After a fair amount of speculation and pledging on the campaign trail, Sadiq Khan appears to have made good on his aim of creating a dedicated role for a champion of London's night life. If this job advert on london.gov.uk is true, it looks like we're finally getting a night czar.
The role – advertised at £35,000 a year (that's for 2.5 days a week of work) – states that the czar will help 'create a vision for London as 24-hour city and a roadmap showing how the vision will be realised'.
Needless to say, there's lots for the successful applicant to get stuck into. London's nightlife isn't in total crisis, but by heck it's seen healthier days. Just in the last few weeks, we've reported on the shutting of Shapes in Hackney Wick, a wake held for a strip venue in Shoreditch and also pointed out how the Mayor won't actually have the power to stop the world-class Fabric in Clerkenwell from having its license removed by Islington Council.
So, if you're reading this and think that you have…
– Leadership ability.
– A public profile.
– Convening power.
– Plus a thorough understanding of the night time economy and the ability to work in a political environment.
…you may be a czar in the making. Good luck everyone. No pressure.
Read our interview with Mirik Milan – Amsterdam's very awesome Night Mayor.