Late-night restaurants bookings in London surged 21% in August, as the night tube finally went live.

Figures from Bookatable showed the year-on-year increase in bookings after 10pm on Friday and Saturday nights.

With more Londoners looking for after dark dining options on Friday and Saturday, bookings between 9pm-11.59pm have increased by 15%, and overall Bookatable has seen a 13% uplift in restaurant bookings on these days.

Joe Steele, chief executive of Bookatable, said: “It’s encouraging to see a significant increase in the number of bookings that London restaurants are taking at 10pm, and over Friday and Saturday nights between 9-11:59pm. Despite the delayed start, the Night Tube is proving to help bolster the economy, particularly the restaurant trade, by giving consumers more accessibility to explore the diverse restaurant scene London offers.

“An increase in bookings in August this year proves that there is an appetite for late night dining in the Capital, and we’re excited by the Mayor’s plans to run more underground tube lines through the night and give more restaurants the opportunity to cater to this growing demand.”