Nightclub Closures During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 30th May 2021.

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Photo of Joanne McCartney Joanne McCartney Labour

How many Nightclubs have permanently closed in London as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on London’s nightclubs. It is too early to assess the number of permanent closures as most venues have yet to reopen.

In 2019, I launched the first ever Cultural Infrastructure Plan and Map for London which records the number of cultural venues and facilities and sets out what is needed to protect and grow them. This data enabled my team to respond to the crisis with a targeted £2.3m Culture at Risk Business Support Fund, which has supported over 301 businesses. My expanded Culture at Risk Office has supported over 750 businesses since March 2020, including LGBTQ+ and grassroots music venues. We also successfully lobbied for nightclubs to be included in the government's Cultural Recovery Fund.

In due course, a data update to the Cultural Infrastructure Map will help us to analyse closures. The impact of the pandemic on the nightclub sector is expected to be ongoing for some time.