Night Czar

Amy Lamé was appointed Night Czar by the Mayor in 2016, and was tasked with ensuring London thrives as a 24-hour city. Amy's role involves championing London’s nightlife both in the UK and internationally, including safeguarding venues across the city. This vital work is driven by working in partnership with the night time industries, local authorities, the Metropolitan Police, Transport for London and the public.

Amy is Chair of the Night Time Borough Champions Network. This network ensures close links between the Mayor of London, the Night Czar, the London Night Time Commission and London's 33 local authorities. The champions share good practice, advise on the creation of new night time initiatives and support the development of local night time visions.

The Night Czar will put the Mayor’s Vision for London as a 24-hour city into action. She has helped to protect dozens of venues around the city, using her convening powers to bring together business owners, developers, police, residents, community groups, local authorities and customers to reach positive outcomes. She has also published an LGBT+ Venues Charter with the Mayor to encourage new LGBT+ venues to open in the city.

Night Surgeries

Amy's Night Surgeries allow her to hear directly from Londoners about their experience of the capital at night. Night Surgeries include organised visits to meet resident and community groups, businesses, councillors, night time workers and volunteers. They also involve being on the street and on public transport where Amy can talk to members of the public, visitors and local residents to understand their views on London at night.

Night Czar in conversation

Up coming night surgeries: Lewisham, June 2019

Read about one of Amy's previous surgeries.

Previous Night Surgeries:

  • Gants Hill, Redbridge, 28 November 2018
  • UK Power Networks, Westminster, 25 September 2018
  • Motorcycle Action Group at the Ace Cafe, Brent, 18 June 2018
  • Bee Midtown Business Improvement District Night Surgery, 23 May 2018
  • Havering Night Surgery, 23 February 2018
  • London Overground Night Surgery, 15 December 2017
  • Wimbledon Night Surgery, 1 December 2017
  • Southwark Night Surgery, 24 November 2017
  • Security Industry Association (SIA) Night Surgery, 12 October 2017
  • Waltham Forest Night Surgery, 10 March 2017
  • Hackney Night Surgery, 10 March 2017
  • Croydon Night Surgery, 9 February 2017
  • Kingston Upon Thames Night Surgery, 3 February 2017
  • Piccadilly Line Night Surgery, 16 December 2016

Women's Night Safety Charter

A priority for the Night Czar is the safety of women at night. In July 2018, along with the Deputy Mayor for Police and Crime, Amy announced the first signatories to the Women’s Night Safety Charter.

The charter is the first of its kind covering the entire capital. It has seven pledges which the Night Czar is calling on organisations to across London to sign up to. The charter sets out guidance for venues, operators, charities, councils and businesses to improve safety at night for women. This includes better training of staff, encouraging the reporting of harassment, and ensuring public spaces are safe. 

Get in touch to find out how you can support the charter.

The Mayor's 24-hour programme

Mayor Sadiq Khan wants to make London a 24-hour city that’s open to all. That's why the 24 Hour London programme has been created - to help London plan for the night (6pm to 6am), in the same way it plans for the day.

Our restaurants, theatres, cinemas, music venues, clubs and bars are world famous and a huge attraction for everyone who lives or works here. They also attract millions of international visitors each year and are growing faster than the wider economy. But there is much more to London at night.

1.6 million people - that's one-third of London’s workforce - usually work in the evening or at night. Transport, freight, restaurants, hotels and cultural organisations have a high percentage of evening and night time workers. But the biggest number of evening and night workers are in professions such as health, social care, law, accountancy and advertising.

People are living much more flexible lives. Working hours are changing and younger people especially want to be able to shop, post a parcel, have a haircut or see their doctor at different times.

Night Tube

24-hour Night Tube services are opening up new opportunities for Londoners and will create around 2,000 permanent jobs and boost the city’s economy by £360 million.

Working with London's borough, businesses and residents, the Mayor wants London to be one of the world's best cities to work, rest or play in at night.

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