4 Notting Hill Arts Club
Notting Hill Arts Club has long been a bastion of good times in the bougie heart of West London. It hosts a variety of club nights from Wednesday through Saturday every week, with local promoters and rising talent taking charge of its intimate basement space.
Though not many big names pass through these days, it's still not to be sniffed at and with the Central line open all night, it could see an influx of visitors from other parts of London (it's spitting distance from Notting Hill station). Maybe venues like this will receive a boost in interest once the night Tube opens, with ravers able to travel more freely around the city. Or maybe not, given how lazy most of our mates are.
Koko's another London institution that's kind of annoying to get to if you live in certain parts of London.
Situated on the Northern line, it's now very much accessible to all and that's good news because despite its size and relatively mainstream rep, it still incubates a bubbly vibe and hosts decent line-ups with the likes of Mala, The Bug, Pinch, Loco Dice and Oliver Huntemann playing its specialist nights.
6 The new venue from the people behind The Lift
The Lift was a venue in East London frequented by those in the know. Situated at the top of an office block, it was forced to close due to the building being redeveloped into flats.
Word on the street (or, erm, in the actual lift shaft of the old venue) is that a new, similarly intimate and secret venue will be opening in the Manor House area come the end of the summer (or thereabouts). If you find out about one of the parties there, you'll be able to head over on the Piccadilly line. The venue will probably be nestled in the warehouse complexes that are down the road from Manor House station, but don't take our word for it. However, do keep your eyes peeled for the venue and others like it as the 24-hour Tube opens up the possibility of new venues in previously untouched parts of town.