With a 24 hour restaurant just a few miles from my door, it was only a matter of time before i decided to set my alarm for the middle of the night in order to explore what it had to offer.
Before even venturing out the door there were so many questions to answer, what time do you go to sleep in order to wake up in the middle of the night? What time do you have dinner if you’re going to be eating an as yet unidentified meal at 4am? And what on earth do you wear to a restaurant where you have the potential to be sharing a dining space with city bankers, slightly inebriated 20-somethings and romantic twosomes?
Despite the feeling that an alarm going off so early should only be reserved for a journey to the airport, the destination was definitely worth it.
Duck and Waffle has a variety of menus, which operate at different times of the day and between 11.30pm and 5am, you’ll be able to select from the late night menu which offers a wide range of options, from foie gras creme brulee, to duck and waffle to torrejas for two.
After much back and forth and multiple debates, duck egg on cocotte was the final decision. It was definitely the best choice i’ve ever made at 4am, but then again with egg, wild mushrooms, Gruyère, truffle and soldiers that was hardly ever in doubt.
Needless to say, from the 40th floor, the view of London is spectacular, so whether you choose to watch the sun rise in the east or set in the west, on a clear day you’re guaranteed a picture perfect photo.
One warning ahead of making an early morning booking. Although Duck and Waffle is open 24 hours a day, beware the witching hour! Between 5am and 6am, there is only one thing available, so it might just be worth waiting until 6am when the breakfast menu starts.
Duck and Waffle
Address:110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY
Monday – Friday: Breakfast 6am – 11am, Lunch 11:30am – 4pm, Dinner 5pm – 11pm, Late night 11:30pm – 5am
Weekends: Breakfast 6am – 9am, Brunch 9am – 4pm, Dinner 5pm – 11pm, Late night 11:30pm – 5am