Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has pledged to protect LGBT+ nightlife venues in the capital, in response to a University College London Urban Laboratory study finding that 58% of such businesses have closed since 2006.
In that year, 125 such venues were in operation. Just 53 are open today.
Mr. Khan has instructed Amy Lamé, London’s Night Czar, to conduct an annual audit of LGBT+ venues and to take other steps to combat the closures.
Mr Khan said: “I hold LGBT+ venues in very high regard and have made it clear that protecting them is an integral part of my plans to grow London’s night-time economy and culture.
“The importance of LGBT+ venues cannot be overstated in the role they play in helping members of an often-vulnerable community to take pride in their identity, and enriching London as a whole.