Not so very long ago, London was mocked as one of the few global cities that shut up shop at 11pm. Rewind, say, thirty years and our booze licencing was puritanical, night transport links dire, and even our most central streets were enforcedly shuttered and empty of people before midnight.
Thankfully, despite – in fact probably because – of this censure, a thriving nightlife culture famously bubbled away in the shadows, regardless.
It all feels a world away from the current era of the night tube, 24-hour club events and 4am beer delivery services. Yet the night-time is still marginalised in many ways, and needs support now more than ever.
In this issue, we look at the forces at work in this city shaping our after-dark landscape, the people fighting to improve it, and what the future might look like if we think big enough.
Elsewhere, we explore SW9 streetfood haunt Pop Brixton, new LGBT bar The Cock, and see how they do it in hotter climes, too, in a getaway to Porto.
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