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Night tube in London

Find out all you need to know about London's new night tube service with Time Out's guide to 24-hour travel across London. Staying out late or getting up early just got a whole lot easier

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London has finally got its long-awaited night tube service and ending the tyranny of shutters pulled over station entrances, leaving early to catch the last train or being forced to resort to pricey taxis and dodgy night buses. We’ve put together this guide to let you in on everything you need to know – plus compiled a few pointers on what nocturnal delights (everything from late-night bars in London to museum lates) you’ll be able to indulge in, safe in the knowledge there should be a tube waiting to take you home. All aboard the night train.

Which lines are running?
All of the Victoria line and Jubilee line plus most of the Central line and the Charing Cross branch of the Northern line. Piccadilly lines will begin running on December 16 with plans for parts of the Metropolitan, Circle, District and Hammersmith & City lines to join the night time service.

How often will the night tubes run?
Expect a minimum wait of eight minutes (on the Northern line) and up to 20 minutes between trains on some Central line stations. The Jubilee, Victoria and Piccadilly lines will have trains running every ten minutes.

How much will the night tube cost?
Fares will be charged at normal off-peak prices. You can use your Travelcard for journeys starting up until 4.29am the morning after the printed date. Daily capping on Oyster cards and contactless payment cards will also apply.

Okay. What now?
Take a look below at the suggestions we’ve put together and get ready to explore London in all its after-dark decadence and delightfulness.

Late-night fun on the night tube lines

Late-night bars and clubs on the Victoria line
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Late-night bars and clubs on the Victoria line

The best late-night bars, clubs, eateries and pubs within staggering distance along the nocturnal Victoria line

Late-night bars and clubs on the Central line
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Late-night bars and clubs on the Central line

We've plotted the best late-night drinking dens along the red line to ensure your night out never ends early

Late-night bars and clubs on the Northern line
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Late-night bars and clubs on the Northern line

Late night cocktail bars, clubs, secret hideaway nooks and pubs all within walking distance of stations, warm tube carriages and a quick route home

Late-night bars and clubs on the Piccadilly line
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Late-night bars and clubs on the Piccadilly line

Navy blue is the warmest colour this month, as the Piccadilly line joins the night tube

Late-night bars and clubs on the Jubilee line
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Late-night bars and clubs on the Jubilee line

All the late-night spots along the Jubilee line that are now only a tube ride from home

Late-night bars and clubs on the Overground
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Late-night bars and clubs on the Overground

Finally, those mad dashes for the last train on the ginger line are a thing of the past

Looking for late-night London culture?

Museum lates: late-night museum events in London
Museums

Museum lates: late-night museum events in London

What's not to like about checking out a new exhibition, drink in hand, often with music, talks and tours and one helluva buzzing atmosphere? 

Late-night opening hours at London museums and galleries
Museums

Late-night opening hours at London museums and galleries

Too busy to visit museums at the weekend? Most of the capital's museums have late-night opening hours, so swot up on culture after work instead.

London night tube news

There's been a surprisingly low number of crimes reported on the night tube
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There's been a surprisingly low number of crimes reported on the night tube

If you thought the night tube was going to be all rowdy drunk people causing havoc, you were wrong

16 things we learned taking the night tube for the first time
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16 things we learned taking the night tube for the first time

The night tube is dark and full of terrors

Night tube: here's everything you need to know
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Night tube: here's everything you need to know

Here's everything you need to know about the long-awaited night tube

This tube map shows all the clubs we're able to get to now the night tube has launched
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This tube map shows all the clubs we're able to get to now the night tube has launched

No more shelling out for an Uber at peak price surging time

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Comments

2 comments
Row M

Wonderful news if you live near a tube station. But, out in the windswept wilds of SE London (viz. Bromley!) being able to get to London Victoria in the middle of the night is fantastic progress, but I still can't get home . . .