London Underground’s Night Tube will resume next month after being suspended in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Transport for London (TfL) said services on the Central and Victoria lines will run through the night on Fridays and Saturdays from Saturday, November 27.
Tens of thousands of people signed a petition calling for the Night Tube to resume to help protect women and girls.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “The reason why I was so keen to be the first mayor in London’s history to start the Night Tube in 2016 and to restart it now, after the Covid pause, is because I know how important this is to London’s thriving night-time economy, to London’s recovery and to the confidence and safety of everyone traveling home at night, particularly women and girls.
“I am determined to make our city as safe as possible for all Londoners.
“That’s why I’m delighted to see the return of the Victoria and Central Night Tube lines next month, which will make a huge difference to people traveling around our city at night and making their way home, offering them an additional safe, reliable transport option.
“I will continue to work with TfL and the Government to do everything we can to bring back the full Night Tube network as soon as possible.”
TfL said the Central and Victoria lines were previously two of the busiest lines on the Night Tube network, providing connections between “large parts of London and the center of the city.”
It went on: “Restoring night running on these lines will help businesses like bars, clubs, and restaurants as London’s night-time economy continues to recover following the pandemic.”
Jace Tyrrell, chief executive at business group New West End Company, said: “West End businesses absolutely welcome the news that the Night Tube is returning, particularly ahead of our busy festive season when many businesses have later opening hours, and we see a greater number of visitors at all hours across London.
“The safety of our customers and 150,000 colleagues is of paramount importance, and the Night Tube offers a much-missed alternative for traveling around London safely.
“We hope that the reopening of the network will give Londoners confidence to travel around the capital in a safe, low-crime environment.”