Night Czar Amy Lamé has been in the role for one year

Building a 24-hour London

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, appointed Amy Lamé as the UK's first ever Night Czar in November 2016. He also set up a Night Time Commission to make sure London thrives at night as well as during the day. See his Vision for London as a 24-Hour City.

London is the biggest city in the world to appoint a Night Czar, and Amy’s appointment comes after the hugely successful creation of night-time mayors in other cities across the globe from Amsterdam and Berlin, to San Francisco.

Amy Lamé, Night Czar, says:

I have loads of ideas of what I can do for revellers, night-time workers, businesses and stakeholders. For too long, the capital’s night-time industry has been under pressure - music venues and nightclubs in particular are closing at an alarming rate.  

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 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.

Amy's most recent Night Surgery was on Monday 18 June, at the Ace Cafe in Stonebridge Park, Brent. The Night Surgery was run in partnership with the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG). Amy heard from delivery drivers and other motorcyclists about the challenges they face in London. They estimate there to be around 20,000 delivery drivers in the capital and many are on low pay and work in the evening and at night. Many drivers are worried about the increasing costs of running their motorcycle as well as the risk of being attacked and having their motorcycle stolen. The Met, TfL, boroughs and the industry are doing good work to address these problems and there has been a decrease in moped enabled crime. However, it is clear that more can be done to protect this vulnerable night time workforce.

Read about one of Amy's previous surgeries.

Previous Night Surgeries:
  • 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

What are the Night Czar and Night Time Commission's remits?

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. London’s night-time culture and leisure economy creates £26.3 billion every year and supports 1 in 8 of the city’s jobs. But there is much more to London at night.

Nearly one-third of London's workforce - that's 5.3 million people - 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.

New 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.