Night Time Commission

Rewrite the night: the future of London's night time economy

Date published: 
28 February 2018

London’s night-time economy (NTE) is evolving. Bars, clubs and pubs have long been at the centre of night-time activity but over the past decade, the capital’s NTE has changed.

The NTE could be developed further in terms of job creation, the range of cultural activity and the numbers and diversity of people enjoying nights out in the capital. London’s NTE extends far beyond entertainment and leisure activities, and includes many everyday jobs undertaken by cleaners, drivers, security and health personnel.

Developing the NTE will require a longer-term outlook from the Mayor and he will need to work with night time workers, residents and businesses, to ensure it is open and accessible to all.

Night time economy report

Key facts

  • 11,000 pubs, bars, restaurants and nightclubs employ more than 200,000 people and contribute around £5 bn to London’s economy each year
  • analysis by London First anticipates that an extra £2bn a year could be added to the NTE as the city’s 24-hour economy matures
  • Night Tube services could create more than 2,000 new jobs and generate a further £77m per year for London’s economy by 2029
  • the number of night time workers in London has increased with 109,140 new night-time jobs created between 2004 and 2016


  • the Mayor should research what proportion of night workers receive the London Living Wage and set out steps to ensure night time economy employers pay the London Living Wage
  • the Night Time Commission should bring the industry together to encourage a gold standard in venue management
  • the Mayor should require boroughs to consider the need for dedicated space to showcase the work of artists and musicians in Supplementary Planning Guidance
  • the Mayor should work with boroughs to develop good practice guidance on supporting and consulting local residents in developing the night time economy
  • the Mayor should support museums and galleries, particularly in outer London, to extend their opening hours and to ensure events are well promoted across the capital  

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