Cultural Infrastructure Plan

London’s Cultural Infrastructure Plan is a game-changer. For the first time it sets out what we need to do to protect and grow our cultural facilities. 

London is a city recognised as the global capital for arts and culture. Our theatres, music venues, museums and galleries are renowned across the world. Our creative industries are vital to London’s success and the recording studios, rehearsal spaces, artists' workspaces are the engine room that is responsible for generating £52 billion per year. 

However, there has been a worrying decline in London’s cultural spaces, with the numbers of LGBT+ venues and grassroots music venues stabilising in the last year following a decade of decline. 

The plan is accompanied by a new Cultural InfrastructureToolbox and a Cultural Infrastructure Map, designed to support the delivery of it. 

The Mayor's Cultural Infrastructure Plan

The plan

The Cultural Infrastructure Plan is a seven-point action plan. Using a combination of policy, funding, research and other tools the Mayor will work to deliver these actions, and will work with and support others to do so.

The actions include:

  1. Understanding where London’s cultural infrastructure is located
  2. Planning for and creating new cultural infrastructure
  3. Providing major infrastructure for a world class city
  4. Supporting culture at risk 
  5. Increasing investment
  6. Creating policy to enable culture and the creative industries to put down roots
  7. Providing training, networking and guidance

London’s cultural infrastructure

  • 9
    scheduled monuments
    in Croydon, the highest outside central London
  • 21
    LGBT+ night-time venues
    in Westminster, the most in the capital
  • 41
    artist workspaces
    in Hackney, more than any other borough
  • 17
    libraries
    in Enfield, open to all residents and visitors

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