London’s long-awaited night tube has finally opened to resounding cheers from the city’s party animals. But what about those of us catching the last train as an excuse to go home and slip into Netflix-induced comas?
The Underground’s managing director says the 24-hour service on Fridays and Saturdays on the Victoria and Central lines (and soon to be Jubilee) is 'not just for revellers'. So if you aren't the revelling kind, here are three things you can do with the help of the night tube.
1. Have a post-midnight feast
The breakfast/lunch/dinner model of eating has served us well, but with the night tube we can change all that. Save your appetite all day and gorge through the night at one of London’s many late-night restaurants. For a fancier night-time dining experience, hit up Duck and Waffle. And we do mean up, because it’s on the fortieth floor of the Heron Tower. The portions may be small but the views are huge.
2. Hit the gym
In this city of never-ending commutes, finding the time to work out is just as strenuous as lifting weights. Thankfully for those who wished they had more time to grow guns so big the NRA would be jealous, the night tube gives you 12 more hours on Friday for a post-work workout. Pure Gym or The Gym Group will have you pumping the midnight iron in no time.
3. Catch a movie marathon
If you’re not in the gym training for an actual marathon, you might be more interested in a more sedentary but no less emotional movie marathon. Thanks to the night tube, you can arrive or leave an all-night movie marathon at any time and get the train home, meaning you don’t have to stick around for the prequels at a Star Wars marathon.
The BFI Imax recently hosted an all-Dark Knight-er screening of the Batman movies and the Prince Charles Cinema regularly hosts all-night film marathons. Its next one covers the works of Wes Anderson.