Bars with the best alcohol-free cocktails in London
Try a "pious pina colada" at London’s first non-alcoholic cocktail bar, Redemption in Notting Hill, Shoreditch or Covent Garden, or discover the deep-red kombucha cocktail served in a silver chalice at The Connaught Bar. Alternatively, a special selection of alcohol-free tipples featuring Seedlip is available at many bars in London including Dandelyan and the Savoy’s American Bar.
For more of a party atmosphere without alcohol, try a Kombucha Cooler at Ichibar, the basement bar under cute Chinatown bao/burger restaurant Ichibuns, or dip into the cocktail menus at Shoreditch bars The Book Club (check out its zero-proof cocktails and ping-pong tables) and Bar Three (for virgin spritzes and slings).
South of the river, Streatham’s Exhibit B serves mouth-watering wings and ribs, plus a long list of original craft cocktails including alcohol-free options – try the Cheeky Tiki.
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Warm up with a hot drink in a late-night London cafe
Swap cocktails for a late-night caffeine fix at Grind, along with food from brunch to dinner at branches across the city.
Head to the chilled-out BFI Bar & Kitchen on the Southbank for a good range of soft drinks, coffee and tasty bar snacks. The nearby Scooter Caffe on Lower Marsh offers espresso, snacks and cocktails in a quirky retro space.
Best places for a sweet dessert alternative to cocktails
Get your frozen fix at Gelupo, where you’ll find the perfect late-night treat of luxury Italian gelato. Also in Soho, find vegan, gluten-free desserts at Yorica, or pile high a Bubblewrapwaffle with fruit, cream and salted caramel sauce.
Find small-batch sorbets and other frozen delights at Ruby Violet in King’s Cross and Tufnell Park, or traditional gelato at Nardulli in Clapham. For something hot, Doughnut Time has branches across London, while Senzala Creperie in Brixton serves up light French crepes smothered in butterscotch sauce, fruit or Nutella.
Fun-fuelled activities to do at night
Show off your swing at Plonk’s crazy golf courses or Junkyard Golf Club on Brick Lane. Take aim at Flight Club, where fun social darts games are designed for all skill levels. Dive into the ball pits with your friends at Ballie Ballerson or sip a mocktail as you score a strike at All Star Lanes.
For more of a challenge, see if you and your friends can beat the Crystal Maze’s physical tasks and brain-teasers, dodge Mission Impossible-style lasers at Room 33 at Escape Rooms or prove your magical pedigree at the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Discover more escape room experiences in London.
Get your late-night culture fix
See cutting-edge exhibitions by emerging artists at the South London Gallery or the Whitechapel Gallery, delve into the wonders of science at the Wellcome Collection, or discover many more of London’s museums at one-off lates or special events.