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Late-night bars and clubs on the Piccadilly line

With the night tube now in operation, here’s our pick of the best after-hours party places on the Piccadilly line

By Time Out London Nightlife

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

Covent Garden, Piccadilly Line

Though Soho is close by, if you’re intent on sticking near to the station you can find live music and rock karaoke at the Roadhouse diner until 3am. There’s also a sizeable cocktail menu at Foundation Bar or the challenge of snagging space on a red leather banquette at Scarlet’s.

Russell Square, Piccadilly Line

Not many late-night options in Russell Square: there’s stylish pub The Marquis Cornwall's who store Meantime Brewery lager in beer tanks on-site and stay open until midnight. Or The Lamb who have a strict no-music policy. Pah.

Caledonian Road, Piccadilly Line

Next to the Pleasance Theatre on North Road is Shillibeers, an expansive pub whose high ceilings nod to its past as a bus depot. In the opposite direction from the station is Meltdown, the country’s first electronic gaming pub; complete with free-to-play consoles. It’s open till 1.30am.

Holloway Road, Piccadilly Line

For quality pubs, look to the side streets off Holloway Road. First up, The Swimmer at the Grafton Arms, whose open fire and eclectic jukebox consistently bag Time Out Love London awards. It’s worth dropping into El Comandante to witness the Che Guevara-and-Arsenal theme and The Horatia for the live bands and late licence until 2am. For a proper old man’s pub there’s Tommy Flynn’s, who have been known to display Christmas cards in the window from regulars. Or there’s always Big Red, with its purely rawk jukebox, live bands and pool tables, open until 4am on Saturdays.

Arsenal, Piccadilly Line

There’s not one, but two open fires at the tenderly named independent pub Bank of Friendship, where you can order in pizza locally. Close by is The Gunners who, when it’s not rammed on match days, keep busy with live music and open mics.

Finsbury Park, Piccadilly Line

Lively gastropub The Bedford Tavern serves up craft beer till 2am on Fridays and Saturdays, while Orleans hosts occasional soul all-nighters. And there’s always Rowans Bowl, where you can dance, drink and maybe strike lucky till 2.30am.

Manor House, Piccadilly Line

Seconds away from the station is The Finsbury, a popular pub with a back room dedicated to comedy and music and open until 2am. Be warned, the music policy requests no chatting during songs. Or over in the sprawling Manor House warehouse complex is converted arts venue New River Studios where you can catch the irregular and eclectic gig programme.

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