Stay out late and don’t worry about how to get back to your serviced apartment now parts of the Tube are running 24 hours a day.
The newly opened Night Tube is making going out in London better than ever. Transport for London (TfL) has responded to increased demand for late-night Tube services by making several lines 24 hours, and more are set to follow suit.
Here, we’ll take you through the changes, including which lines now offer 24-hour services and when; which are set to change soon; and most importantly, where to go to make the most of them!
24-hour Tube: Lines now open
At the moment, all Night Tube lines provide a 24-hour service on Fridays and Saturdays only. So, don’t expect to take advantage of them mid-week. However, since Fridays and Saturdays are when most of us have our big nights out anyway, this works well.
There are three lines currently running Night Tube services. They are:
- Victoria line: Services run an average of every ten minutes across the full line.
- Jubilee line: Trains also run roughly every ten minutes across the entire line.
- Central line: Services run an average of every ten minutes from White City to Leytonstone, and roughly every 20 minutes elsewhere on the line (though there’s no service between North Acton and West Ruislip, Loughton and Epping, and Woodford and Hainault).
Lines scheduled to open
There are several lines scheduled to open 24 hours in the near future too. The Northern line will join the Victoria, Central and Jubilee lines on November 18th, offering trains approximately every eight minutes between Morden and Camden Town, and every 15 minutes from Camden Town to High Barnet/Edgware (the service won’t run on the Mill Hill East and Bank branches).
The Piccadilly line should join these four before the year is out, though an official start date is yet to be confirmed. Its 24-hour service will run between Cockfosters and Heathrow Terminal 5, but not on the Terminal 4 loop, or between Acton Town and Uxbridge.
In the future, TfL hopes to add night services to sections of the Circle, Metropolitan, District and Hammersmith & City lines.
Top bars and clubs on the current Night Tube services
Since the Night Tube makes nights out in the capital that little bit easier, it’s well worth making sure you put it to good use. Along the three lines currently running night services, there are some outstanding late-opening bars and clubs that are much easier to make the most of now it’s simpler to get back to your serviced apartment. Here are some of our favourites:
Nearest station: King’s Cross St Pancras
With three floors and a 24-hour licence, Egg London is, arguably, the ultimate place to party. With a reputation for being one of the best house music venues in the capital, it also has a great selection of regular nights that play other genres too.
Nearest station: Warren Street
This compact two-floor cocktail bar has a tempting menu of mixed drinks that features classics and new creations served in tea pots or china cups – a great spot for a fun night out.
Mabel’s Covent Garden
Nearest station: Covent Garden
This lovely little cafe-style bar is a must-visit for cocktail lovers, especially if you like your drinks with a fruity twist. There’s also an excellent food menu, making this a good spot for dinner too.
WM Barker & Co
Nearest station: Liverpool Street
Another favourite among cocktail lovers, WM Barker & Co is a sophisticated venue with something of an underground feel. A firm favourite among those who like their cocktails strong, it is also known for its unusual ingredients.
Nearest station: Baker Street
This speakeasy-style bar is hugely popular, and it’s easy to see why. In fact, it’s so popular that it’s best to book ahead if want to be guaranteed a seat – though you never know, you might be lucky if you drop in without a reservation. Expect friendly service, an excellent selection of spirits, fantastic cocktails, and well-chosen jazz.
Nearest station: Westminster
A great location for a special night out, Tattershall Castle is one of London’s best-known floating pubs. It’s particularly scenic on a clear night, but great at any time of the year – and in the summer months there is often the added bonus of a barbecue.