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London’s new Cultural Infrastructure Plan is a game-changer. For the first time it sets out what we need to do to protect and grow our cultural facilities.

London is a city recognised as the global capital for arts and culture. Our theatres, music venues, museums and galleries are renowned across the world. Our creative industries are vital to London’s success and the recording studios, rehearsal spaces, artists' workspaces are the engine room that is responsible for generating £52billion per year.

However, there has been a worrying decline in London’s cultural spaces, with the numbers of LGBT+ venues and grassroots music venues stabilising in the last year following a decade of decline.

The plan is accompanied by a new Cultural Infrastructure Toolbox and a Cultural Infrastructure Map, designed to support the delivery of it.

Please contact culturalinfrastuctureteam@london.gov.uk with any queries or feedback.

Data and analysis from GLA GIS Team form a basis for the policy and investment decisions facing the Mayor of London and the GLA group. GLA Intelligence uses a wide range of information and data sourced from third party suppliers within its analysis and reports. GLA Intelligence cannot be held responsible for the accuracy or timeliness of this information and data.

The GLA will not be liable for any losses suffered or liabilities incurred by a party as a result of that party relying in any way on the information contained in this report.

Contains OS data © Crown copyright and database rights 2019.

Contains Audience Agency data.

Contains CAMRA data.

NOTE: The data is based on Ordnance Survey mapping and the data is published under Ordnance Survey's 'presumption to publish'.

This dataset is included in the Greater London Authority's Night Time Observatory. Click here to find out more.

Geopackage of Creative Enterprise Zones

Format: geopackage (gpkg)

Projection: EPSG: 27700, British National Grid

Geopackage of Cultural Venues

Format: geopackage (gpkg)

Projection: EPSG: 27700, British National Grid

The zip file contains all the cultural venues spatially located within Creative Enterprise Zones

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The zip file contains all the cultural venues spatially located within London borough

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Buildings with 30 public performances per year.

How data was compiled: GLA commissioned research led by BOP in partnership with the Theatres Trust.

Credit for use: GLA and Theatres Trust

A building which has a studio which is used by the theatre sector, or a facility which has been appropriated for use by performers and is recognised as an appropriate rehearsal facility which is publicly bookable in some way. Spaces within drama/dance/music schools are not included unless they are publicly bookable spaces.

How data was compiled: GLA commissioned research led by BOP. With thanks to Swain, Robert and Mansfield, Tom (2016): Birkbeck-Jerwood Space London Rehearsal Room Survey 2016.

Credit for use: GLA

Buildings where businesses that provide services to the fashion industry and other creative sectors, such as textile design, furniture, interiors, etc. Business activities include processes such as the printing and dyeing of textiles, embroidery, knitting, etc.

How data was compiled: GLA led

Credit for use: GLA

Purpose-built structures for skateboarding and BMX.

How data was compiled: GLA led

Credit for use: GLA

Buildings used for the design and fabrication of larger-scale scenery for film, fashion, TV, theatre and other creative sectors. Businesses may be highly-specialised or cater to a range of sectors and often provide both design and fabrication services in house.

How data was compiled: GLA commissioned research. Led by We Made That

Credit for use: GLA

Buildings defined by CAMRA as pubs. Licensed premises must be open to and welcome the general public without requiring membership or residency, allow free entry (1), serve at least one draught beer (2), allow drinking without requiring food to be consumed, have at least one indoor area not laid out for meals, and permit drinks to be purchased in person at a bar (3), without relying on table service.’ (1) Except when entertainment is provided on limited occasions (2) Includes cask or keg beer (3) Includes also a hatch or specific service point’

How data was compiled: Data provided by the Campaign for Real Ale.

Credit for use: The Campaign for Real Ale

Buildings which are used by businesses involved in the making and hiring of props and costumes for film, theatre, TV and other creative sectors. This includes puppetry, automation and motion control of props and other hyper-specialised production needs.

How data was compiled: GLA commissioned research. Led by We Made That.

Credit for use: GLA

Large-scale outdoor space for events, festivals and public cultural activities with a minimum capacity of 10,000.

How data was compiled: This data has been crowdsourced from local authorities. If there is data missing this is due to a local authority not adding information.

Credit for use: GLA

How data was compiled:

Credit for use: GLA

Venues defined as grassroots set out by the Music Venue Trust and the GLA.

How data was compiled: GLA commissioned research led by the Music Venues Trust.

Credit for use: GLA

Premises which programme over six music events per year have been included. This includes grassroots music venues, clubs, pubs, musical theatre and bars.

How data was compiled: GLA commissioned research led by Nordicity, the Music Venue Trust and Sound Diplomacy.

Credit for use: GLA

Buildings which provide publicly bookable studios for musicians. Spaces within drama/dance/music schools are not included unless they are publicly bookable spaces.

How data was compiled: GLA commissioned research led by Nordicity, the Music Venue Trust and Sound Diplomacy.

Credit for use: GLA

Buildings used for businesses including music publishing, music labels, reproduction of sound recordings and music management.

How data was compiled: GLA commissioned research led by Nordicity, the Music Venue Trust and Sound Diplomacy.

Credit for use: GLA

Buildings used for museum collections. This includes art museums, history and other specialised museums. This excludes open-air museums, activities of commercial art galleries, restoration of works of art and museum collection objects, activities of libraries and archives. Art museums differ from commercial art galleries in that they usually have permanent collections or endowments and do not try to sell the artworks on a regular basis.

