The City of London is officially recruiting for a new position – ‘Night Czar.’
The job listing on the government’s official website seeks someone who will develop and diversify London’s night time economy, and who “will champion the value of London’s night time culture.”
The job listing comes in conjunction with the recent opening of the Night Tube; London’s extension of tube times to account for the early hours of the morning, giving many lines a 24-hour services. Geography applicants should consider the ways that subway or sub-terranean transit systems reflect different cultures, and what a 24-hour service will mean for the culture of London.
The trajectory of London’s nightlife is certainly not promising. The number of nightclubs in the UK has decreased from 3,144 to 1,733 over the past decade, largely as a result of rising property and rent prices pushing small business and night-time venues in particular out of the city.
Economics applicants should consider how the housing crisis in London has come to be, and what measures can be taken to ameliorate the rising rental costs forcing so many people away from the capital.