Best spots in Mayfair for a late supper
Insider guide by Ginza co-founder Sarah Ahern. Exclusively created for guests at The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences.
London restaurants are notorious for closing early, but there is a growing number of high-end restaurants serving into the late and early hours - perfect after an evening at the theatre, opera or ballet, if you’re arriving in London late, or even if you’re just a night owl like me. Read on to discover my top picks for a late dinner near The Athenaeum.
This buzzy cafe-restaurant in a Grade II listed building on Piccadilly, just a stone’s throw away from The Athenaeum, takes its inspiration from the ‘grand cafes’ of the continent. Though particularly famous for its breakfasts, The Wolseley’s all-day dining and late night menu also offers much to delight, including refined comfort foods such as oysters and steak tartare, as well as a reassuring selection of salads, soups and hot sandwiches. The interior is an elegant, monochrome nod to the building’s 1920s heritage, with vaulted high ceilings and marble pillars - giving the restaurant a romantic, nostalgic vibe.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7am-11pm; Sat-Sun 8am-11pm
This Mayfair bar and restaurant is popular with a young, glamorous and well-heeled crowd. The menu is pan-Asian and ‘inspired by the seas of Asia’, with dishes ranging from Thai to Japanese. The interior is opulent and includes art by Damien Hirst and Frank Gehry. Wednesday to Sunday evenings, a resident DJ sets the mood and the bar is home to one of the world’s largest collections of Japanese whiskeys.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12pm-2am; Sun 11:30am-1:30am
The Mayfair outpost of this upscale take on Cantonese cuisine is in a dimly-lit basement that feels like a sexy, futuristic opium den. The menu features decadent and beautifully presented takes on classic dishes, including a selection of dim sum, ribs, peking duck and Singapore noodles. This is lux late night comfort food at its finest.
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 12pm-12am; Fri-Sat 12pm-12:30am; Sun 12pm-11:45pm
HIDE is a three-storey Michelin-starred restaurant and bar complex on Piccadilly by renowned chef Oli Dabbous. Upstairs (aptly named Above), you will find a tranquil, nature-inspired dining space, featuring lots of beautiful wood and stunning views of Green Park. Above serves a seasonal set menu and evening tasting menu with an emphasis on British ingredients and clean, light flavours and presentation. The street-level Ground dining room is much larger and offers a la carte dining. Floor-to-ceiling windows facing the street allow for brilliant people watching while you enjoy your meal.
Insider tip: Save room for dessert and consider ordering the acorn cake, a modern take on the rum baba that comes with a choice of alcohols to pour over - not just rum. Spongey, boozy and oh so decadent.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7:30am-1am; Sat 9am-1am; Sun 9am-11:30pm
One of the most talked-about restaurant openings in London in recent years, Park Chinois is the brainchild of Wagamama founder Alan Yau. The lavish interior is inspired by the jazz clubs of 1930s Shanghai and is wonderfully over the top, with gold, tassels and red velvet galore. The menu offers many choices, mostly Cantonese in origin, but mixing elements from European and other Asian cuisines. The highlight is the ‘Duck de Chine’, or Cantonese roast duck, offered with a choice of eight different grades of caviar.
Insider tip: Club Chinois offers an immersive evening dining experience with live music and entertainment - this is truly a restaurant unlike any other in London. Check the Park Chinois website for details.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm and 6pm-2am; Sat 12pm-4pm and 6pm-2am; Sun 12pm-4pm and 6pm-12am