Late-night adventurers – it’s time to go exploring!
By Steph Dye (follow Steph on Twitter: @HelloIAmSteph)
Recently, it feels like us Londoners have been talking about nothing else: all sorts of people, from politicians to your next door neighbour have weighed in with their opinions on the Night Tube since it was announced two years ago. Yet finally, against all odds, it has arrived. Not as completely as we might have hoped but here none the less. Here at Broke in London, we think is important to use the new 24-hour services to their full potential, so we have put together a list of great, late-night joints that stay open past curfew. Forget clubbing: all the venues mentioned here are more chilled out, eating, drinking and relaxing spots.
Starting with the Central and Victoria lines, (don’t forget to look back when more tube lines are opened up as we will be updating the list) we have put together a list of the top five late-night venues to visit on each route. We have purposefully chosen places that are in zones 1 and 2, that are within a five to ten minute walk of a station, as these generally the most tricky spots to travel home from at night. Whilst all of the places can be described as cheap, some are more expensive than others: check the ‘£’ for more details. All venues are given a rating depending on either the cost of a meal or three drinks, plus the cost of entry (if there is a fee). £ = a bargain, about a tenner | ££ = a spend of somewhere between £10 and £20 | £££ = your late-night revelling is likely to cost you a bit more, at over £20.
#1 Ronnie Scott’s Late Late Show | Tottenham Court Road | £££
What is it?: The Late Late Show at Ronnie Scott’s is a great way to relax on a Friday or Saturday night, plus another way to continue drinking without having to resort to clubbing. Every show sees a different act perform so go online and check the website for something perfectly suited to your tastes. (Plus, if you book online and in advance you get £2 off the ticket price.) Beware however, this is not a place for cheap drinks: wine starts at £6.25 (175ml) and spirits begin at £7.
How much is it? £12 on the door; £6 for students carrying their NUS or student union card; free for members or those who have tickets to the main show.
When is it?: Friday and Saturday night, 1am-3am.
Where is it?: 47 Frith Street, Soho, W1D 4HT.
#2 Balans Soho Society | Oxford Street | ££
What is it?: A quirky, late-night eating and drinking den that gives more than a subtle nod to the traditional watering-holes of Soho. Serving food all the way through from sun-up to…well.. sun-up again. Balans Soho Society isn’t quite 24 hour – but it might as well be. Check the website for details of the menus and drink offerings.
How much is it?: The menu averages out at about the £11 mark, with items ranging from about £6.50 to a huge £28 and covers everything from breakfast items, steaks, curries, sandwiches and sweet things.
When is it?: On Fridays and Saturdays, Balans is open from 7.30am-6am the following morning.
Where is it?: 60-62 Old Compton Street, W1D 4UG.
#3 Ranoush Juice | Marble Arch | £
What is it?: Far from your usual, late-night, greasy kebab, this fast-food style Lebanese restaurant, serves up dishes both sweet and savoury. Whilst it might not look like much on the inside, there are lots of ways to customise your food, whether it be wrapped up or served plain, with hummus and pickles and the meat is always cooked to perfection.
How much is it?: The grilled meat wraps start at just £4.75, with including everything from fried chicken livers, to falafel to slices of halloumi.
When is it?: It is open until 3am on Fridays and Saturdays, with the last sitting at 2.30am.
Where is it?: 43 Edgeware Road, W2 2JE.
#4 Troy 22 | Tottenham Court Road | ££
What is it?: It’s about what you know, not who you know at this secret, Tottenham Court Road address which hides up a tiny sat of stairs and behind a door. There’s no telephone number, website or email address but your perseverance will be paid for in cheap drinks, free entry, fun music and late opening times.
How much is it?: That would be telling. Troy 22 is all about secrets, however we can let slip that you will be pleasantly surprised when comparing to other London bars.
When is it?: Open til 2am on a Friday and Saturday.
Where is it?: 22 Hanway Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 1QU.
#5 The Discount Suit Company | Liverpool Street | ££
What is it?: Coining its name from the store that used to reside at this address, The Discount Suit Company is a relaxed, upstairs bar, located in the original storeroom of the aforementioned shop. The cocktail bar specialises in both the classics and unusual new blends, as well as sharers, wine and beer. There is also a small menu of bar snacks.
