From west to east, and north to south, Transport for London's Night Tube service now runs on five Tube lines and part of the London Overground network on Fridays and Saturdays, making it even easier to experience London’s exciting nightlife outside central London.
Stay out until the early hours as you soak up the capital’s diverse food, culture and music scenes, with our top Night Tube picks below – from street food night markets and film screenings to pub walks and live music performances.
- Experience London’s thriving LGBT+ culture in Vauxhall – find eclectic cabaret at historic Royal Vauxhall Tavern or dance until sunrise at Fire.
- Test your agility as you take on the rock-climbing wall at Vauxwall Climbing Centre (open until 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays).
- Try dishes cooked from a rotating lineup of locals at vegetarian and vegan-focused community eatery, Bonnington Café.
- Catch live music at one of Brixton’s live music bars, whether getting a dose of soul and blues at The Blues Kitchen or hearing something new at world music specialists Hootananny.
- Feast on street food from around the world at Pop Brixton or Brixton Village and Market Row.
- Mosh on the famous sloping floor at O2 Academy Brixton, which has hosted the likes of Kings of Leon, Amy Winehouse and Lady Gaga.
- Dance to electro and house at Phonox nightclub, or party on at all-night venue Electric Brixton.
- Enjoy all manner of exciting cultural events throughout 2020, as Brent takes over the reins as the Mayor's London Borough of Culture.
- Keep an eye out for evening concerts and sporting events at iconic Wembley Stadium, home to the England national football teams and the NFL London Games.
- Sing along to hits from your favourite music legends at SSE Arena, Wembley’s concerts
- Catch a show at 2,000-capacity Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre.
- Take your pick from vendors selling everything from kulcha to kebabs at Boxpark Wembley – look out for Friday Feelings events and Saturday club nights.
- Learn more about Jewish culture with classes, talks, film screenings and other evening events at JW3.
- Perfect your tee shot with London’s skyline as a backdrop at Greenwich Peninsula Golf Driving Range (open until 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays).
- Induce serious FOMO with a thrilling sunset climb at Up at The O2 (open until 8.30pm in summer), before refuelling at one of Greenwich Peninsula’s many restaurants and bars.
- Book a spot for world-class music, comedy and sport at The O2, or be transported into a Greek taverna with its Abba-themed immersive theatre show, Mamma Mia! The Party.
- Get competitive with table tennis at The Bat and Ball or bowling at retro-themed All Star Lanes, just two of the late-night options at Westfield Stratford City.
- Work up a sweat with an early evening session at the Lee Valley VeloPark, watch basketball or netball at the Copper Box Arena, or enjoy occasional late openings at ArcelorMittal Orbit; all within Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
- Stroll along the canal at Hackney Wick (a 25-minute walk from Stratford Tube station), where music and arts venue Number 90, intimate The Yard Theatre and boat restaurants Barge East and Alfred Le Roy await.
- Don’t miss a show at the atmospheric Roundhouse. Once the venue of choice for punk and glam rock fans, the Grade II-listed venue now hosts groundbreaking theatre and some of the world’s best musicians.
- Laugh yourself silly with free comedy every night at the Angel Comedy Club in the Camden Head and The Bill Murray pubs.
- Discover the next music superstars at one of Camden’s many grassroots music venues, such as The Dublin Castle, The Hawley Arms and The Fiddler’s Elbow.
- Twerk to hip-hop and R&B classics with late-night club nights at the Camden Assembly.
- Pick from tempting bites at Camden Market, including liquid nitrogen ice cream at Chin Chin Labs. While in the market, visit music icon Amy Winehouse’s statue.
- Be adventurous with South African specialities, from crocodile to zebra, at sprawling restaurant and nightclub Shaka Zulu.
- Take a stroll to Primrose Hill in time for sunset or wait until after dark to see London’s skyline twinkle.
- Pluck up courage to do some karaoke, or enjoy cabaret, drag shows and more at LGBT+ bar The Two Brewers until 4am on Fridays and Saturdays.
- Head to uber-cool Venn St Records for intimate gigs every day of the week.
- Enjoy drinks and nibbles in the surreal surroundings of a former public toilet at WC Wine & Charcuterie. Or go upstairs for pizza by the slice at Joe Public Pizza.
- Take a refreshing dip in Tooting Bec Lido, which is open until 8pm from May until August.
- Pick up vintage threads, tuck into street food or whet your whistle with cocktails and wines at Tooting Market.
- Prepare yourself for a chilli kick at one of Tooting’s many South Asian eateries, including Sri Lankan specialist Apollo Banana Leaf and long-running Pakistani restaurant Lahore Karahi.
