London at night
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London at night - an evidence base for a 24-hour city

Date published: 
08 November 2018

This evidence base report brings together a range of research and data on London at night.  It reveals that, between 6pm and 6am, the city is buzzing with social, cultural and economic activity. London is a leading global city. Visitors come from around the world to experience the culture on offer in London.  Yet we can still do more to make London at night an even better place for people to work, rest or play. 

Key points are:

  • A third of everyone working in London works at night – that is 1.6 million people.
  • Two thirds – 65 per cent – of Londoners are regularly active at night.  People do lots of different things, like personal errands, socialising, and enjoying cultural facilities.
  • Cost is the main barrier to enjoying culture and leisure activities at night.  This is the case across all income groups of Londoners. Over a third of Londoners say it is too expensive to go out at night.

GLA Opinion Research and Statistics was commissioned to conduct quantitative and qualitative research into the opinions and behaviours of Londoners at night. The data is available on the Datastore.

This research informed the final policy recommendations report  Think Night: London's Neighbourhoods from 6pm to 6am.

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