From good night to great night – a vision for London as a 24 hour city

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London (together with Night Czar Amy Lamé and Chair of the Night-Time Commission Philip Kolvin QC) has unveiled his “vision for London as a 24 hour city” in a document entitled “From good night to great night” that can be downloaded below.

The Mayor believes that it will help to define the following ten principles for the development of London at night, that he says have been developed through conversations with businesses, the Night Time Economy Borough Champions, the police and many others.

His vision envisages that London at night will:

  1. Be a global leader.
  2. Provide vibrant opportunities for all Londoners, regardless of age, disability, gender, gender identity, race, religion, sexual orientation or means.
  3. Promote all forms of cultural, leisure, retail and service activity.
  4. Promote the safety and wellbeing of residents, workers and visitors.
  5. Promote welcoming and accessible nightlife.
  6. Promote and protect investment, activity and entrepreneurship.
  7. Promote domestic and international visits to London.
  8. Be strategically located across London to promote opportunity and minimise impact.
  9. Become a 24-hour city that supports flexible lifestyles.
  10. Take account of future global and domestic trends in leisure, migration, technology, employment and economics.

The document concludes “that developing London into a vibrant 24-hour city depends on partnership between public authorities, the private sector and communities. The future work of the Mayor, the Night Czar, the Night Time Commission and the Night Time Economy Borough Champions will continue to explore and describe how this can be achieved”.

You can keep up to date with the work of the Night Czar and the Night Time Commission here.

Update: A consultation was launched by the Mayor of London on 12 December 2017, posing the following questions:

  1. What are the strengths of London’s night time economy? In other words, what is good about London at night?
  2. What are the weaknesses of London’s night time economy? In other words, what is not good about London at night? What does it lack?
  3. What are the threats to London’s night time economy? In other words, are there issues or trends which we will have to address in the short, medium or long term?
  4. What are the opportunities for London’s night time economy? In other words, how could London improve its night time offer? What should we be looking to develop?
  5. What innovations, or ideas from other cities, would make London better at night? This might include commercial opportunities, ideas for events or marketing, initiatives to protect residents, visitors or workers, or ways to improve standards. If you have examples of good practice, we would like to know about them.
  6. In July, the Mayor published his Vision for London as a 24-Hour City. It contains ten principles for the development of London at night. What do you like or not like about the vision? Are the ten principles right? What would you add or exclude, and why?

Responses to are invited by 10am on Tuesday 20 February 2018.