For the inevitable late-night Indian meal, I go to Sartaj, 26 Earlham St WC2, where you can mingle with sweaty actors fresh from performing. The decor's easy on the eye, and the vegetable thali is a classic. Or I might get a takeaway from a Turkish place called Lezzet Lokanta, 330 Essex Rd N1 (071-226 7418), who do Mediterranean dips and a wonderful home-baked bread.
Although I work there, I like the Comedy Store, 1 Oxendon St SW1 (071-839 6642) for a late drink, but two other good places I go are members' clubs. The Players Club is under the Players Theatre, The Arches, Villiers St, WC1 (071- 839 1134) which is used by all sorts of people who work in the West End and don't finish until most things are closed. The other is MacReady's, a bar on HMS President, which is docked at Victoria Embankment, EC4, at the bottom of the pontoon (071-583 1597). I can't tell you how to become a member because I don't want everyone to know about it. But it's great, especially in the summer, sitting out on the deck.
Richard Vranch is a Comedy Store Player, Suns & Weds at the Comedy Store, and co-stars with Paul Merton at the London Palladium 21 Mar-2 Apr
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