London’s Night Tube drove a 14% lift in footfall on London’s Oxford Street on its opening weekend as shoppers opted to stay out late.
More than 100,000 passengers travelled on Tubes that ran throughout the night on the London Underground for the first time last Friday and Saturday.
New West End Company managing director of trading environment Steven Medway said it was a “stellar start” for the Night Tube across “two historic nights”.
He said: “With about 6,500 people tapping in at Oxford Circus on Friday night alone, and a 14% uplift in footfall on Saturday night on Oxford Street, the service looks set to contribute to a vibrant 24-hour economy for London’s West End.”
He added that the newly extended operating hours will allow more people to “experience and enjoy the diversity of the West End beyond its world-class retail offering, from entertainment and leisure to food and beverage”.
In a bid to capitalise on the new Night Tube, Tesco unveiled plans last week to extend opening hours at a clutch of its London stores.
The grocer is piloting round-the-clock opening at seven more stores in the capital at weekends and has installed ’hydration stations’ to “increase convenience” for late-night and early morning travellers.
Research from global data management firm CACI found that tourist-heavy Leicester Square is set to be the number one spot for a potential boost to the night-time economy as a result of the extended Underground service.