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Tue 18 April 2017
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Up All Night
London’s never had a reputation as a 24 hour city. But the days of Bar Italia being the only place to pick up a decent espresso in the (very) early hours are finally in the past. Thanks to some long-awaited openings of the late night kind, you can now find yourself wide awake or hungry after midnight in the city and expect a lot more than the final throws of an after party or a Brick Lane bagel.
The Laughing Heart brought late night dining to Hackney Road, and was hailed by Guardian food critic Marina O’Loughlin as the only good thing to happen in 2016. And they’re not stopping there. This month they turned the private dining room downstairs into The Laughing Heart Cave, announcing Sebastian Myers, previously of Sager & Wilde and Chiltern Firehouse, as the permanent resident chef. The subterranean drop-in wine bar offers small bites (think mortadella buns and courgette pickles) and rare and interesting wines by the glass and classic cocktails. Once you’ve sampled everything on the menu there, you can head back upstairs, as The Laughing Heart serves both food and drink until a glorious 2am.

If you’re looking to bust a move, Jaded at Corsica Studios opens at 5am and keeps going on strong until the mid afternoon. Pleasingly, this early hours club isn’t focused on drawing in a rowdy after party crowd. Instead, Jaded has built a cult following of club workers and lovers of avant-garde techno who are just as likely to wake up on Sunday morning and spend the day dancing as they are to arrive there from the night before.

And, of course, any discussion of round-the-clock escapades wouldn’t be complete without a nod to Duck and Waffle, who open their brand new sister site in St James Market on 3rd May. Put the expectations for stunning views and all night dining on hold – Duck and Waffle Local is a slightly different beast. We’re told to expect more of a fast-casual, chef-curated, street-level affair, with orders taken at the bar and takeout also available. They’ll be serving until 1am, but hopes are this will soon extend, and that still gives you plenty of time to head out after getting your fill of waffle goodness.

So forget your curfew and join the straight-through crew instead – there’s plenty to do before sunrise.
Wine bars are ready for a shake-up, and Clarette is set for the challenge. Making its home in the heart of Marylebone, Clarette’s focus is on French wines, alongside other carefully selected varieties from around the world. Within the bar’s unique curated wine list, guests will find both old favourites and new grape types, regions and styles. Created by Alexandra Petit of the Château Margaux family, leading restaurateur Natsuko Perromat du Marais, and with the guidance of wine expert Thibault Pontallier, Clarette welcomes wine-loving novices and connoisseurs alike.
Clarette is on soft launch from 18th -25th April with 50% off food, before its official opening on Thursday 27th April. 44 Blandford Street, W1U 7HS
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