Where to stay out in London after 12am

When you fancy "one for the road" after last orders at the pub, these late night bars in London might just be the ticket. And with the arrival of the Night Tube, the drinks are still flowing in these speakeasies, pubs and cocktail bars, most of which are all open until at least 2am.So if you're looking for bars that are open late in London, here's our guide to where to find somewhere in the small wee hours.

If you're looking for further inspiration, why not peruse our list of cocktail bars in London? Or how about getting up high for some cracking views - our rooftop bars guide might help with that. When it's warm, our list of beer gardens really comes in handy, with plenty of opportunities to drink alfresco in the capital. And if you really want to make a weekend of it - you can always find plenty of places to stay within shouting distance of London's famous nightlife - no need to get a taxi home.

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1. Jerusalem, Soho

A staple of the Soho scene for nearly 20 years, head down the steep stairs into this relaxed basement bar for a chilled-out end to the evening. While there is plenty of distressed seating to rest your legs - there's also room for dancing and trying out their great cocktail list. 

Getting there: 33-34 Rathbone Place, London, W1T 1JM

2. Cafe Boheme

This traditional French cafe is one of London's prettiest late night venues, and one that has outlasted plenty of rivals over its 20 years in Old Compton Street. The French wine list is extensive, but they also do plenty of cocktails. The beer and cider are reasonably priced too. There's a lovely late night menu, so you can tuck into French classics like a Croque Monsieur or steak frites instead of a kebab.

Getting there: 13 Old Compton Street, W1

3. Basement Sate

If you want to end the evening on a sweet note, head underground into Soho's first permanent pudding bar. You can just go straight for a dessert or pair it with a cocktail. The lighting is dark and moody and they have DJs spinning tunes on a Friday and Saturday night.

Getting there: 8 Broadwick Street W1F 8HN

4. Ain't Nothing But…

It doesn't matter what night you visit - there'll be live blues helping you continue into the small hours. Music is the centre piece here but they do have a good range of drinks and a nice relaxed atmosphere. On Fridays and Saturdays there's a small entry charge after 8.30pm.

Getting there: 20 Kingly Street, London, W1B 5PZ

5. Cahoots 

If you're all dressed up and looking for somewhere to go, this 1940s Britain-themed bar is a cheeky option. They put on different entertainment from live music, getting round the Old Joanna for a sing song, or playing vintage records. There's an over 21s policy and getting in the spirit, clothing wise, definitely gets you brownie points on entry.

Getting there: Kingly Court, just off Carnaby Street, London

6. The Pink Chihuahua at El Camion

The restaurant here serves Mexican food until 2am if you want a late night bite - or just head straight downstairs to the cocktail bar for a fine Margarita. You can eat, drink and dance the night away - but it might be wise to join their membership club, or get someone to sign you in, to ensure entry.

Getting there: 25 - 27 Brewer Street London W1F 0RR

7. Freud 

Established in 1986, this cocktail bar continues to attract the crowds with its reasonably-priced drinks and down-to-earth atmosphere. You'll find it under Shaftesbury Avenue, at the top of Monmouth Street, and for a basement bar it has an incredibly high ceiling and plenty of space.

Getting there: 198 Shaftesbury Ave, London WC2H 8JL

8. Dirty Martini 

This late night cocktail chain has bars across the city, including Clapham in south London, Angel, Monument and St Paul's in the City - so check their website to find your nearest venue.While you're probably heading here after normal pub hours, their week-night happy hour extends until 10pm (except Friday - that's 8pm) - where you can get a range of half-priced cocktails and money off beer and fizz.

Getting there: 11/12 Russell Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5HZ

9. Opium Cocktail & Dim Sum Parlour

Step through the jade door into this three-floored, multi-roomed venue for a more Bohemian cocktail experience. There are nice touches like a seasonal drinks menu, mixed with their own homemade syrups, and you can pair what you drink with some delightful dumplings.

Getting there: The Jade Door, 15-16 Gerrard Street, Chinatown, W1D 6JE

10. The Experimental Cocktail Club

This Parisian-style speakeasy is all exposed brickwork and intimate lighting. It's also surprisingly big - once you go through the shabby black door you'll find an elegant townhouse. As the name implies, you'll find a more unusual cocktail list than the norm.There's a £5 cover charge if you arrive after 11pm, and it might be wise to make a reservation and dress the part - they operate a strict door policy.

Getting there: 13a Gerrard Street, Chinatown, London

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11. The Redchurch Bar

This small late-night cocktail bar is a lovely place to cosy up in. Their extensive cocktail list includes signature punch bowls (min 4 people), if you're in the mood for sharing.