- Soak up the weekend vibes at Tooting Tram & Social’s music and club nights – or visit during the week to showcase your undoubted talents during an open-mic night.
- Test comedians’ off-the-cuff jokes at the Colour House Theatre’s comedy club or see family shows and gigs.
- Give your evening a jump start with a whole hour on Oxygen Freejumping Acton’s 150 interconnected trampolines, dodging obstacles along the way (last session 7pm).
- Visit the former home of the BBC, Television Centre, which now boasts restaurants, bars and the Electric Cinema.
- Do some late-night shopping at Westfield London, with most designer outlets open until 10pm.
- Experience crazy golf as never before at Puttshack, where modern technology creates fun and challenging holes.
- Step into Edwardian grandeur at historic dance hall Bush Hall, which hosts emerging musicians, comedy and cabaret.
- Reminisce as you start your evening browsing children’s toys, clothes and more at the Young V&A (last admission 5.30pm). Check its listings for occasional evening lates, ranging from kids' sleepovers to pop-up opera.
- Let the good times roll at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club. You’ll find everything here, from the surprising to the bizarre, including cabaret and themed club nights at weekends.
- Discover top-notch dishes at the Town Hall Hotel: the laid-back Corner Room features French-inspired seasonal cuisine, while Michelin-starred Da Terra showcases Latin American delights.
- Mingle with east Londoners over drinks, dinner and live DJ sets at The Leyton Technical.
- Keep an eye out for performances from Redbridge Drama Centre's resident Youth Theatre, or see dance, musicals and comedy.
- Step into another world with a choice of mindboggling virtual reality games at The Aeronaut – this fun-loving pub also hosts weekend circus shows and cabaret.
- Enjoy contemporary theatre from up-and-coming talent at Lyric Hammersmith.
- Take in the riverside views from one of Hammersmith’s pubs, including the Old Ship, the Blue Anchor and The Dove, which is home to London’s smallest bar.
- Follow in the footsteps of legends such as Bob Marley, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones with a live gig at art deco Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith.
- Grab a putter at Plonk! at The Victoria Tavern, where ramps, pinball machines and other obstacles test your skills during a round of crazy golf.
- See a play at Alexandra Palace’s theatre, which has been restored to its former grandeur after 80 years of disuse – it’s easily accessible from Wood Green Tube station via the W3 bus (which runs all night on Saturdays).
Highbury & Islington
- See established and emerging acts at picture-pretty Union Chapel, a Grade I-listed architectural gem in Islington.
- House, funk, techno, cheesy tunes: whatever gets you up on the dancefloor, you’ll find it at LGBT+ club Dalston Superstore.
- Join one of 400 live annual jazz performances at not-for-profit music club, Vortex. This intimate space is a great place to see emerging talent without breaking the bank.
- Want to know where leading artists eat? You could easily be hobnobbing with tweed-clad creatives Gilbert and George, who are regulars of low-key Turkish restaurant Mangal 2.
- Be amazed by unexpected flavour combinations at Dalston’s boundary-pushing cocktail bars. Sip on Three Sheets’ weekly specials, or visit Untitled for creations by star mixologist Tony Conigliaro.
- Catch a film at art deco gem Rio Cinema, which supports independent filmmakers and remains London’s oldest community-run cinema.
- Haggerston may not be on the Monopoly board but that doesn’t bother board game bar Draughts. Pick from more than 800 new and old-school games.
- Let your hair down at The Glory. This LGBT+ pub may look understated from the outside, but the team describes its Saturday club nights as “notoriously raucous”; while Fridays are dedicated to drag shows and cabaret.
- Venture into a bygone era at Wilton’s Music Hall, which claims to be the oldest grand music hall in the world. Today, find live opera and theatre, as well as child-friendly puppetry and magic.
- Take in the panoramic vistas from rooftop bar Skylight at Tobacco Dock. Visit in summer for croquet, pétanque and street food, or in winter for ice skating, igloos and raclette.
- Cosy up at historic pub The Mayflower, named after the first English pilgrims’ ship that departed in 1620. You’ll see the original mooring point from its jetty.
- Time a late-afternoon visit to the Brunel Museum to coincide with one of its evening events, including the Midnight Apothecary campfire cocktail experience, film screenings and concerts.
- Rave to all-day weekend sets lasting until 11pm in 6,000-capacity Printworks London. Sven Vath, Nina Kraviz and Jeff Mills have spun the decks since its opening in 2017.