Transport for London announced today that the Tube will run a 24-hour service at weekends from September 2015.
Passengers will be able to take the so-called “Night Tube” on some lines on Fridays and Saturdays, from September 12 next year.
There will be between six and eight trains per hour through central London on the Jubilee, Victoria and most of the Piccadilly, Central and Northern lines, TfL said.
For EastLondonLines’ boroughs this will only directly affect Hackney and Tower Hamlets stations: Canary Wharf, Canada Water, Shoreditch, Bethnal Green, Mile End and Old Street.
However, it will provide access to connecting Overground and DLR services, which cover Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Lewisham and Croydon.
London Mayor Boris Johnson said: “London is a bustling, 24-hour global city and by this time next year we’ll have a 24-hour Tube service to match.
“As well as creating vital new jobs and giving a huge boost to our economy, the Night Tube will help millions of people to get around our city more easily and quickly.”
However, National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers’ general secretary, Mick Cash, expressed concerns with the announcement coinciding with staff cuts: “This proposal is now being bulldozed through without any proper risk assessment or agreement on core issues.
“To make this plan work we need more tube staff not less if we are not going to be risking disaster at three o’clock in the morning when the West End is flooded with thousands of people fresh out of the pubs and clubs.
“As it stands at the moment the night tube plans are not properly thought through and are a disaster waiting to happen.”