Central Line Bars
Covering some of the best venues from West to East London, the Central Line benefits from passing through some truly amazing spots in the capital. From Shepherd's Bush through Bond Street, Bank and ending up in Bethnal Green, read our reviews of the recommended Central Line Bars within Zones 1-2.
Last updated on 1st September 2017
No tour of the Central Line is really complete without dropping in to say hello to The Escapologist. Based at the HQ of the secret society that ran Victorian London, this themed bar is part Victorian men’s club and part Masonic Lodge, serving up delicious food and refined cocktails in a beautifully designed basement space. Come for cocktails, cheese-drenched pizzas and bottle service with your own secret lockers.
Just moments from Holborn sits Sway, a restaurant, bar and nightclub in one. Whether you’re there for creatively crafted cocktails or some pizzas in their chic, New York style bar, it’s always a great time.
Dirty Martini is well known for its cool cocktail bars throughout London, but their Bishopsgate venue has to be one of the best. A fun party bar just opposite Liverpool Street station, it's a lively venue that always gets you in the mood for a big night out. With great happy hours and a late night license, it's a definite stop off. Looking for more DM potential? Try their St Paul's and Monument offerings.
Harking about the Central Line and looking for a boozy stop off? Head to Liverpool Street station and make haste to Dirty Dicks as this traditional British boozer promises gastro dining, draught beers, wooden clad interiors and plenty more.
Working your way down the central line and looking for the perfect bar to stop off at? We've just the hidden gem. A noted name in the London cocktail business and brimming with quirky charm, not only are the interiors at Simmons a loveable site, their cocktails are heralded and their happy hours are hard to beat.
A fantastic cocktail bar in the heart of Marylebone, Purl near Bond Street is a fine drinking institution serving bespoke and experimental cocktails. A 1920's underground speakeasy that is a throw back to the golden age of cocktails, you're sure to be amazed not only by the drinks, but also by the incredibly cool setting.
We know, those Central London streets are as busy as they come, so avoid the rush hour crush, the suited stampedes, the camera collisions and duck into this cute cosy cubby hole in Covent Garden. With crafty concoctions such as Lavender Love, enjoy your lavender syrups, your peach purees and your Absolut citron all in one place.
Sitting pretty near Liverpool Street, this central line bar is one still holding on to much of its secretive allure in the city. WM Barker & Co is an underground joint where cocktail connoisseurs come to play and those who favour a strong kick to their drinks come to be satisfied. Expect unusual ingredients and some skilled mixology here.
There's always plenty of reasons to visit Nordic Bar; with its impressive list of Scandinavian beers, sophisticated wines and refreshing cocktails, you're really spoilt for choice. If you're looking for some food as well, they've got a fantastic menu that's never amiss and perfect fuel to keep you going.
Bringing Central Line users great American cuisine is The Strand in Covent Garden. The 1950s diner-inspired spot is filled with red booths and retro tunes, the perfect place to grab one of their delicious hard shakes - milkshakes with an extra shot of booze.
A popular ping pong bar based at the site where Ping Pong was first invented, Bounce is a must on one this bar crawl. Offering some fine drinks, a fun atmosphere and an experience you wont forget, it's a really cool spot that's more than just a simple place to swing your paddle.
Spread over two floors and equipt with a restaurant, cocktail and wine bar and modern club, Patch Bar truly has it all. No matter what mood you're in Patch St. Paul's can will find something for you, meaning it's incredibly ideal for large groups. A full-bar with a wide selection of drinks, you won't be disappointed.
Starting from Shepherd's Bush, the first stop is The Bull, a fine pub spread across two floors. A relaxed affair, the first floor is a private Club Room that is available for hire so you can host your own Bar Crawl party at the start of the night. With a full bar, exquisite food and a pool table as well, it's the ideal place to start.
Another great cocktail club, The London Cocktail Club in Oxford Circus is a gangsters tequila paradise. Reminiscent of downtown LA, the walls are clad in graffiti, depicting gun-toting clown figures and cityscapes, whilst the staff wear bandanas and lumberjack shirts to complete the vibe.
Next stop... The Bull. With wines galore, trendy craft beers, private dining options and a stunning selection of British pub fare - this place is very very good. Ideal for grabbing a bite and keeping you sustained on your Central Line journey, The Bull is a real London gem.
A versatile venue that serves as a lounge, DJ bar and restaurant, Lonsdale in Notting Hill has it all. A luxurious spot without the price tag, enjoy some of their critically acclaimed drinks, from a selection known as “The Bible”, which features over 200 individual cocktail recipes. A nice step up in pace, it's sure to prepare you for much bigger things.
Oval Space is a multi-use arts, events space and nightclub located in Bethnal Green, and one of the finest venues in the area. Always offering a great night out, it boats 6000 square feet of free space, regular renowned DJ acts and an atmosphere befitting of just completing an epic journey across the Central Line.
A great pub just a small walk from Holland Park station, The Castle has a great vintage charm with plush red velvet, over-sized chandeliers as well as reclaimed wooden furniture. Only offering the finest drinks possible, the beer and spirits list is especially noteworthy in this very cool establishment.
Cool and exuberant, Holborn House is a great DJ bar just a stretch from Holborn station. Offering some fantastic alfresco drinking, it's one of the best spots in the area and on weekends turns into an incredible space popular amongst discerning clubbers.