London Mayor Sadiq Khan has named comedian, broadcaster, DJ and promoter Amy Lamé as the new night czar of London, tasked with protecting and boosting the capital’s night-time economy.
Amy Lamé co-founded the award-winning performance collective Duckie, which she hosts every Saturday at London’s iconic Royal Vauxhall Tavern.
Ms Lamé said: “It’s a privilege to be London’s first night czar. 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.”
Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “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.”