Aiming to protect our precious London nightlife, mayor of London Sadiq Khan has appointed Amy Lamé, former mayor of Camden as the inagural night czar for the city. Described by Khan as 'the toughest gig in city hall', Lamé will work to promote the capital's late night-hospitality business, culture and economy.
A writer, DJ, performer and campaigner, Lamé has a history of campaigning on behalf of venues, including the Royal Vauxhall Tavern.
Revealing her first initiative in the role, Lamé has planned a series of monthly 'night surgeries', where she will speak with businesses, the public, night workers and residents to understand opinions of the city's night economy.
'For too long, the capital's night-time industry has been under pressure,' said Lamé. 'Music venues and nightclubs are closing at an alarming rate.'
'The recent closure of the world-famous nightclub Fabric and the threats facing other venues across the capital show why Amy will be a much-needed ambassador for the city after dark,' added Khan.
Her appointment has also been welcomed by the ALMR, with chief executive Kate Nicholls commenting: 'The Mayor has spoken very positively about his vision for a 24-hour city and we are pleased to see him acknowledging the importance of the capital's night-time economy.
'London is renowned as a world destination and it is important that its night-time economy is at the cutting edge, not just in terms of infrastructure, but also through a hospitality offering that promises the best for customers and a legislative environment that lets businesses thrive.'
Here's hoping for no new additions to that long list of London closures...