London to get 24-hour Tube trains at weekends
London's reputation as the party capital of Europe looks set to be further enhanced now that transport chiefs have announced that the Underground is to run through the night at weekends.
At present, the last Tube trains leave central London just after midnight, even on Friday and Saturday nights, with this set-up having long been a bone of contention for revellers, particularly as many other European capitals offer round-the-clock public transport.
Now, however, it's been confirmed that four lines will be running 24-hours-a-day from 2015, giving Londoners and tourists alike the chance to get home or back to their hotels as late – or as early – as they want.
Some of the stations set to benefit from non-stop trains from Friday night right through to Sunday evening include Oxford Circus, Leicester Square and Camden Town, all massively-popular destinations for tourists keen to enjoy London's nightlife.
Announcing the news, London mayor Boris Johnson said the plans will give the city a transport system fit for the 21st century.
"This will not just boost jobs and our vibrant night-time economy, it will further cement London’s reputation as the best big city on the planet in which to live, work, visit and invest," he said.
Revellers heading to London for the New Year will also be pleased to hear that the Tube will be working through the night on New Year's Eve, giving them the chance to take in the fireworks by the Thames and get back to their hotel without having to rush.
And, while there will be no Tube trains running on Christmas Day, visitors to the city are able to jump on a hire bike and explore the quieter-than-usual London streets as well as the various activities on offer on the day itself, such as tours of the Charles Dickens Museum in Bloomsbury or guided walking tours of the West End from Trafalgar Square.