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The best London bars on Night Tube lines

Published September 29th, 2015

As of this month, the Night Tube service in London has run on five lines. All of the Jubilee and Victoria lines are now operational and trains run on average every 10 minutes across the entire routes; most stops on the Central, Northern and Piccadilly lines are also being served.

The following are our favourite bars that you can now drink in with renewed abandon, knowing that a Tube carriage is only a short stagger away.

Artesian – Oxford Circus

Voted the world’s best bar for the past three years in a row, Artesian at the Langham hotel has become something of a point of pilgrimage for the cocktail cognoscenti, and deservedly so. Head barman Alex Kratena’s menu offers a medley of rare spirits and unorthodox ingredients – such as mushroom, curry and frankincense – all served in playful bespoke glassware. The creativity on show means more ardent drinkers will likely be tempted to try quite a few libations and the bar is open until 2am on Friday and Saturday nights to enable them to do just that.

Friday and Saturday: Until 2am

Sketch – Oxford Circus

Come here for extravagance and great design – this stylish Mayfair bar intends to wow. Extensively set over two floors – aptly situated on the former site of the Royal Institute of British Architects – Sketch comprises two restaurants and three bars, each with an entirely different character and ambience.

Each room is adorned with alternative artworks and lavish furnishings. Even the toilets keep you on your toes, with an abundance of unusual, egg-like cylinders taking the place of the more traditional toilet cubicles. Sumptuous evening cocktails are the name of the game.

Friday and Saturday: Until 2am

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Central & Co – Oxford Circus

This handsome little Art Deco bar has panelling, mirrors and smart brass fittings, and is discreetly hidden beneath an equally good-looking brasserie. There are a range of classic cocktails available, along with a good selection of beers and ciders, such as Gentleman's Wit wheat beer and Hawkes alcoholic ginger beer.

Friday and Saturday: Until midnight

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Zenna – Tottenham Court Road

This intimate basement bar tucked away below The Red Fort Indian restaurant on Dean Street lends a cool and chic vibe, with its soft velvet and leather seats, dimly lit alcoves, private corners and sleek black top bar. Retro tunes (ranging from 1980s/'90s hip-hop and R&B to house and funk) spun by its resident DJ get people dancing from around 10pm.

Said to be London’s first and only Indian-themed cocktail bar, its drinks menu was relaunched this year with an infusion of some of the most exotic Indian herbs and spices, including the Lemon Saree, one of its newest cocktail creations, flavoured with lemongrass, coriander lychee and organic lemon curd.

Friday and Saturday: Until 1am

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Experimental Cocktail Club – Leicester Square

Blink and you'd miss this trendy drinking den in Chinatown, which is flanked by nothing but a battered, unmarked door on Gerrard Street. Inside is a three-storey drinking emporium, with a decent soundtrack of funk and hip-hop, plenty of French attitude (the original is in Paris) and a twist on old-school drinks, some of which include liquors that date back as far as the 1950s.

Friday and Saturday: Until 3am

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Bar Americain at Brasserie Zedel – Piccadilly

An understated entrance just off Piccadilly Circus hides stairs that sweep down to a cavernous French restaurant and bar, with all the bustle, marble and gilded mirrors that you would expect from a respectable Parisian brasserie. The atmosphere is Saint Germain, the food surprisingly affordable. The bar has plenty of '40s glamour, classic cocktails and lots of seating.

Friday and Saturday: Until 1am

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Radio Rooftop Bar, Me Hotel – Embankment

On the 10th floor of the ME London hotel, which opened in 2013, Radio features some of the best panoramic views of the city, with Tower Bridge, the Shard, Somerset House and the Houses of Parliament all visible. It's smart, with DJs playing most nights.

Friday and Saturday: Until 2am

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Dandelyan at Mondrian hotel – Southwark

Master mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana is at the helm of Dandelyan, housed on London's riverfront inside the Mondrian hotel. Sip on interesting botanical concoctions, such as the Elderfir (tequila, douglas fir, Kamm & Sons, grapefruit and tonic), while snacking on padron peppers and posting Instagram shots of the Tom Dixon-designed interiors. Make sure you bag a seat at the back on the Bubblegum-pink leather sofas.

Friday and Saturday: Until 1.30am

Super tasty Martini Portobello Road Gin & Contratto Bianco Vermouths

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The Megaro Bar, Megaro Hotel – Kings Cross

Nestled below the boutique Megaro Hotel, this movie set-cum-bordello is a real treat. Sneak behind a heavy, velvet curtain and find yourself in a hidden, underground speakeasy. Adorned with old film kit, moody lighting and sunken cushioned cinema chairs, it’s well worth a visit even if you’re not staying at the hotel. Friendly bar staff specialise in experimental, movie-themed cocktails.

Friday and Saturday: Until around midnight

Drink , Shop, Do – Kings Cross

This eclectic food, drink and arts cafe offers afternoon teas, coffee, cakes and other light bites by day, and dark and sweaty basement dance parties by night, with a mix of old-school tracks and the latest new music. Its playful and quirky ground-floor interiors feature candy-coloured walls and counters, mismatched wooden chairs, board games and hanging ceiling decorations.

Friday and Saturday: Until 2am

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The Book Club – Liverpool Street

With the sort of relaxed, informal vibe that you might expect from a bar with this moniker, there is still plenty going on between the covers here, including an eclectic mix of art, ping pong and themed party nights downstairs, with plenty of food available for under a tenner.

Friday and Saturday: Until 2am

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