To mark the pending launch of a 24 hour service on London’s tube at weekends – from 12 September to be precise – there’s a new exhibition of photography at Westminster tube station called ‘Free The Night’.
Launched in partnership with the Annin Arts Gallery, the photos capture late night activity on the tube network and beyond, including a vibrant image of a platform assistant taken by portrait and fashion photographer Rankin, Chalkie Davies’ 1979 portrait of Bruce Springsteen outside Hammersmith Oden and 1920s ballroom dancers captured by Sir Cecil Beaton.
Asked about ‘Free The Night’ George Annin, Director of the Annin Arts Gallery, said that “A 24 hour tube is a prioud momdent for London, reflecting our first steps to truly becoming a 24 hour city. Bringing together some of the most influential photographers of the last century to exhibit within Westminster station isa great way to celebrate this”.
The photographs that make up the exhibition are nestled in the alcoves that form the walls of the shaft that connects the Jubilee line to the ticket hall above, so to see them all you have to do is to take a leisurely glide up or down the escalators and keep your eyes peeled as the photographs slide into and out of view…
‘Free The Night’ will be on show until 12 April, and is just the first of a series of events on the tube in the run up to September – there are more details on this TfL teaser page.
Fun facts about the night tube:
- The service will operate on central sections of the Northern, Piccadilly, Central, Victoria and Jubilee lines
- It will provide an estimated economic boost for London of £360m
- It will secure around 2,000 permanent jobs
- Eight trains per hour will service the busy section between Leicester Square and Camden Town