Lonely Planet Writer

London's Night Tube service has been a smashing success in its first year

Lovers of London’s amazing night life have helped make the first year of the Night Tube a massive success.

People stand outside an underground stop at Picadilly Circus.
The Night Tube in London has beaten all of its targets for success. Image by Maremagnum/Getty Images

The city’s mayor Sadiq Khan has announced that the first year operating certain tube lines overnight has brought an even greater economic boost than expected. The stats released on the one-year anniversary showed that there have been roughly 8 million trips on the Night Tube and it has boosted the city’s economy by £171million.

The night service runs on Friday and Saturday nights and early mornings on Saturday and Sunday along Victoria and Jubilee lines, as well as: the Central line between Ealing Broadway and Loughton / Hainault; the Northern line from High Barnet and Edgware to Morden via the Charing Cross branch; and the Piccadilly line between Cockfosters and Heathrow Terminal five.

Light trails of traffic on Westminster Bridge with Big Ben and Houses of Parliament in background.
London’s Night Tube has proved a success with travellers looking to enjoy the city’s night life. Image by ©Julian Love/Lonely Planet

While travellers are likely grateful to the Night Tube for helping them get out and enjoy the city later, it has also helped Londoners who work nights and need to get home safely and affordably at night. Some of the most popular Night Tube stations with late-night travellers have been central London destinations like Leicester Square and Tottenham Court Road, as well as Brixton, Liverpool Street and Stratford, according to a city press release.

The city’s Night Czar, Amy Lamé, whose job it is to boost the city’s night time economy, said in a statement that the Night Tube “has firmly established London’s position as one of the most vibrant cities in the world after dark. You only have to talk to businesses, bars and venues to see what a boost it provides for them. It’s been great for workers getting to and from night shifts, and great for Londoners and visitors who are making the most of everything our diverse nightlife has to offer.”

This year will also see the introduction of more 24-hour weekend services, with London Overground beginning night operations on the East London route between New Cross Gate and Dalston Junction in December. The night service will then be extended to Highbury & Islington next year.