From west to east and north to south, Transport for London's Night Tube service runs on five Tube lines and part of the London Overground network late 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 picks of what to do around popular Night Tube stations – from street food night markets and film screenings to pub walks and live music performances.
- Be mesmerised by Walthamstow’s neon-tastic Gods Own Junkyard, an Instagram-worthy attraction featuring wall-to-wall lights and signs.
- Try more than 80 unique and unusual gins at Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace, including its house Old Tom Gin.
- 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 every night of the week).
- Try dishes cooked from a rotating lineup of chefs at vegetarian and vegan-focused community eatery, Bonnington Café.
- Feast on bacalhau (cod), feijoada (stew) and other traditional dishes at one of Stockwell’s many Portuguese restaurants, such as O Cantinho de Portugal and A Toca.
- Test your skills on hips, ledges and quarter pipes at Stockwell Skatepark, which is free and open all hours.
- Catch a gig 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 played host to the likes of Kings of Leon, Amy Winehouse and Lady Gaga.
- Dance to electro and house at Phonox nightclub or party on at late-night venue Electric Brixton.
- 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 a concert at Wembley Arena.
- 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.
- Marvel at breathtaking Hindu temple BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, also known as Neasden Temple, before it closes at 6pm. Afterwards, choose from authentic Indian vegetarian dishes at its Shayona restaurant.
- 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 nightly).
- 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.
- Enjoy 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 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.
- Explore pretty Hampstead village with London Walks on Saturdays during summer. The two-hour Hampstead Village and Heath walk takes in local landmarks, history and charming pubs.
- Don’t miss a show at the atmospheric Roundhouse. Once the venue of choice for punk and glam rock fans, the Grade II-listed building also plays host to groundbreaking theatre and some of the world’s best musicians spanning many genres.
- Laugh yourself silly with free comedy every night of the week at the Angel Comedy Club in The Camden Head pub.
- 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.
- Dance to hip-hop and R&B classics with late-night club nights at 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.
- Stroll to Primrose Hill in time for sunset or wait until after dark to see London’s skyline twinkle.
- Grab a putter at Plonk! in Camden Market, where ramps, balancing beams and other obstacles test your skills during a round of crazy golf.
- Enjoy live performances, DJ sets and late club nights at The Last Days of Disco.
- Venture upstairs at The Landor pub for a regular lineup of comedy and fringe theatre.
- Pluck up the courage for 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 wet 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 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 many shops open until 9pm.
- Experience crazy golf as never before at Puttshack, where modern technology creates fun and challenging courses.
- Step into Edwardian grandeur at historic dance hall Bush Hall, which plays host to emerging musicians, comedy and cabaret.
- Feast in the sky at Duck and Waffle, London's highest all-day restaurant and bar, open 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays on the 40th floor of Salesforce Tower.
- Reminisce as you start your evening browsing children’s toys, clothes and more at the Young V&A (last admission 4.45pm). 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 evening events of all sorts 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 bistro-style seasonal cuisine, while two Michelin-starred Da Terra showcases Latin American delights.
- Mingle with east Londoners over drinks, dinner and live DJ sets at The Leyton Technical.
- Hear not just one but up to four performances, all for free, at Luna Lounge live music bar.
- Relax among birdcages and decor inspired by film director and local hero Alfred Hitchcock at The Birds. DJs spin the decks until closing some weekends.
- Keep an eye out for performances at Redbridge Drama Centre, including dance, musicals and comedy.
- Step into another world with a choice of mind-boggling activities at The Aeronaut, including circus shows, cabaret, comedy nights and more.
- 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.
- See a play at Alexandra Palace’s theatre, which has been restored to its former grandeur after 80 years of disuse. Alexandra Palace is easily accessible from Wood Green Tube station via the W3 bus (which runs until midnight).
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 out the dancefloor, you’ll find it at LGBT+ club Dalston Superstore.
- Listen to one of 400 live annual jazz performances at the not-for-profit Vortex Jazz Club. 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 the weekly special at Three Sheets 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.
- Dalston 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 to play.
- 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”. Fridays are dedicated to drag shows and cabaret.
- Put your hands in the air to house, disco and techno sets every Friday and Saturday at Basing House.
- Slurp up a steaming bowl of pho at one of the many Vietnamese restaurants along "Pho Mile" on Kingsland Road. Pop into Sông Quê Café for traditional dishes or barbecue your own food at Viet Hoa.
- Venture into a bygone era at Wilton’s Music Hall, the oldest grand music hall in the world. Catch performances of live opera and theatre, as well as kid-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 your visit to the Brunel Museum for late afternoon 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 Väth, Nina Kraviz and Jeff Mills have spun the decks since its opening in 2017.
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