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Fight for your right to party

6:30pm, Thursday 25 June 2015, Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4QH

Part of the Justice, Money and Power series at the City of London Festival 2015

From Camden’s attempt to licence buskers to the closure of popular bars such as Vibe Bar and Madame Jo-Jo’s, there is growing resentment that London’s informal culture is being regulated out of existence. Concerns have been raised even further by the sweeping powers given to councils to clamp down on ‘anti-social behaviour’ ranging from homelessness and disorder to ‘inappropriate dress’ and dog-walking. Local authorities counter they are responding to pressure from residents to tackle the problems associated with the night-time economy and associated social issues. Is London in danger of becoming over-sanitised or is it simply cleaning up its act? Can we balance informal fun with the challenges of modern urban living?


Alan Miller
chairman, Night Time Industries Association

Alex Proud
CEO, Proud Galleries; columnist, Telegraph

Marianne Fredericks CC
chairman of licensing, City of London

Councillor Sophie Linden
deputy mayor, Hackney Council

David Bowden
Academy of Ideas