It’s been off since the start of the pandemic in 2020 but now the Night Tube is finally back and the Night Overground is following suit, with a late service on the Highbury & Islington – New Cross Gate line running on Friday and Saturday nights from 17th December. Not only will the Night Overground make it safer for people who have to travel in the early hours of the morning, it’ll make getting back from all those festive nights out a whole lot easier. In anticipation of the return late-night orange line, we’re rounded up the best places on the Overgorund that you can go for a late night boogie and midnight munch.
This multi-roomed goliath of a club is known for putting on some spectacular shows, whether it’s a live gig, a day party or big-name DJ sets – everyone from the likes of Sink The Pink to Sleaford Mods to Bicep has passed through the doors. The electronic music mecca can keep the party going right through to 4am, and it’s accessible from three Overground stations – Canada Water, Rotherhithe and Surrey Quays – so you’ll have no problem getting home.
Surrey Quays Rd, London SE16 7PJ
The clue’s in the name as to which station The Haggerston is close by. The pub-come-club on Kingsland Road is open till 3am on a weekend (including Sundays) and 1am Mondays – Thursdays. Music includes a range of genres, everything from rap to aquatic reggae-ton and Sunday is their popular weekly jazz night. The Haggerston is walk-ins only and free entry, ideal for a spontaneous stop off on the way home.
438 Kingsland Rd, London E8 4AA
Dalston Superstore is one of East London’s most beloved LGBTQ+ Clubs. The two-floored venue acts as a queer club, cabaret spot, cafe, gallery and community space and with DJs and drag acts, it’ll certainly inject some fun into your evening. The partying doesn’t just happen on weekends, you can dance the night away Wednesday to Sunday til 2.30am and 4am on Fridays and Saturdays, before jumping on the overground at Dalston Junction.
117 Kingsland High St, London E8 2PB
This East London venue aims to celebrate London’s club culture through its weekly events. Some of the biggest names in music have taken to the stage at E1, including My Nu Leng, Defected Records, Idris Elba and even Kylie Minogue. The venue only has events on a weekend and they can go very late, and is just a stone’s throw away from Tobacco Dock making it close to both Wapping and Shadwell stations.
Unit 2, 110 Pennington Street, London, E1W 2BB
Stopping off for some carbs is a key indicator of a good night, and essential if you want to dodge a killer hangover the next day. Swing by for some stodge from one of East London’s oldest bagel shops, Beigel Bake. The shop is open 24/7 and just a short walk from Shoreditch High Street station – a very handy pitstop on a night out in East.
159 Brick Lane, Shoreditch, London E1 6SB
Karaoke is a bit like Marmite, you either love it or hate it. If you fancy yourself as a singer and enjoy taking to the mic and belting a tune or two out then head to Lucky Voice in Islington. The karaoke spot on Upper Street is open till 2am on weekends and you can even get a free round of shots if it is your birthday.
173-174 Upper Street, London N1 1RG
New Cross Inn
Whatever the night, there’s always something going on at The New Cross Inn, with live music shows every day of the week and closing times of 3am on weekdays and 4am at the weekend. The venue has no specific theme when it comes to booking nights, with acts including touring and local bands to festival and party nights. There’s also an open mic night to get involved in. Don’t fancy watching the gig they have on? The venue also has a bar and basement bar you can pop into for a drink.
New Cross Inn, 323 New Cross Road, London, SE14 6AS