London Restaurants

24 hour food and drinks in London
Let Londoner Megan take you on a day's tour of her favourite areas and introduce you to some great places for typical English food and beverages. Bagels, milkshakes or liquid nitrogen? Cutlery at the ready!
Megan Bailey, author

Breakfast at the Brick Lane Beigel Bakery

Are you awake early on our your way home from the club? This bakery serves sweet or savoury bagels 24-hours a day! For when hunger strikes at any time. Don't leave without tasting their salted beef bagel.
While you're there, visit Brick Lane (159 Brick Lane, Telephone: 020 7729 0616), the main street of this traditional immigrant quarter, where vintage shops, street markets and bohemian performance artists rub shoulders with mosques, sari shops and spice bazaars.


11am break at All Star Lanes

Feel like stepping back in time to 1940s America? Take a step in the Juice Bar at All Star Lanes and succumb to  one of their milkshakes . Oreo, peanut butter or Bailey’s , are just a few of their flavours available. And to burn off the calories, try your hand at the bowling in the bar!

Next cross through the area in search of the Shoreditch fashionistas, and stop off at the glamorous, trendy Pimps and Pinups next to Spitalfields market, for a haircut at one of London's most "in" hairdressers.




Fancy a vegan meal?

Saf (152-154 Curtain Road): a vegan restaurant. This small restaurant has a wonderful interior courtyard with a terrace and a greenhouse where the owners grow their own products. Ingredients used: vegetables, fruit, herbs, grains and nuts.


Our favourite is the "Pesto au Poivre": Sage pesto sandwiched between two layers of cashew cheese with pink peppercorn and tomato crisp crust served with flaxseed crackers and balsamic reduction. You are now ready for a walk along the canal to Camden!




Afternoon break at Chin Chin Labs

At Chin Chin Labs (49-50 Camden Lock Place), select a flavour and see your preparation turn to ice cream...before your very eyes. These ingenious inventors use liquid nitrogen to produce your dessert to order. The only thing left is to choose your topping and off you go to enjoy your ice-cream on the canal quay, whatever the weather, or as the British say : "Come rain or shine"…


International cuisine or gourmet dining?

London is a cosmopolitan city with some excellent Greek and Indian restaurants. Take a pause at an Indian Stall in Brick Lane where you can taste all kind of specialities for a modest sum. Another good address is The Real Greek Restaurant (60 - 62 Long Acre) in Covent Garden (restaurant area in London). Delicious mezze at a decent price.


At L'Atelier des Chefs (19 Wigmore Street) you can be your own chef for the evening. Book your place and cook your own meal under the supervision of London's top chefs. Then sit down to eat at tables of four, making this a great occasion to meet other people. See the website for the programme of themed evening workshops!


If you'd like to treat yourself to a memorable dinner, then it has to be Sketch (9 Conduit Street) where you're guaranteed a dining experience you won't forget. Co-founded by the French Michelin star chef Pierre Gagnaire, the restaurant comprises several different spaces, one of which - the Gallery - takes you to the world of Alice in Wonderland with its padded ceiling, dining room partitions and capsule toilets in the form of giant eggs... The food is not disappointing either : inventive dishes superbly-presented for around £100 per head. And your evening doesn't end there as the restaurant becomes a dance floor after midnight...



After dinner coffee at Bar Italia, or a trip to London Underground?

Bar Italia (22 Frith St, Soho West End) is an authentic little Italian cafe in the centre of Soho. Expats and fans of a good strong coffee meet here to watch Italian Serie A football matches on the big screen. Stop by for a dose of caffeine before hitting the cocktail bars nearby! Prefer something different? A great night-time experience: London underground by night !


The adventure begins in the Greenwich tunnel, 15 metres under the Thames... Book a place on one of the tours of the old tube stations and spend the evening in some of London's most hidden and mysterious locations (booking compulsory). There is no saying what can happen when you play "Underground Bingo"... Quickly stand in the line for the Secret Cinema, in which film and location remain a secret until the last minute.