The Hippodrome, Kingston

MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Question By: 
David Kurten
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Kingston has a thriving arts and culture scene. Every month there are many and varied live music events, for people of all ages, from local bands to international touring artists. These events are provided without subsidy by tax-payers. The only 1000+ capacity venue which regularly houses live music events in Kingston, The Hippodrome, is under threat from redevelopment into shops and flats.  I would ask the Mayor what representations he has made to Kingston Council to commit to retain this venue and to make his commitment to live music and concerts in Kingston clear to residents and potential developers.


Answer for The Hippodrome, Kingston

Answer for The Hippodrome, Kingston

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The arts and culture sector is a crucial part of London's economy and identity, contributing £42bn a year and accounting for one in six jobs in the capital.

I have a number of initiatives to protect London's music venues and support the capital's night time economy and culture. I recently published my vision for London as a 24-hour global city and draft Night Time Economy and Culture Supplementary Planning Guidance, which has a dedicated chapter on guidance to protect pubs and music venues. Amy Lamé, my Night Czar, hosted a Night Surgery in Kingston in February. She visited the Hippodrome, where she met its manager, and also met with the Leader of the Council.

My Culture and Creative Industries Team are in contact with officers at the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames regarding The Hippodrome.