District Line Bars
If you thought the District Line was good for nothing but taking you from the West all the way through to deepest Essex, you'd be very much mistaken. For this very pillar of the Underground system takes you to the doorstep of London's very best drinking dens, and we're here to take you on a boozy tour to take them all in. Grab your pals, top up that Oyster Card and read on to discover our list of the best bars on the District Line Zones 1&2 (we'd be here forever otherwise).
Our whistle-stop tour has taken us to some fine establishments so far, and Voltaire near Blackfriars raises the stakes even further. Their private vaults offer sofas, a champers table and even your own iPod dock so you can kick back and listen to your own tunes. There's also a stunning champagne bar and a seriously slick interior that inevitably draws a fun-loving and vibrant crowd.
We know what you're thinking; this tube crawl really needs a riverside bar and eatery. As luck would have it, our next stop takes us to Northbank Restaurant, where you'll enjoy a plate of wholesome grub alongside NYC-inspired cocktails, with stunning views of the city's Southbank and Millennium Bridge to boot.
Back on the tube we go, but don't get too comfy because The Folly at Monument is next on the list. A striking botanically-inspired bar, restaurant and deli is so fresh you could be dining inside an actual rainforest. Truly a unique London bar, The Folly provides a relaxing haven from the hustle and bustle of the City.
This Fulham Broadway pub, restaurant and DJ bar brings down the curtain on our tour of Zones 1&2 in style. Quality drinks, delectable colonial-inspired eats and lively DJ nights are on the agenda, and the venue's fantastic beer garden is among the best in the West.
Step out of Temple station to be find something of a hidden gem perched on the banks of the Thames. A moored up boat bar that lends itself perfectly to alfresco drinking, step outside onto the deck and you'll be treated to fantastic views of the London Eye, Big Ben and the Oxo Tower. Bliss.
We'll start deep in the east at Bromley-by-Bow, where you can hop off and find the Galvanisers Union. Steeped in history, swing by today and you'll find a pub offering up meticulously sourced craft beers, real ales, spirits and wines, available to enjoy in a spacious and relaxing setting. There's fresh British pub grub on offer too, and time your visit well and you'll get some live music thrown in for good measure.
Hop back on a westbound tube and alight at Whitechapel; where we're stopping by a venue written about by Charles Dickens himself. The hugely popular George Tavern isn't just an endearing boozer but also something of a hub for art and culture. There's regular live music, art exhibitions and theatre performances to enjoy in a really diverse environment.