Policy Forum for London

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

July 2017

This conference explored the future for London’s night-time economy.

Discussion brought 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 was timed as the London Night Czar, Amy Lamé, developed a vision for London as a 24-hour city, in conjunction with the Night Time Commission - and was  informed by the review of the London Plan, and the development of Night-Time Economy Supplementary Planning Guidance. 

The seminar also followed 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 and if its use is found to be lawful and effective in Scotland.

Overall, areas for discussion included:

  • 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 brought 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.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Policy Forum for London seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates