The days of leaving early to catch the last tube, or missing it and snaking home through London on three night buses are a thing of the past! Today the tube will start to run 24 hours a day: on Fridays and Saturdays, underground trains will run every 10-20 minutes on the Central and Victoria lines. Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines will go 24 hour in the autumn.
It’s a great opportunity to get out and about, see more of London exciting night time attractions, and not have to worry about a complicated journey home. Here are some of the best things you might want to check out in London at night.
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Truly immersive cinema. These events are feats of creativity and immersion, and if you want an example, for the screening of Star Wars a rebel base and the Death Star were re-created in urban spaces, all attendees in Star Wars outfits, and staff dressed as members of the Rebel Alliance. They’re loads of fun, and with the night tube now you can enjoy an amusing ride home surrounded by fellow costumed enthusiasts.
Theatre & Performance
From West End musicals to ballet, the Royal Albert Hall to the Royal Opera House or the Regents Park Open Air Theatre, London is a world class destination for theatre no matter what you’re into. Now with the night tube, you don’t need to worry about leaving early to beat the crowds and make it to your last tube home! You can even pick up another ice-cream, stop by a late night bar, and saunter to the tube in tranquillity.
(Photo by by David Jensen)
Bars in Soho and Shoreditch
London is full of great bars, and full of great districts full of great bars, each with its own distinct character, energy and clientele. Two of the best known would be Soho and Shoreditch.
Very roughly, Shoreditch is more edgy and creative, getting more so into Dalston and Clapton, Soho is a bit more luxurious, but still creative and boutique – both have all kinds of connections to creative legends, from Bowie and Hendrix recording at Tin Pan Alley studios in Soho, to Damien Hirst, Alexander McQueen and Tracey Emin living and working in Shoreditch in the 1990s.
In both you’ll find creative, interesting bars, creative, interesting people, and they’re both lots of fun to explore. You can also stay as late as you like now and take the night tube home.
(Photo by Kiril Stax on Flickr)
Museum and gallery lates
Museums and galleries are fantastic, even more so in London because nearly all of the biggest ones are free, and even more so by night, when they have an irresistible atmosphere, a more sociable atmosphere, and in many cases alcohol for sale. Be sure to head to some of the big museums’ late night openings.
The British Museum opens until 8:30pm on Friday nights and hosts lectures, debates, performances and film screenings, while the Tate Modern stays open til 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays, letting you peruse art into the night, and then grab a late meal at their restaurant. Loads of the other museums in London also have late opening days, so be sure to check them out.