Getting there: 107 Redchurch Street, London, E2 7DL

12. Golden Bee

Rightly renowned for its excellent rooftop bar, it also has plenty more floors to explore. The resident DJs play the latest tunes, club and house classics, and even the odd request, for you to dance to. They have a great cocktail list, plenty of bubbles and a huge range of spirits to try. 

Getting there: Singer Street, Shoreditch, EC1V 9DD

13. The Horse and Groom

Known as the "Disco Pub", thanks to its late-night parties at the weekend, you'll find plenty to entertain you in this two-story venue. Excavations by the Museum of London found the Curtain Theatre (where Shakespeare is believed to have performed) under where the female toilets currently are, however the entertainment is now totally 21st century, with top class DJs taking to the decks.

Getting there: 28 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3NZ

14. Barrio East

The colourful Barrio in Shoreditch is now open till 2am, serving a nice line in South American street food and cocktails. Every week they host different live music evenings such as Soul Jam, Retrolicious and Hawaiian Bop. 

Getting there: 141-143 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JE

15. Duck & Waffle

For late night drinks with a view, few places can rival Duck & Waffle for watching over London as the sun comes up. Open until 5am, there is often a waiting list to eat, but you can have a cocktail in the bar either way. Make sure you're dressed smart and not too worse for wear, as there's a strict door policy. 

Getting there: 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY

16. The Nightjar

This award-winning bar is all about vintage: think rare drinks, a glamorous interior and background sounds. They operate a seat-service policy and serve a range of premium brands and classic cocktails. If you're feeling flush they have an Old Tim gin (1910) and a Straight Rye whisky (1863), at £60 a shot to try.There's a small cover charge for the evenings when they have live music on, including blues, ragtime, swing and jazz, which usually starts from 9pm. 

Getting there: 129 City Road, London, EC1V 1JB

17. Hoxton Grill

If you like eating late, this American inspired restaurant is open until 2am. If you're not hungry, just pull up a stool at the bar. They serve cocktails, tonics and wines by the bottle, and have guest DJs at the weekend, so you can have a drink, light bite and a bit of dance as well. 

Getting there: 81 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2A 3HU

18. Bourne & Hollingsworth's Below & Hidden

This exclusive new clubroom aims at a discerning audience, as the den is no bigger than the average living room. Table service comes from a cabinet of cocktails and bespoke beverages. As the night goes on the resident DJ turns it into a rather posh house party.You must book a table (4 to 6 people) and there is a guaranteed £200 min spend. 

Getting there: Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, 42 Northampton Road, London, EC1R 0HU

19. The George Tavern

Jump on the DLR and visit this old public house which dates from 1623 - mentioned by Charles Dickens in his writings. It's wonderfully preserved, so enjoy a beer while you soak up the history. In the last decade it has become an arts, music and performance venue so check the website for details of what's on. 

Getting there: 373 Commercial Road, London, E1 0LA

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20. The Booking Office

There are few more stylish late-night drinking destinations than the restored former grand station café at St Pancras station. Order a drink at the huge bar and enjoy the night-time entertainment. Despite it being a lively setting it would be hard to raise the roof - the venue is cavernous.

Getting there: St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London, Euston Road, London, NW1 2AR

21. Simmons

A late-night offering from the Simmons chain of bars, complete with a mirror ball shaped like a skull. The music ranges from 80s to funk and plenty in between, and they've got a late-ish happy hour (4pm to 9pm) if you want to get a bottle of beer or glass of wine for half price. Simmons in Camden also opens until 1.30am (Thur-Sat)

Getting there: 32 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London, N1 9DT

22. Big Chill House

This cool converted Victorian Pub has several floors to explore, including a year-long roof terrace. It's a real party venue at the weekends (note the over 21s policy), with DJs and drinks until 3am.

Getting there: 257-259 Pentonville Road, King’s Cross, London, N1 9NL

23. The Lexington

This American style bar has a lounge serving up craft beers from US microbreweries, along with a few homegrown ales - or choose from 40 bourbon and whiskeys.They play the music loud in the large bar, and also have an upstairs area for equally raucous gigs and club nights should you be enticed upstairs.

Getting there: 96-98 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9JB

24. Drake and Morgan

One of the latest bars and restaurants to open up behind Kings Cross station, this also has a funky basement bar. Alongside an extensive wine and fizz list as well as cocktails to get stuck into, they also have a large outdoor space for when the weather's warmer.

Getting there: 6 Pancras Square, Kings Cross, London, N1C 4AG

25. Slim Jim's Liquor Store

Rock the night away in Angel, in an American-themed bar which has floor to ceiling premium whiskies to choose from. Alternatively give their craft beer or cocktails a whirl while picking some rock standards from their classic jukebox.Every Saturday from 6pm, there's free live music, and happy hours from 4pm- 8pm.

