Hey, here’s a little irony about the all-night Northern line. The part of the line that serves some of London’s classic (predictable?) nightspots – like Old Street and Angel – isn’t actually the part of the line that now runs through the night on Fridays and Saturdays. Oops.
But with London becoming an ever more decentralised city, why worry? There’s a whole load of alternative places where the overnight underground does let you get to now. Face it: you’ve always dreamed of a night out in Finchley – and thanks to late openings on the Northern line, now you can finally have it. Bonus points if you can get to them all in the same evening.
Proving that Hendon’s got more to it than just a museum about aeroplanes, authentic Irish bar The Claddagh Ring will have you truly flying after a few pints of the black stuff. It’s raucous, sporty, and often has bands hammering away until 2am.
Day or night, it seems there’s always something afoot at Boogaloo, a late-night beacon of hope on Archway Road. Art installations give way to quizzes, musicians, and themed DJ nights; recent gatecrashers include a band called The Libertines.
Serving an area perhaps better known as North Finchley, Woodside Park tube station is only a short stagger away from The Bohemia, a bustling brewpub in which no fewer than 15 types of beer are made. The focal point is a vast, clattery space open till late at the weekend.
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While all of our picks stay open well into ‘night tube’ territory, Wimbledon’s Tunnel 267 is the latest of the late. This party spot offers comedy and clubbing until 3am on Friday and Saturday nights, and can be quite literally crawled to from Wimbledon South station.