Night Czar Amy Lamé samples Kingston’s perfect mix
Kingston revellers may have witnessed a familiar face this weekend - Amy Lamé, London’s first Night Czar, was in town to sample Kingston's diverse night time offer.
During her visit, Amy was accompanied on a late night walkabout of the town centre by Kingston Council Leader, Councillor Kevin Davis, Councillor Andrea Craig, Portfolio Holder for Cultural Services, Chief Executive, Charlie Adan, Kirsten Henly, Chief Executive of Kingtonfirst, and a select group of stakeholders, including representatives from Kingston Police.
On her whistle stop tour of the borough, she walked along the riverside and visited some popular entertainment venues whilst stopping to talk to residents, night time workers, licensees, staff and night pastors.
Amy has been appointed by the Mayor of London to work with the London Music Board and develop plans to turn London into a truly 24 hour city. In her first initiative as Night Czar, she is holding a series of monthly ‘night surgeries’, where she visits different locations across the capital speaking directly to businesses, night time workers, members of the public and residents to get an understanding of Londoners’ views of the night time economy.
Her remit of work includes understanding the local context, successes and challenges of developing and managing a vibrant night time economy. Amy said:
“It was great to hear that Kingston is already doing night time surgeries on a local level and I was really interested to hear about and see some of the great work that has been going on in the borough. Kingston is a wonderful place with a vibrant nightlife and a big student community. I was impressed with the ‘tea and toast room’ at one of the club venues we visited and it was lovely meeting the night pastors and the valuable work they do. I’ll definitely be visiting again!”
Kingston Council's Leader, Councillor Kevin Davis, said:
“We were grateful for the opportunity to showcase some of what Kingston has to offer. Although we are one of the most historic London borough’s, we have a very busy night life that is growing, of which our nightclubs are a part of.”
“Amy’s visit was timely as we are currently exploring with the GLA opportunities to support the borough's cultural offer including development of Creative Enterprise Zones and Kingston’s potential to become the Mayor's London Borough of Culture.
“We want to continue to attract and support new businesses to enhance our diverse night time economy and welcome the Mayor’s focus to develop town centre economies outside of London.”
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