Northern lights

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All night long…

Night tube services are now running on the Northern Line (one of the oldest London tube lines) and here at JAT headquarters we couldn’t be happier for the colourful, cosmopolitan British capital is no Cinderella. London doesn’t shut down, when the clock strikes midnight so we’ve never understood why the tube does. (Sure we have had late night services in London before on New Years’ Eve, but nothing on a regular basis). With this in mind, here’s the low-down on five fabulous after-hour activities on offer along the Northern line…

Bourne and Hollingsworth  (Goodge Street)
Descend down the stairs to this prohibition-inspired speakeasy and you’ll find one of Fitzrovia’s most original looking bars – think floral wallpaper, lace tablecloths and mismatched furniture all of which combine to make it look a little like someone’s living room.
During the week you’ll able to bag a stool or sofa – the perfect place to catch up over a cocktail or two – with ease, but come the week-end, seats get snapped up early in the evening. Later on the tiny space is primarily made for body bopping (there’s always an event going on) with the lights down low.
The bar is superbly stocked although the emphasis is on gin based, jazz aged cocktails – served in tea cups and delivered at breakneck speed by the personable staff.

Dublin Castle (Camden Town)
This famous pub is where a whole host of successful bands cut their Indie teeth. Madness launched their career here while the A list likes of Ash and Blur have both passed through the sticky floored environs of the Castle.. Next-door neighbour, The Monarch, is another typically grungy – although not unpleasant Camden venue – full of small time artists looking for their big break.

Hulaboogie (Oval/Kennington)
Hulaboogie offers a unique night of music from the 30s, 40s and 50s housed in a venue reminiscent of a US army base on Hawaii. If you don’t know your jive from your jitterbug, get there early (doors open at 7pm) for the 30-minute beginners’ class at the start of the sesh. But if you don’t mind following in Ed Balls’ footsteps and making a fool of yourself on the dance floor, show up later when the body bopping is in full swing.

Infernos (Clapham Common)
Disco dollies and Topman clad blokes (and let’s face it, they definitely are blokes) congregate at the bar to down pitchers of competitively priced drinks ( which allows for an absurd consumption of alcohol) which subsequently inspires frenetic dancing and arm waving with wild abandon on the dance floor. The rowdy crowd body bop till 3am to disco greats as if they never went out of fashion. Stir in some Britney and a smattering of boy bands and the result is cheese please – and plenty of it. Bottom line? This Clapham institution is an unashamed party joint where, should you be so inclined this Yuletide, it’s almost (impossible) not to score.

M Restaurants (Bank)
M is Martin Williams’ first solo venture. The former Gaucho boss’ new venue – whose launch in November 2014 attracted the A list likes of Keith Allen, Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens, cricket ace Michael Vaughn, Heather Kurzner and Tiny Tempah who performed a string of hits including Earthquake, RIP, Pass Out and Trampoline – encompasses a drop dead gorgeous cocktail bar, a wine tasting room, a secret den and four private dining and events spaces plus two restaurants, Grill and Raw. The former serves serving £149 Kobe steaks and  £3,000 bottles of wine but if you’re on a health kick ahead of the Christmas party season, then Raw – which as the name suggest, specialises in small plates of raw food – is the restaurant for you.

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