The advent of the Night Tube
, which extends the service of some Underground lines to 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays, means it’s never been easier to explore the city after dark. From the Electric Brixton
to Shoreditch’s XOYO
, night owls are spoiled for choice in the British capital. There are innumerable places to grab a quieter drink, too, thanks to the emergence of creative cocktail bars—an alternative to the long-established pub culture. TT Liquor
, a recent addition to the Shoreditch scene, entices with a bottle shop, a cocktail bar, and regular tasting sessions spread over three floors of a 19th-century police station. In Old Street’s lively Tech City enclave, the Magic Roundabout
stands in the middle of a once-barren road junction, with craft beers, cocktails, specialties that include jerk chicken and burgers, and nightly music, including rooftop summer sessions, all accessed down a secret tube-station staircase.