Navy blue is the warmest colour this month, as the Piccadilly line joins the night tube. Pubs, clubs and bars from Cockfosters to Heathrow are now contenders for long nights of nocturnal fun. Here’s our pick of late-night spots en route in Zones 1 and 2.
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Piccadilly line bars and clubs
There’s loads to get stuck into in W6: dip down beneath the Brook Green Hotel for quality cocktails, mixology classes and velvet booths in Smith’s, hit up the Hammersmith Ram for some regular folk nights. Or for some ’70s rock history visit classic pub Latymers where AC/DC and Metallica once played.
Your first stop could be speakeasy bar Evans & Peel Detective Agency to sample their memorable cocktails and décor. Or there’s the live Irish music at The Bolton, stunning gilded mirrors and chandeliers at The Pembroke or no-trainers-but-lots-of-neon vibe at private members’ club Vaudeville. Vingt-Quatre is a bit of walk from the tube but offers quality food and drink 24 hours a day. Failing those options, the pretty cheesy Wild West-themed Beaver Lodge stays open until 3.30am.
There’s not many late-night options in these parts that don’t require dressing up. Cocktail bar Eclipse is all reflective and shiny surfaces, while beneath plush restaurant L’Etranger is the refined glamour of cocktail bar Meursault. Both have regular R&B and hip hop DJs and both are open until 3am.
Long-running Lebanese restaurant chain takes care of late night options with Maroush II, open until 4.30am, and Ranoush both offering friendly dining and drinks, open until 2am. Or you could try private members' joint Wellington Club, it’s scrappy, graffitied walls are often in high demand for photoshoots.
Why not nestle in the historic 400-year-old Rose & Crown pub, recline amongst leather-bound books and oil paintings at Library Bar at The Lanesborough hotel or sample the extensive British gins on offer at The Arch bar at the Intercontinental on Park Lane. And for all night drinking the Colony Club casino and Playboy Club are open 24 hours.
Stay out late in Piccadilly because you can! There’s big old boozer The Warwick, themed rooms covered in vinyl, CDs and cassettes in Piccadilly Institute, ultra-glam DSTRKT London, glorious cabaret at Cafe de Paris or Rah Rah Room, basement salsa club Rumba or D-list celeb spotting on the light-up dance floor at Tiger Tiger, all of whom kick out after 3am.