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East London venues praise 24-hour night tube service

Leading venues say overnight services are a 'game changer' and helping to boost London's global reputation

Pictured: Steve Sayer, commercial director at the O2, and Hasham Soliman, general manager at InterContinental London - The O2

East London venues say the introduction of the night tube has been a 'game changer'.

The O2 and InterContinental London - The O2 say the 24-hour service has opened up a "host of  new opportunities", benefiting both visitors and staff while also playing into London's reputation as a global hub.

The Victoria and Circle lines became 24-hour on Friday and Saturday nights in August while the Jubilee line followed on 7 October. The Northern line will be next on 18 November with the Piccadilly line coming later in the year, while Transport for London says additional services could operate on parts of the London Overground in 2017 and the Docklands Light Railway by 2021.

Steve Sayer, commercial director at the O2, said: "Extending the night tube to the Jubilee line has been a game changer for us and the city's other key venues on the route. It plays a vital role in opening up London's night-time economy and our venues to a host of new opportunities.

"The launch of the night tube means visitors and corporate guests are afforded even more flexibility to enjoy our campus-wide offer well into the night and still be able to travel home with ease - the night tube is expected to help cut night-time journeys by an average of 20 minutes, with some cut by more than an hour. And this will not just benefit our customers. It will also support the teams that work at The O2, enhancing their options when it comes to getting home once their working day is finished.

"Looking at it from a wider perspective, it will also help boost London’s status as a vibrant and compelling place to live, work and visit, with a host of new opportunities now within reach. The need to remain globally competitive is more important than ever post-Brexit."

InterContinental London - The O2 general manager Hasham Soliman said the night tube made travel for guests "that bit easier".

"With one of the largest ballrooms in London, the InterContinental London – The O2 is fast becoming a magnet for gala dinners, award-ceremonies and celebrations that go on into the night, so the fact that our guests now have more travel options when leaving the hotel past midnight makes us all the more attractive," he said.

"We’re a 24/7 business and London is a 24-hour city that warrants fast, efficient and cost-effective travel options for visitors to the capital – so whilst it’s early days, we are confident of its positive impact and applaud the decision to extend the already excellent tube services across London."

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