Restaurant review: Vingt Quatre – for post-party dining around the clock
It’s 4am. The (often disreputable) club or bar you’ve been dancing in closes. You’re hungry. It’s probably raining (the joys of living in London). The world is spinning a little from too much liquor and you just don’t want to go home.
We’ve all been there.
But where do you go at such an ungodly hour?
The answer is Vingt-Quatre, which resides on the Fulham Road. It doesn’t require a French A-Level to work out that Vingt-Quatre means 24 – the number of hours that this gem of a cafe-cum-bar-cum-restaurant stays open 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
The cafe serves a cheerful and tasty menu or British classics including a hearty full English breakfast, Eggs Benedict and Croque Monsieur. For those dining at more sociable hours, the restaurant serves a slightly larger list of diner-staples including fish and chips and Shepherds Pie.
Better still, the diner has an excellent drinks list offering a wide range of bubbles and cocktails, in addition to wine and beer – perfect for an end of night/early hours champagne brunch.
The restaurant doesn’t offer bookings after midnight, so it’s a case of turning up and trying your luck. The queue I waited in at 4am a couple of weekends ago is as much a testament to the restaurant as it is to the size of my hangover the next day (in my defence I was celebrating a birthday!).
The atmosphere at Vingt-Quatre is electric, no matter what the hour. Tables are crammed in and stretch back the entire length of the narrow restaurant, but never does this curtail the enthusiasm or enjoyment of guests.
With excellent food and a reasonable price tag, it’s no wonder that this place has become the staple go-to destination for west Londoner’s post-party goers. I’m even told that Gordon Ramsay frequents this place after late-night sessions spent in the kitchen; if it’s good enough for Gordon, then it’s good enough for me.
Vingt-Quatre, 325 Fulham Road, London, SW10 9QL
020 7376 7224