Night Czar

MQT on 2017-01-18
Session date: 
January 18, 2017
Question By: 
David Kurten
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How are the night czar's late night tube journeys, armed with a clipboard and questionnaire, bringing real benefits to London's night-time economy?


Answer for Night Czar

Answer for Night Czar

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In November, I appointed Amy Lamé as the UK's first ever Night Czar. She will build on initiatives like the Night Tube to diversify and grow London's night time economy which is worth £26.3bn and supports 1 in 8 jobs in London. I have tasked the Night Czar along with the Chair of my Night Time Commission, Philip Kolvin QC, with developing a vision for London as a 24-hour global capital.

The Night Czar will run Night Surgeries in a number of London boroughs over the coming months. The surgeries will gather the views of Londoners who have a stake in the night time economy, from residents, night time workers, police, revellers and visitors who will contribute towards developing London's 24h vision.

The first Night Surgery took place along the Piccadilly Line as part of the launch of its 24 hour service on 16 December 2016. At the surgery, the Night Czar met a range of stakeholders from the night time economy including: senior members of the British Transport Police; Councillors from the London Boroughs of Islington in Camden; staff and artists at the Green Room Artists' Hotel in Wood Green; staff, volunteers and audience members at the Park Theatre in Finsbury Park; academics, students and night staff at the School of Oriental and African Studies library; night time workers at cinemas, clubs, restaurants and retailers in the West End and representatives of the Business Improvement District; members of staff from London Underground and airport night workers at Heathrow.

Feedback from the Night Surgeries will contribute to the vision for London as a 24 hour city.