Mayor of London Sadiq Khan visited Waterloo Station on Friday morning to mark the launch of Night Tube services on the Jubilee line and announce the introduction of overnight Northern line services next month.
The Mayor was joined by representatives of the South Bank's businesses and cultural venues to celebrate the first
Night Tube services will run on the Jubilee line on Fridays and Saturdays from this weekend.
Mr Khan has confirmed that the Charing Cross branch of the Northern line – which serves Waterloo – will also be on the Night Tube map from Friday 18 November.
"There was a real buzz from when we launched the first Night Tube services in August, and I am delighted that the Jubilee line services are now up and running," said the Mayor.
"Hundreds of thousands of Londoners have already benefited, and it's great news that so many more will now be able to enjoy our world-class cultural venues on the South Bank, as well as venues such as The O2 and Wembley Stadium, without needing to make that late dash for the last Tube.
"Being from Tooting, I'm also really looking forward to the start of services on the Northern line next month."
Nic Durston, chief executive of South Bank BID and the South Bank Employers' Group, said: "The opening of the Jubilee line extension was a galvanising force in the transformation and regeneration of South Bank, and helped to enhance its position as London's cultural heart. The Night Tube will bring further opportunities for Londoners and visitors to enjoy this unique neighbourhood."
The BFI's Richard Shaw said: "The BFI is thrilled to see the opening of the Night Tube on the Jubilee line. People coming to our Riverfront Lates, live music and DJ nights at BFI Southbank, or the All-nighter events or midnight screenings at BFI IMAX, can enjoy themselves even more knowing they can hop on the tube at Waterloo for a quicker and easier journey home."
Southbank Centre CEO Alan Bishop added: "Safer and easier travel for London's residents and visitors will allow more people to experience the amazing variety of art, theatre and performance on offer here and see the South Bank quarter go from strength to strength."
Liz Fosbury, chief operating officer at the National Theatre, said: "We welcome the move which will hugely benefit our audiences, staff and London's night-time economy."