How much is it?: Cocktails start at £8, which is decent, considering it’s city location, whilst wines (175ml) and beers start at just £4.50.
When is it?: On Fridays and Saturdays, the bar is open until 1am.
Where is it?: 29a Wentworth Street, E1 7TB.
#1 Meat Liquor W1 | Oxford Circus | £
What is it?: Like a dark, neon-lit night club, devoted to the music of deep-South cooking, this late night food joint is perfect place to indulge in a satisfying late-night snack. Menu options, (which are reduced to a ‘late’ menu an hour before closing) are spread between burgers, chicken and a whole host of deliciously messy sides.
How much is it?: Burgers, whilst not being the cheapest, are reasonably priced, considering their quality and pimped-up-ness. They range from £8-£9. Sides cost between £3.25 and £5.50.
When is it?: On Fridays and Saturdays, Meat Liquor is open until 2am.
Where is it?: 74 Welbeck Street, W1G 0BA.
#2 The Bedford Tavern | Finsbury Park | £
What is it?: With a mismatched crowd of students and local residents, this low-lit, late-night tavern is a haven for revellers. The menu consists of guest craft beers both on tap and bottled that are rotated weekly, as well as thoughtful yet small list of wines.
How much is it?: Wines and beers are very reasonable, especially when the price tag that normally accompanies ‘craft’ labels is generally close to extoritionate. Small glasses of wine cost £3.50, as do the beers.
When is it?: On Fridays and Saturdays, the Bedford Tavern is open until 2am.
Where is it?: 160 Seven Sisters Road, N7 7PT.
#3 Big Chill House | King’s Cross St Pancras | ££
What is it?: A massive, multi-leveled bar that, despite it’s large size, still manages to fill up on Friday and Saturday nights. If it wasn’t loud enough, it also has a DJ to keep things bouncing in North London. It may be a no-frills approach to going out, but it certainly does the job.
How much is it?: With your standard array of wines, beers and classic cocktails, there are no surprises here, however the prices are reasonable. Single-shot spirit and mixers start at £3.75, wine starts at £4.75 and beers begin at £4.10.
When is it?: On Fridays and Saturdays, the Big Chill House is open until 3am. However, unlike the rest of the time, the venue becomes over 21 on these days and ID is required.
Where is it?: 257-259 Pentonville Road, King’s Cross, N1 9NL.
#4 The Dead Dolls House | Highbury and Islington | ££
What is it?: Set over three floors, the Dead Dolls House resembles – you guessed it – a dolls house. Whilst not being the cheapest of the options on our list, it certainly isn’t hugely expensive either. They also do a killer brunch menu at the weekends, and, if you are prepared to wait it out to the early hours, lots of drinks deals at the beginning of the evening to get you started off!
How much is it?: Cocktails generally cost between £9-£11. Wines start at £5.50 for a glass and beers are probably the only things that are over-priced, starting at £4.60 for a Sol.
When is it?: Open until 4am on Fridays and Saturdays, you can expect a mix of live music and resident DJs to keep up the party atmosphere.
Where is it?: 181 Upper Streer, N1 1RQ.
#5 Three Eight Four | Brixton | ££
What is it?: In stark contrast to Brixton’s generally raucous Friday and Saturday nights, Three Eight Four is a relatively relaxed venue for sipping a cocktail or two. It is open until late (according to the website, it’s open late every night of the week, however you will have to brave the bus if you stay out on a weekday!) The bar also serves a variety of small plates, in case you get peckish. It is also recommended that you book if you are aiming for a visit on the weekend, however, as the small venue tends to get very busy.
How much is it?: Cocktails start at £6 for a strawberry and basil smash. Wine costs around £4.25 for a small glass and beers begin at £4. Food starts at £2.75 for snacks such as olives and goes up to about £12 for sharing boards.
When is it?: On Fridays and Saturdays, the bar is open til ‘late’ (or 2am if you want to be more precise!)
Where is it?: 384 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LF.
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