Who is Amy Lamé? All you need to know about Sadiq Khan's first night czar

 
Rebecca Smith
Lamé beat hundreds of other applicants to the role
Lamé beat hundreds of other applicants to the role

The job advert caused a stir when it went up.

An exciting proposition: Could you be the one to turn London into a true 24-hour city?

Well, Sadiq Khan thinks Amy Lamé is the woman to do it.

She'll work 2.5 days a week for £35,000. Not bad. The advert for the position said Khan was after someone who could show "proven leadership ability, public profile and convening power, plus a thorough understanding of the night time economy and the ability to work in a political environment".

As for specific duties, creating a vision for London as a 24-hour city is a must and creating a road map of how that'll be realised.

So just who is Amy Lamé?

  • She's originally from New Jersey, arriving in the capital in 1992 where her first job was in a late night café-bar in Soho

  • She has significant experience of the nighttime economy (as you'd hope), having built her career in the industry over the past two decades

  • Lamé co-founded and hosted Olivier award-winning art company and club night Duckie

  • She also co-founded HomoLab, a weekly queer cultural and current affairs podcast

  • She co-founded and chairs RVT Future, a voluntary LGBT+ group which was set up to preserve the Royal Vauxhall Tavern after it was threatened with closure last year
  • She's also a writer, TV and radio presenter: co-presenting alongside Danny Baker for a decade on BBC London 94.9 show

  • She DJs at clubs across the capital

  • From 2010-2011 Lamé was Mayoress of Camden, promoting the Borough's range of live music venues and nightclubs, as well as working with the local authority

  • Her first initiative as the night czar will be planning a series of monthly night surgeries, where she'll be out and about in the evening, canvassing views to get a wide-ranging perspective on what Londoners already think of the nighttime economy

  • She's also had the time to pen a book among all that, which she describes as the first LGBT+ history book for children, out in June next year

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Lamé said:

It’s a privilege to be London’s very 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.

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