What makes a good going out spot? We like the places you stumble upon at just the right moment, the cheap places in expensive areas, the hidden, quiet gems on busy roads full of queues, places with history and places with great views over London or across the Thames. Basically the places only a lucky few know about. Well, today's your lucky day. Here are 7 of our favourites.
Everyone loves a dive bar and this hidden gem is one of our favourites. Tucked away down a small, unassuming side street near Tottenham Court Road, without a website or a phone number is Troy 22. Open until 2am, selling ridiculously cheap drinks and playing jukebox classics to get you dancing – it’s a great shout for an impromptu night out.
Having taken some style tips from industrial Manhattan loft bars across the pond, this new Brixton gem serves inventive cocktails and tasty food presented on ping pong bats - because why not? The little sister of Seven at Brixton is a great place to go whether you want a few drinks, some food, or a late night.
This charming old boozer has been around a bloody long time, but it’s still going strong. Whether you're into fringe theatre, football, proper ale, crazy locals or even monopoly (it's the official Angel, Islington stop off for pub crawls), The Old Red has got it. Tip - check out their Comedy Commentary nights, a collaboration with amazing blog The Illustrated Game if you fancy a laugh while watching the football.
Small, intimate and great fun, a night out at Plastic People will successfully get rid of any preconceptions you might have about East London – the great crowd, buoyed by the brilliant music are all just up for dancing and having a great evening. TSL tip – keep an eye out for nights curated by brilliant jazz producer Floating Points – you won’t be disappointed.
Due to this longstanding party venue’s discrete location, it is largely ignored by everyone walking the Kingsland Road strip looking for a night out. Despite this, it’s full to the brim every weekend with loyal regulars and those lucky enough to have found it. With huge cocktails for only a fiver, an eclectic mix of music from Motown to 90s RnB (not much jazz) and opening hours until 4 or 5am, this is a fail-safe spot to end a big night
This gorgeous gastro pub serves all manner of delicious food and drinks, but the halloumi burger is bound to put a smile on your face. And if that doesn’t the lovely staff and tasty drinks will. Love it so much you want to have a party there? You can hire the whole space – for free – on the weekends.
Going out for food first means you’ll actually get to catch up with your mates before the dancing begins and you’re yelling at each other over the speakers. This spot, perched right on the Thames and serving delicious food all day long is the perfect place to head for sunny weather and a stomach lining chat with your mates before you head out.