Policy Forum for London

Priorities for developing London’s night-time economy - planning, licensing and managing growth

Morning, Tuesday, 27th June 2017

Central London


This conference will explore the future for London’s night time economy.

Discussion will bring out latest thinking on supporting growth and productivity in the night-time industries, as well as managing impact on public services, businesses and residents.

The discussion is timed as the London Night Czar, Amy Lamé, develops a vision for London as a 24-hour city, in conjunction with the Night Time Commission - and will be informed by the review of the London Plan, and the development of Night-Time Economy Supplementary Planning Guidance, expected to be published in the summer.

The seminar also follows the final report of the House of Lords Select Committee on the Licensing Act 2003, which called for the abolition of local authority licensing committees, as well as the use of minimum unit pricing for alcohol across the UK, if its use is found to be lawful and effective in Scotland.

Overall, areas for discussion include:

  • The future growth of London’s night-time economy - setting out a vision for London;
  • Planning, licensing and challenges for ensuring town centres flourish within the Capital;
  • The impact of the Licensing Act 2003 on night-time economies in the UK;
  • A city case study on licensing, reputation, and reducing disruption; and
  • Supporting the night-time industries in London: infrastructure, access to culture and opportunities to increase revenue.

This conference will bring together Members of the Greater London Authority and senior officials from government agencies, Assembly Members, Westminster Parliamentarians, senior central government officials and other policymakers with academics, local authorities, transport, police and emergency services, business associations, cultural partners, tourism representatives, consultants, and resident groups, specialist academics and charities, and reporters from the national and trade press.

Guests of Honour

Amy Lamé

Night Czar, Greater London Authority

Frédéric Hocquard

Deputy Advisor to the First Deputy Mayor, City of Paris

Guests of Honour

Amy Lamé

Night Czar, Greater London Authority

Frédéric Hocquard

Deputy Advisor to the First Deputy Mayor, City of Paris

Keynote Speaker

Baroness McIntosh of Pickering

Chair, Select Committee on the Licensing Act 2003


Lord Lee of Trafford

Chairman, Association of Leading Visitor Attractions

Caroline Russell AM

Chair, Economy Committee, London Assembly


Harriet Townsend

Barrister, Cornerstone Barristers

Suzanne Johnson

Head of Area Regeneration, Tottenham Regeneration Programme, Haringey Council

Kate Nicholls

Chief Executive, The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers

Neil Thurlow

Community Safety Manager, Merton Council

Lisa Lavia

Managing Director, Noise Abatement Society

Ellie Evans

Partner, Volterra Partners

Marcus Davey

Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Roundhouse

Julie Chappell

Chief Digital Officer, London & Partners

Ros Morgan

Chief Executive, Heart of London Business Alliance