by Aimee Sics0
Five places that are perfect for that “one last drink”
Since the night tube got launched on Central and Victoria lines for Friday and Saturday nights, it’s given us revellers a more justified reason to stay out later. And why not? Weekends are for sleeping in, right?
To further encourage ample use of this long-awaited night tube, we’ve rounded up some cool places that are minutes away from tube stations on the Vic & Central line… just in case you feel like that cheeky night cap.
This low-slung basement bar is just the right place for a moody last beverage. Having only opened up in July 2016 for a six month stint in Soho, it’s a hidden gem that really picks up on that late-night, lounge-like vibe —it almost feels like you’re doing something super mischievous and naughty once you step in. But running away from those post-work drinks is a good idea: with live music nights, DJ sets and a license till 3am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, The Takeover gives you every excuse to be Uber-ing here for a late night boogie. Moreover, they have a stellar line up of seasonal and limited edition beers, a wall of wine taps for the vino aficionados, and a premium cocktail list for those who are keen to round out the night with some sweet adventure time.
12-13 Greek Street, Soho, London W1D 4DL
Tube: Tottenham Court Road / Leicester Square; Oxford Circus
Hours: Friday & Saturday 6pm – 3am
Forever foraying into the new and unusual, Duck & Waffle is the perfect place for a night cap experience — if not for the view alone. The great one-of-a-kind venue has just launched their Urban Foraging vs. Urban Decay menu, so what better excuse than to get the elevator up 40 floors and join the D&W fan club for one last round. The current menu curated by Rich Woods, Head of Spirit & Cocktail Development, playfully captures wild edible and discarded ingredients common to city life. Executed into fine examples such as the Woodland Negroni (‘damp gin,’ Campari, sweet vermouth and formica rufa infusion) or Strawberries & Cream (Pimm’s, Reyka vodka, dry vermouth, split cream and strawberry leaf infusion) — it’s clear proof that Duck & Waffle are again scoring touchdowns for eliminating the standard norm for cocktails to be crime scenes for sickly sweet slushies.
And for those that are a bit peckish at this hour, Duck & Waffle have just the remedy: BBQ-spiced crispy pig ears (£6) or the bacon wrapped dates (£3.50 each) are our favourites from their late night menu.
110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY
Tube: Liverpool Street
Hours: Open 24 hours
What was once the bustling ticket hall of St Pancras station is now the Booking Office Bar & Restaurant. It might all seem a bit la-di-da when you first enter— the vaulted, cathedral-like room and 29-metre long bar wrapped around the Grade I listed ticket booth certainly makes for an upscale and unique setting. Yet don’t let this deter you as it makes for great people watching and the chance to revel in the romance of a bygone era — the ‘Golden Age’ of rail, which also coincided with the birth of the cocktail.
Subsequently, the Booking Office provides the best pretext for a fancy Victorian-inspired late night tipple if you’re around this now-trendy area. Ever the more fitting is the Lost Ticket cocktail — Glenmorangie Lasanta Highland Whisky fused with Pineapple shrub and bitters will see you wind down for the evening in style.
And word has it that by “open till late” means 3am-4am, if the polite patrons are still tippling away…
St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London, Euston Road, London, NW1 2AR
Nearest tube: Kings Cross St Pancras
Hours: Friday & Saturday 6.30am – late
The Four Sisters Bar stages an impressive introduction to those wanting to familiarise themselves with bars in London that have retained that historic charm and “Dickensian” feel to them (yet thankfully lost that old-school stuffiness). The cosy and intimate drinking den on Canonbury Lane has plenty to lure you through the doorframe — it’s humble and unpretentious, and uses only the best seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. They even press and cook everything themselves to ensure the cleanest flavours possible. Think house-infused spirits, homemade syrups, shrubs and barrel-aged cocktails.
It’s stylish, elegant and mischievous —and open till 2am on Friday and Saturday nights. Woop!
25 Canonbury Lane, London N1 2AS
Nearest tube: Highbury & Islington
Hours: Friday & Saturday 4pm – 2am
And for the very late merrymakers, there’s Balans. Pulling this one from the “where will be open at 5am for a cocktail?” files, Balans Soho Society also exists in the “we’re stoked you’re open” folder. Moreover, who doesn’t like a place who announces themselves as being: “Notorious for our morale-boosting cocktails served daily with panache”?
Balans Soho Society is legendary. A bit like mum’s roast dinner: quality and comfort you can depend on. Having served quality food and beverage for nearly 30 years, they’ve seen everyone from A-list celebrities to the local fishmonger and German tourist groups come through that door.
The main restaurant is open from 8am – 6am each day and if you fancy a crab linguine at 4.30am, then order up as Soho café is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
60-62 Old Compton Street, London, WC1
Nearest tube: Oxford Circus / Tottenham Court Road
Hours: Restaurant 8am – 6am everyday; Soho café is 24 hours