How data was compiled: GLA compiled research.

Credit for use: GLA

Businesses which are providing specialised manufacturing services and/or products to a range of creative sectors. These include CNC cutting, model-making, 3D production, woodcraft and timber product manufacturing, joinery and fabrication, welding, sheet metal cutting, printing, etc.

How data was compiled: GLA commissioned research. Led by We Made That

Credit for use: GLA

Buildings which provide communal studio space/s with shared technical/production facilities for artists and makers to make use of collectively.

How data was compiled: GLA commissioned research. Led by We Made That

Credit for use: GLA

A building which proves both accommodation and workspace combined or tethered workspace for artists and creatives.

How data was compiled: GLA led research.

Credit for use: GLA

Buildings used for public and community libraries. This excludes libraries affiliated with higher education institutions.

How data was compiled: DCMS Libraries Taskforce data was used and updated.

Credit for use: DCMS Libraries Taskforce and GLA.

Buildings used as cultural venues which operate at night time for use by the LBGT+ community. This also includes venues that regularly programme LGBT+ nights.

How data was compiled: UCL Urban Lab research maintained by GLA.

Credit for use: GLA and UCL Urban Lab.

Walls recognised by local authorities and wall owners as authorised spaces for street art practice. Only walls which have been confirmed as legal by owners have been included.

How data was compiled: GLA

Credit for use: GLA

Buildings used for delivering large scale media production for all screen sectors (film/games) but also commonly offering pre-production (sets and manufacture of props, drapes, costumes), post production (visual effects, CGI) and market testing (re-shooting, editing and refining prior to distribution).

How data was compiled: GLA led research.

Credit for use: GLA

Buildings which provide space for jewellery design, making and manufacturing services.

How data was compiled: GLA commissioned research. Led by We Made That

Credit for use: GLA

Buildings are used for fashion and textiles manufacturing businesses. They provide specialised design, artistic creation and other manufacturing. These businesses are mostly involved in the design of fashion apparel and accessories, although some more directly engage with manufacturing processes for the fashion industry.

How data was compiled: GLA commissioned research. Led by We Made That

Credit for use: GLA.

Buildings which provide bookable studios for the dance sector. Spaces within drama/dance/music schools are not included unless they are publicly bookable spaces.

How data was compiled: GLA commissioned research. Led by We Made That and Dance Umbrella. Initial dataset provided by LondonDance.

Credit for use: GLA.

Buildings which are used for dance performances. These are only included if they can be attended or booked by the public.

How data was compiled: GLA commissioned research. Led by We Made That and Dance Umbrella. Initial dataset provided by LondonDance. Data compiled from publicly available sources and crowdsourcing with the dance sector.

Credit for use: GLA.

Buildings which provide workspace for creative industries businesses. These can provide any combination of shared workstations, supporting facilities and creative facilities (workshop, gallery, sound- proofed studios etc.) with easy in-out contractual conditions for professionals working in the creative industries.

How data was compiled: GLA commissioned research. Led by We Made That

Credit for use: GLA.

Buildings which are targeted for creative industries tenants who are primarily desk-based in their activity. Co-working spaces are shared by two or more individuals or small businesses. There are typically no creative or technical facilities for making provided on site. Along with deskspace, shared amenity facilities are often provided (e.g. kitchen, meeting rooms), beyond the minimal service office offer.

How data was compiled: GLA commissioned research. Led by We Made That

Credit for use: GLA.

Buildings which are used by for-profit and privately-owned art galleries.

How data was compiled: GLA led research.

Credit for use: GLA.

Buildings which are owned by a housing association or local authority for the purpose of serving a community; providing facilities for the development of the recreational, cultural and personal welfare of members of that community; and/or a meeting place for voluntary organisations or other groups in the community which need accommodation.

How data was compiled: GLA commissioned research. Led byGroundwork

Credit for use: GLA.

Buildings which have a fixed screen for cinema projection where tickets are available for the public to purchase.

How data was compiled: GLA led research. Independent Cinema Office – provision of initial dataset.

Credit for use: GLA.

Buildings which are used for multi-use/multi-artform purposes. Providing three or more of the following facilities: performing arts space, visual art gallery space, museum facilities, cinema space, education space and/or rehearsal studios, archives and/or library facilities. The space must offer some professional programming of multiple artforms (performing or visual arts) alongside community programming.

How data was compiled: GLA led research. Future Arts Centres – verification of data.

Credit for use: National Archives and GLA.

Sites with buildings which provide workspace either soley for artists or a mixture of artists and other creative industries tenants. Artistic activity is defined as a fine artist whose visual output and medium involves the production of original works of research, exploration or artistic expression, either one-of-a-kind or in a limited number of copies. Activity in this context is not driven by commercial gain (although they are by no means prohibited from having this). The approach to the production of art is driven by the artist, not the client.

Sites may also provide for a mix of creative tenants as well as artists.

How the Data was compiled: GLA commissioned research. Led by We Made That. Sourced from public sources and surveys directly with the artists workspace sector.

Credit for use: GLA.

Buildings which are used for archives which are open to the public. There may be more than one archive held on each site.

How data was compiled: GLA led research based on National Archives dataset.

Credit for use: National Archives and GLA.