Jubilee line bars and clubs
Kicking off in Zone 2, there are a few options near Kilburn station. Dance under low-hanging lightbulbs to DJs at Brondes Age or snatch a couple of cocktails at Kilburn Ironworks; they’re both open till 2am. There’s also the Betsy Smith, a cosy spot with a focus on games and themed activities, which is open until 3am on Fridays and 4am on Saturdays. If you like wine and solid wood features, it pays to drop into The North London Tavern, a former hotel with a vast wine list that shuts its doors at 1am.
For late-night cocktails and craft beer in West Hampstead you’ve got The Alice House in West End Lane, with its bare-bricked den, open until 1am. The Railway pub, also in West End Lane, is great for a taste of music history (Jimi Hendrix, Cream, U2 and The Rolling Stones all played gigs here). Practically next door is The Gallery, a destination for bourbon fans, and higher up the road is gastropub The Black Lion, open until 1am on the weekends; with a front terrace and tiered back garden, it’s a great choice for outdoor drinking.
There’s a strong historical theme running through Swiss Cottage, beginning with The Washington which has possibly the most beautiful carved-wood bar (crafted in 1865) in north London. Closer to the tube is Ambar, within the Odeon IMAX and boasting original 1930s features. Slap-bang in the middle of a traffic island sits the chalet-style Ye Olde Swiss Cottage, an old-school boozer, despite the themed facade. In a completely different league is the small basement bar beneath restaurant Piano Bar, with its light-up dancefloor.
There’s quite a lot happening around Bond Street after midnight: get comfortable at the swanky, marble-topped Polo Bar within The Westbury hotel until 1am; head for lush basement rum house Burlock; or go for Lebanese night spot Levant, where Arabic bands play live at the weekend. Elsewhere, you could opt for the world-class, deluxe bar in The Langham – repeatedly voted World’s Best Bar, Artesian offers pricey but exquisite cocktails and stays open until 2am.
Feel like an intrepid Victorian explorer without having to travel the world at Mr Fogg's Residence where you can enjoy cocktails among ancients maps, flags and animal pelts. Up the desirable postcode ante with a trip to Berkeley Square’s sleek Fifty9, where club classics are played until 3am at weekends.
Millbank Lounge could be a choice location for winning friends and influencing people, or at least a legless junior special advisor. It’s open until 1am on Fridays and Saturdays. Or there’s famous floating bar The Tattershall Castle, but make sure you get out on the right side when everything shuts at 3am. The last option, this being Westminster, is to somehow inveigle yourself into one of the eight, yes eight, bars within the Houses of Parliament.
Bermondsey Arts Club is an unbelievably elegant bar based in a former public convenience featuring cocktails made from ingredients bought at nearby Borough Market. 214 Bermondsey is tucked under Antico Restaurant, again very stylish, and open until 1.30am with a focus on gin and a weekly changing cocktail menu. Finally there’s The Hide Bar, a warehouse-style cocktail bar that serves unusual mixes until 2am.
Get out at Canary Wharf and immediately head up 48 floors to The Attic at the twin-towered Pan Peninsula for panoramic views of the city until 2am. 28 West bar and grill is a popular choice for stag and hen nights, so seize your chance to join the later, wilder hours of the party as it closes at 2am on Fridays and Saturdays.
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