London politics has a new kid on the block today after writer and performer Amy Lamé was appointed the city’s first ever Night Czar.
Amy, the American-born former Mayoress of Camden, will promote London’s night economy (such as nightclubs and other venues) and work with the police and TfL to ensure schemes like the Night Tube do well.
Her last big project was fighting to protect the future of the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, an LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) pub.
Her other achievements include hosting Olivier-award winning performance group Duckie and serving as a presenter on BBC London for 10 years.
There were hundreds of applicants for the role.
“It’s a privilege to be London’s very first Night Czar,” Amy said.
“I can’t wait to hit the streets and 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.
“With the advent of the Night Tube, and the Mayor’s commitment to protect iconic venues across the city, I’m confident that I can inspire a positive change in the way people think about the night time economy.
“I look forward to bringing together local authorities, the police, Transport for London and many other people from across the night time industries to transform London into a truly 24-hour city.”
Sadiq Khan added: “I’m absolutely delighted to announce the appointment of London’s first-ever Night Czar. 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.