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Late-night bars and clubs on the Northern line

Discover your late night options around the Charing Cross branch of the Northern Line

Northern line night tube
By Amy Smith and Oliver Keens |
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The Northern line – birthplace of the 'mind the gap' warning – is now part of the growing Night Tube network, well, the Charing Cross branch of the line at least. We've gathered together those late night cocktail bars, clubs, secret hideaway nooks and pubs all within walking distance of open stations, warm tube carriages and a quick route home.

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Northern line bars and clubs

Hampstead, Northern line, night tube

Options are limited if you’re up for a late one in Hampstead but beer fans can rejoice that two pubs are open until midnight: historic gay venue King William IV (now under new management) and The Horseshoe – home of the Camden Town Brewery.

Belsize Park, Northern line night tube

Gone are the days when the Gallagher brothers drank (and drank) at The Sir Richard Steele – also gone is its dodgy rep. Now the focus is on food, cute cubby holes, and a convivial atmosphere. Look to The Washington whose original 1865 bar is a thing of beauty or head to The Roebuck where you might catch a few post-shift tales from Royal Free Hospital staff.

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Chalk Farm, Northern line night tube

Things heat up considerably as we get to the edge of Camden. There’s the excellent Camden Assembly, which hosts live music and ace club nights and runs to 3am. Retro rock boozers The Monarch and Joe’s also go till 3am, while The Lock Tavern’s upstairs disco room is still one of London’s finest tiny dancefloors.

Camden Town, Northern line night tube

The World’s End is one of the first sights when you exit the tube and it – plus The Underworld beneath – continues to serve as a rite of passage for generations of teenagers clasping tenuous proof of ID. The brilliant thing about the World’s End (aside from that bizarre wall of fake shops) is you can chat with everybody and anybody but also be left completely alone if you choose. Around the corner is the comfortably dark and moody Black Heart –a goth-lite option to The Devonshire Arms – or The Dev, one of the last bastions of metal and punk. If you want to carry on until past 3am and stay close to the tube there’s the revived Jazz Café, Electric Ballroom, The Camden Head, The Camden Eye and The Blues Kitchen. Alternatively, britpop stalwarts The Good Mixer, Dingwalls and The Hawley Arms are always worth a visit too.

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Mornington Crescent, Northern line night tube

Directly opposite the tube is beautiful Victorian music hall Koko that just keeps booking an impressive roster of bands and DJs often going through until 4am or 5am on weekends. For a proper Camdenite drinking spot, seek out Sheephaven Bay or head towards Euston for The Pack & Carriage, where DJs play until 3am.

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Tottenham Court Road, Northern line night tube

Though it’s lost a few late-night venues over the last few years, Soho isn’t short of nightlife – from famous places like 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 in the basement at St Moritz Club 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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Leicester Square, Northern line night tube

Do not go to Leicester Square. Seriously, don’t do it. Nope. 

Charing Cross, Northern line night tube

Where Leicester Square is a pedigree void, one stop along you’ve got traditional gay boozer Halfway to Heaven – a proper London institution which boasts a daily mix of karaoke and cabaret until 3am. Just as male but more on a lads’ tip is Riley’s Sports Bar – also open until 3am.

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Embankment, Northern line night tube

The big beast here of course is Heaven – the cavernous club that pioneered the notion of a British gay club in the ’80s and still bumps hard and late most of the week. Pop-gasmic GAY events are a mainstay, while other indie nights and gigs flourish midweek. You could also leave dry land entirely and head for a drink on moored boat the Tattershall Castle, on Victoria Embankment, which keeps its flag flying until 3am on weekends.

Waterloo, Northern line night tube

Get some luvvie gossip at Penny’s Bar up in the circles at The Old Vic. Anyone can come in up to 2am at weekends, once the evening’s performance is over. Or just up the road there’s always cocktails and music at Cubana until 3am.

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Kennington, Northern line night tube

There’s plenty of post-midnight fun to be had in SE1. Gastropub The Tommyfield stays open until 1am, The Dog House until 1.30am, while tiki-themed club bar South Pacific rolls on until 3am. Aloha!

Oval, Northern line night tube

Drop by The Brown Derby, which stays open until 1am on Saturdays and is modelled on LA bars from the ’20s with deep burgundy leather, low-hanging lights and a Hollywood-inspired cocktail menu.

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Stockwell, Northern line night tube

Stagger from the tube down Sidney Road and you’ll end up at Brixton Jamm, a south London stalwart that books jump-up dance DJs until 5am every weekend.

Clapham North, Northern line night tube

Seek out one of the dimly lit booths at 64th & Social or dance hard at Fu Manchu – a railway arch-turned-dim sum bar – both open until 3am. Alternatively there’s live bands and world music DJs at The Bread & Roses.

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Clapham Common, Northern line night tube

Clapham is home to not one but two divisively skeezy clubs, so if you’re determined to have a good time and can ignore the tacky carpeting and cheesy music then head to Infernos Disco until 3.30am or Mosquito Bar until 6am. There are alternatives: either golden gay club Two Brewers or mix with the well-groomed clientele dancing to house tracks at the sleek SO.UK, both open well past 3am.

Clapham South, Northern line night tube

The steady spill of DJs and an up-for-it crowd mean that Gigalum is pretty rowdy until midnight. If cocktails are your thing and don’t mind a bit of a walk to Battersea there’s The King of Ladies Man, a sorta-secret bar hidden behind a fake launderette (yes, really) within The Breakfast Club, Polynesian-themed Sugar Cane Bar, the seriously attractive Walrus Room and Southsider Cocktail Club on Battersea Rise that keeps shaking and pouring until 2am.

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Tooting Bec, Northern line night tube

Enjoy a sanitised yet boozy re-interpretation of Raj-era India at plush cocktail bar The Imperial Durbar. If you fancy a non-alcoholic drink they also serve a selection of coffees and chais. Across the road is the very elegant Wheatsheaf where you can work your way through their extensive wine list until 1am on the weekend.

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Tooting Broadway, Northern line, night tube

It’s worth staying out in Tooting after midnight. Whether it’s live bands at Tooting Tram and Social, DJs at popular brunch spot Graveney and Meadow, taxidermy haven The Antelope on Mitcham Road, or the latest addition to the area – ’20s-themed Ekcovision. Resident-run Craft Tooting opens until midnight on Saturdays so you can sip, and stock up on, a wide range of craft beers. Late night foodie options come from lively Spanish tapas bar The Little Taperia and communism-themed pizza joint Guerrilla that blends politics, pizza and UKG at regular night Club ’90s on Saturdays.

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