 Hammersmith Road W14 8XJ
Region: West Kensington
Nearest Station: Kensington (Olympia) (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: This Persian restaurant has traditional grilled lamb and chicken kebabs, crispy rice and slow-cooked stews like gormeh sabzi, a thick, herby casserole flavoured with dried limes. There is live music and belly dancing till 4 am every night.

  • USERS 5/10
Electric Diner
191 Portobello Road W11 2ED
Region: Notting Hill
Nearest Station: Ladbroke Grove (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Recently refurbished after a serious fire, the Electric Diner fuses American diner classics with Gallic cuisine, like duck confit with gravy and potato hash, and bone marrow with beef cheek marmalade. Eat till 1 am at weekends and till midnight during the week.

Sketch Gallery
9 Conduit Street W1S 2XG
Region: Mayfair
Nearest Station: Oxford Circus (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: This “gastro-brasserie” at Sketch has brilliantly cacophonous decor courtesy of Turner Prize winner Martin Creed. As with Michelin-starred The Lecture Room, the menu has been put together by Pierre Gagnaire. Open till 2 am Monday to Saturday.

Polo Bar
176 Bishopsgate The City EC2M 4NQ
Region: The City
Nearest Station: Liverpool Street

AIL Says: This 24 hour caff has been going since 1959, serving doorstop butties, fry-ups, omelettes and puddings at low prices to hungry local workers. Fill up with a Full English and a mug of tea for just £6

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
  • USERS 9/10
Cafe Boheme
13-17 Old Compton Street London Chinatown W1D 5JQ
Region: London Chinatown
Nearest Station: Leicester Square (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Part of the Soho House stable, this French bistro-inspired venue on Old Compton Street has a delectable cocktail list and a late night menu that includes rillettes, burgers and steak frites. Open till 3 am Monday to Saturday.

  • OUR REVIEW 7/10

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