The Dead Dolls House is just North of Kings Cross station on the eclectic Upper Street in Islington. Three floors of Victorian townhouse won’t (hopefully) serve you up and dead dolls as such, nor should you be channelling them on the stately dance floor – this is your port of call for unhinged fun, frolics, and pretty fine food and cocktails too if you need something to keep you going. The dishes are as stripped back and temptingly presented as the entire house – duck fat chips, chargrilled sardines with artisan bread, pork ribs with fennel slaw, or a lobster and scallop burger are just some of the temptations on offer to succumb to before the rest of the evening takes over. uniquely crafted cocktails sit beside classic Negronis, Pisco Sours and Old Fashioneds, and the wine list is equally exhaustive. Open until 2am Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday and 4am Thursday, Friday and Saturday, there’s no time like the witching hours to settle into this house party.
Salvador and Amanda is a tapas and cocktail bar that transforms into a full-on dance venue once the plates have been cleared and the spirits raised. Open until 2am most nights and 3am on the weekends and has outposts in both Bloomsbury and Covent Garden, S&A’s frequently features live Spanish guitar music, DJs and a spacious dance floor for you to burn off the volumes of authentic tapas and vino you’re likely to have just inhaled. From black rice with squid, chorizo and pancetta a la flamencana and inventive cocktails as well as three different Sangria concoctions, this is your foolproof fiesta finale for the night.
Salsa! has become something of an institution among London’s late-night movers and shakers. Simultaneously a bar, restaurant and nightclub that’s open until 2am all week and 3am on the weekend, this is the place to come for unbridled enthusiasm, guaranteed energetic dance partners and even refining your moves if you’re a little rusty with your pasos. The bar also offers daily happy hours from 5pm to 8pm, cocktail masterclasses from 12pm to 4pm and alternating themed latin music evenings every single night of the week.