Getting there: 112 Upper Street, London, N1 1QN

26. The Bar With No Name

Keeping with the Film Noir-themed interior, this mysterious untitled bar (known as 69 Colebrooke Row) has won numerous awards for its unique cocktails.If you can find it (look for its outdoor lantern) inside you'll be rewarded with cocktails created by the Drink Factory, a research and development laboratory located at Broadway Market. It's pretty small so you might want to book ahead.

Getting there: 69 Colebrooke Row, London, N1 8AA

27. High Water

This classy wine and cocktail bar in Dalston is open until 12:30am on week nights - a good place to take a date that's going well. They've got a good list of booze to get through, it's low lit, with table and bar seating. You can reserve a space behind the curtain if you've got a group. You can even bring your dog.

Getting there: 23 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 8BJ

28. Aces and Eights

Grab a seat or book a booth in this dimly lit bar until 2.30am at the weekend. You can watch live music in their basement bar (see website for tickets) on selected dates. They also serve a great range of pizza with more than ten to choose from.

Getting there: 156-158 Fortess Rd, Tufnell Park, London, NW5 2HP

29. Joe's Bar

Drink and dance the night away every day of the week here - but make sure you take your ID - they have a strict over-21s policy. It's close to the Roundhouse so it will be especially busy early and late when there is an event on. It's got an independent dive bar feel to it, but this is one of the best places to hear vintage and live music from the 1950s in London.

Getting there: 78-79 Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AR

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30. Ekcovision

The Brixton branch is currently closed, but the Tooting bar is still open. Their seasonal cocktail menu has ten signature drinks, made with homemade bitters and syrups, and you can also buy your spirits by the bottle.

Getting there: 1 Salvador Lane, Tooting SW17 9NA

31. The Tiger

This traditional British boozer has a living-room feel to it, albeit a very large one with bay windows. A late night spot to get real ale, with a rotating selection, as well as craft beers. They have DJs playing until 3.30am every Friday and Saturday and it's a great venue to watch sports in.

Getting there: 18 Camberwell Green, London, SE5 7AA

32. Communion Bar

The stunning stained glass effect on the windows and bar in this cocktail bar offers something different.They have a huge cocktail range, with the classics covered, along with their own unique blends and mixes.If you're hungry, order tapas from the Angels & Gypsies kitchen and visit on a Sunday for their monthly party nights with live music.

Getting there: 29-33 Camberwell Church Street, London, SE5 8TR

33. Prince of Peckham

This newly opened pub with a diverse range of live music and different themed nights, including LGBT. There's Caribbean food like jerk chicken on the menu, and the whole feel is very much embracing its south London roots.

Getting there: 1 Clayton Road, London, SE15 5JA

34. The Tooting Tram & Social

This huge bar (it's 75 feet from floor to ceiling) has a massive main bar as well as mezzanine levels if you want to view the action from above. They have a great range of beers and ales on tap and bottled, as well as three different wine measures, depending on how thirsty you are. A great live music venue, they do open-mic nights, club sounds, DJs and gigs throughout each month. Entry before 10pm is free and after it's £3 (or more if it is a specific event).

Getting there: 46-48 Mitcham Rd, London, SW17 9NA

35. Fu Manchu

This self-dubbed Edwardian/Opium den themed restaurant, cocktail bar and nightclub is a fun place to dance until 3am at the weekend. Underneath its funky railway arch interior, you can try their homemade Dim Sum or one of their colourful cocktails - with Asian influenced flavours.

Getting there: 15-16 Lendal Terrace, Clapham, London, SW4 7UX

36. Westow House

This traditional pub has a late-night local feel, so you can sip from their range of craft beers and real ales while lounging on a Chesterfield sofa. They have board games, a 1950's pinball machine and table football if the conversation is lulling.Free live music plays on a Friday night, they show all the football games, and if you fancy popping back in on a Sunday, a fine roast dinner awaits.

Getting there: 79 Westow Hill, London SE19 1TX

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37. Trader Vic's

Most famous for creating The Original Mai Tai® in 1944, this is one of London's classic cocktail bars - and following a remodel - still going strong. You've got 200 signature cocktails to choose from and the drinks come in all shapes in sizes, from mugs to glassware and huge punchbowls.They also serve up fusion cuisine in their restaurant at London’s Hilton on Park Lane.

Getting there: 22 Park Lane, London, W1K 1BE

38. Galvin at Windows

One of the best bars with a sweeping view of London is on the 28th floor of London Hilton at Park Lane. Start with one of their signature cocktails, or if you're after something stronger, ask about their large whisky collection. They also do tapas in the bar and the dress code is smart (no sportswear).

Getting there: Galvin at Windows, 22 Park Lane, London, W1K 1BE


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