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Late-night bars and clubs on the Central line

No more running for the last tube! Embrace London's night tube with our guide to late-night bars and clubs along the Central line

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By Time Out London Nightlife |
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The Central line runs from east to west across the heart of the city. It's the longest and one of the busiest tube lines, making it a vital part of London's underground network – day and night, now that the night tube has arrived.

To celebrate the new age of noctural fun in London, we've plotted the best late-night drinking dens – bars, clubs, eateries and a few pubs – along the red line to ensure your night out never ends early. 

RECOMMENDED: Find out all you need to know about the night tube in London

Central line bars and clubs

Night tube: Stratford

If you’ve just come in from Essex you might be tempted by the bars at Aspers Casino in Westfield shopping centre (open 24/7). But if you can face the trek across the Olympic Park then head to Hackney Wick for parties at The YardBloc and occasionally Stour Space, or drinks till 1am at The Plough at Swan Wharf.

Night tube: Mile End

There isn’t actually much open past midnight in this bit of the East End, but if you meet their strict leather-and-rubber dress code then you’re welcome at The Backstreet, London’s longest established gay fetish club.

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Night tube: Bank

City slickers flock to Forge and Agenda Bar, both open till 3am on Fridays but closed on Saturdays when the bankers aren’t around. Steam & Rye is open late both nights (go for the cocktails, stay for the mechanical bull), as is Core Bar, and if you like ’80s music, check out The London Stone’s regular Electric Dreams club.

Night tube: St Paul's

If you’re wearing your neon legwarmers, ’80s-themed bar/club Reflex pays tribute to the decade’s tackier side till 3am at weekends.

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Night tube: Chancery Lane

Try the Beduin bar (open till 5am), Grand Union Farringdon (open until 3am), speakeasy-style Oriole (till 2) and The Hope, a market porters’ pub that opens at 6am (in case you’re up really late). Closer to Chancery Lane tube you’ll find Kanaloa tiki bar (open till 3am) and Bounce ping pong bar (till 1am).

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Night tube: Tottenham Court Road

Though it’s lost a few late-night venues over the last few years, Soho isn’t short of nightlife – from famous places like Café Boheme (3am) and Bar Italia (5am) to newer arrivals such as Balans (6am) and El Camion (3am). Try your luck at exclusive and raunchy nightclub The Box, dance to indie music at St Moritz or headbang at metalhead hang-out Crobar. Let’s hope the night tube helps London’s other square mile keep the party going for decades to come.

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Night tube: Bond Street

West of Oxford Circus things get a bit more genteel: your options around Bond Street include cocktails at The Luggage Room and Meat Liquor, both open till 2am. There’s also the three-storey Loop for drinks and dancing till 3am.

Night tube: Marble Arch

If you don’t mind the trek down Park Lane there’s always established tiki lounge Trader Vic’s for cocktails. It closes at 3am at weekends.

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Night tube: Notting Hill Gate

After a dry stretch alongside Hyde Park, Notting Hill offers west London’s best range of late-night destinations. For cocktails head to the tiki-tacky (but surprisingly excellent) Trailer Happiness or faux-flatshare The Little Yellow Door – both close at 1am – or Rum Kitchen till 2. Then descend and dance with the shabby chic set at Notting Hill Arts Club or bashment pit The Globe (event end times vary).

Night tube: Shepherd's Bush

Overlooking Shepherd’s Bush Green you’ll find the oddly named Defector’s Weld, which stays open until 2am at weekends (though there’s no admission after midnight). Head south from the tube station however and you’ll hit Blagclub, a plush place to dance till 2am. Well, it beats heading out into the wilds of Ealing.

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