Party animals all over the city can rejoice now as the Piccadilly Line becomes the latest addition to London’s Night Tube service. Many of the stops on the Piccadilly Line are home to some of the capital’s most vibrant nightlife. That means that you can now use that money you would have otherwise spent on a cab home, on another beer or cocktail in one of the city’s best late-night venues. Just in case you needed a bit of inspiration for your night, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite spots for everything from a late night snack to some after-hours live music.
Best for: A midnight meal
Nearest tube: Leicester Square
When you’re looking for a meal and you don’t know the area then Chinatown can be seriously overwhelming. Cafe TPT is an often overlooked hidden gem, which has the added bonus of being open until 1am daily. Don’t be put off by the enormity of the menu in comparison to the size of the tiny kitchen. Café TPT’s chefs are miracle workers – their food is some of the best in the area and it’s very reasonably priced too!
Where to find it: 21 Wardour Street, W1D 6PN
Best for: Some late night live music
Ain’t Nothin But…
Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus
Since opening its doors back in 1993 Ain’t Nothin But… has grown into London’s leading Blues bar. It’s got live music seven days a week and has played host to some seriously big international names, not to mention local stars such as Amy Winehouse – not bad for a pint-sized venue tucked away down a Soho backstreet. Musical guests tend to play until 8pm, leaving the main band to take over until late.
Where to find it: 20 Kingley Street, W1B 5PZ
Best for: A drink
Nearest tube: King’s Cross St. Pancras
King’s Cross is an area of London that has been on the up for a while now and it certainly has plenty to offer in terms of drinks. However, when it comes to cocktails there’s one place that should be firmly at the top of your list. VOC is modelled on a 17th century punch house and it’s been providing those in the know with some of the best cocktails in London for several years now.
Where to find it: 2 Varnisher’s Yard, N1 9AW
Best for: Clubbing
Nearest tube: King’s Cross St.Pancras
As you’re no doubt already aware, these are dark days for the London club scene. With the recent closure of Fabric it’s up to London’s remaining nightspots to continue to fly the flag, One such venue is Egg in King’s Cross which has been bringing some of the most revered names in electronic music to the city for thirteen years now. It’s a warehouse-style space with a 24-hour license, several rooms, a terrace and recently went through a full refurb including a brand new sound system.
Where to find it: 200 York Way, N7 9AX
Best for: A snack on the way home
Nearest tube: Gloucester Road for Kensington branch, or Leicester Square for Soho branch
Forget about the standard greasy mystery-meat kebab, usually consumed whilst sitting on the curb in the rain waiting for a taxi. Instead why not head to Balans before you hop on the night tube and finish your night the right way. This late night spot is open until 6am, giving you plenty of time to smash a burger into your face in preparation for tomorrow’s sore head.
Where to find it: 60-62 Old Compton St, W1D 4UG or 187 Kensington High St, W8 6SH
Featured image credit: Pedro Szekely