100,000 people boarded a Night Tube train on the 18th and 19th August, marking a successful start to the service’s opening weekend.
The Night Tube, which sees London Underground services running through Friday and Saturday nights on the Central and Victoria lines (soon to be expanded to the Northern and Jubilee lines), has been widely predicted to give London’s night-time economy a shot in the arm.
100,000 people boarded a Night Tube train on August 18th & 19th
With restaurants, a major player in the city’s late economy, the first signs of that much-debated boost are starting to appear. During evenings, revellers now have longer to stay out before their transport is cut off, they have more time to spend, and restaurants are eager for their share of the sales.
The New West End Company, which provides marketing and management services to London’s iconic West End leisure and retail district, reported a 7% year-on-year rise in footfall, with a 14% rise in Saturday night visitors to Oxford Street.
Elsewhere, Maxwell’s Restaurants Group cited the Night Tube as a leading factor in their decision to invest £1m in late-night venues. The group, which currently operates 11 restaurants and bars is now set to open two more next year. One of these new ventures will be Tropicana Beach Club. The hedonistic beach-concept is expected to open in October of this year.
Sales Manager Anthony Knight has seen the benefits of the Night Tube directly. “Takings in the last two hours [of the weekend of the 20th August] were the highest they’ve been for the past two years,” he told the FT.
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