Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Best Watering Holes for the Weekend

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Best Watering Holes for the Weekend

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Byline: EDWARD SULLIVAN

Jamie Theakston should have asked our bar critic Edward Sullivan where to go for a late-night drink OH come on, nearly all of us have done it at some point: it starts with meeting up with your mates for a quiet drink, you get lagered up, take in a club (or two), end up wearing the remnants of a dodgy takeaway, and wake up the next morning with a taxi receipt on your bedside table as the only real evidence that you got home in one piece.

This kind of unwise behaviour is generally seen as forgivable for most of us.

The following day we'll repent by pledging a lifelong allegiance to fruit juice, make a few tentative

phone calls in order to ascertain the depths of our depravity the previous night, and then end up feeling as shady as hell for the rest of the day.

But if you do want yet another drink in the early hours, there are plenty of legitimate watering holes with late-night licences that don't offer such unsavoury extras as those experienced by poor Jamie Theakston.

Go to Teatro on Shaftesbury Avenue (020 7494 3043). It's packed with well-behaved celeb-types and the owners, Lee (Chapman) and Leslie (Ash), will make sure you get the nightcap you so desperately need.

Or you could pop over to the Met Bar (020 7447 5757). I know it's very D-list these days, but they might be able to knock you up a cocktail, such as a Slow Comfortable Screw. It's members and selected guests only, so don't look too dishevelled.

Try the Atlantic Bar & Grill (020 7734 4888), one of London's original style bars - of the modern genre, anyway. Designed to look like the interior of an ocean liner, this venue is as agreeable today as it was when it first set sail in the early Nineties. Although it has a bit of an iffy door policy, it is possible to enjoy a drink until 3am, so long as you don't turn up mob-handed and looking the worse for wear.

And much the same can be said of the door policy at the luxurious Zeta Bar on Hertford Street (020 7208 4067), which also boasts a 3am licence at weekends. …

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