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London’s first Cultural Infrastructure Map brings together new research and information that has previously not existed in one place. It plots the location of cultural infrastructure and enables the user to view it alongside useful contextual data.

This page contains cultural infrastructure data sets collected in the spring and summer of 2022 and published in 2023.

Audits of facilities or infrastructure are a snapshot in time and based on best available information. We welcome contributions or updates to the datasets from Londoners and others which can be submitted through the Cultural Infrastructure Map .

Since the previous data sets were published in 2019, the definition and typologies of premises that feed into the ‘Music venues all’ category have been changed to ensure that the category is mapped in an improved consistency. Changes mean that the 2019 and 2023 datasets aren’t directly comparable.

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’.

NOTE: This page contains cultural infrastructure data collected in the spring and summer of 2022 and published in 2023. For 2019 cultural infrastructure data, please visit: https://data.london.gov.uk/dataset/cultural-infrastructure-map

Visit the Cultural Infrastructure Mapping tool

This is a link to the web mapping service that is used by the Cultural Infrastructure Map. It provides the most recent version of the data and supports queries of the data

Geopackage of Creative Enterprise Zones

Format: geopackage (gpkg)

Projection: EPSG: 27700, British National Grid

The zip file contains all the cultural venues spatially located within London borough (updated in July 2023)

Geopackage of Cultural Venues (updated in July 2023)

Format: geopackage (gpkg)

Projection: EPSG: 27700, British National Grid

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

How the data was compiled: Greater London Authority (GLA) led research based on National Archives dataset

Credit for use: National Archives and GLA

Sites with buildings which provide workspace either solely 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: Commissioned by the Greater London Authority (GLA)

Led by: WMT Urban Research Unit

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 the data was compiled: Led by the Greater London Authority (GLA) in collaboration WMT Urban Research Unit

Credit for use: GLA

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

How the data was compiled: Led by the Greater London Authority (GLA) in collaboration with WMT Urban Research Unit

Credit for use: GLA

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

How the data was compiled: Commissioned by the Greater London Authority (GLA)

Led by: WMT Urban Research Unit

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 the data was compiled: Commissioned by the Greater London Authority (GLA)

Led by: WMT Urban Research Unit

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 the data was compiled: Commissioned by the Greater London Authority (GLA)

Led by: WMT Urban Research Unit

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 the data was compiled: Commissioned by the Greater London Authority (GLA)

Led by: WMT Urban Research Unit

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 the data was compiled: Commissioned by the Greater London Authority (GLA)

Led by: WMT Urban Research Unit

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 the data was compiled: Commissioned by the Greater London Authority (GLA)

Led by: WMT Urban Research Unit

Credit for use: GLA

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

How the data was compiled: Commissioned by the Greater London Authority (GLA)

Led by: WMT Urban Research Unit

Credit for use: GLA

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

How the data was compiled: Led by the Greater London Authority (GLA) in collaboration with LGBTQ+ Venues Forum and WMT Urban Research Unit

Credit for use: GLA

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

How the data was compiled: Greater London Authority (GLA) led research based on DCMS Libraries Taskforce data

Credit for use: DCMS Libraries Taskforce and GLA

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

How the data was compiled: Commissioned by the Greater London Authority (GLA)

Led by: WMT Urban Research Unit

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 the data was compiled: Commissioned by the Greater London Authority (GLA)

Led by: WMT Urban Research Unit

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 the data was compiled: Commissioned by the Greater London Authority (GLA)

Led by: WMT Urban Research Unit

Credit for use: GLA

Music venues All includes: Arena and stadium, concert halls, GMVs, Music bar and pub (revised definition), Music restaurant and cafes, Arts and multi-purpose centres, Occasional Music Venues and LGBTQ+ Music Spaces. Changes to subcategories mean the 2018 and 2022 datasets aren’t directly comparable.

How the data was compiled: Commissioned by the Greater London Authority (GLA) 

Led by: Nordicity, with data sourced from Music Venue Trust, Resident Advisor, and consultations with industry members.

Credit for use: GLA

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

How the data was compiled: Commissioned by the Greater London Authority (GLA)

Led by: Music Venue Trust

Credit for use: GLA

A late-night venue, closing post-midnight, often with DJs or live music, with music/dancing and entertainment a primary focus for the business and consumers who go there.

How the data was compiled: Commissioned by the Greater London Authority (GLA) 

Led by: Nordicity, with data sourced from Music Venue Trust, Resident Advisor, and consultations with industry members

Credit for use: GLA

Buildings which provide a specialised facility for sound recording, mixing and audio production of music.

How the data was compiled: Commissioned by the Greater London Authority (GLA)

Led by: WMT Urban Research Unit

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 the data was compiled: Commissioned by the Greater London Authority (GLA)

Led by: WMT Urban Research Unit

Credit for use: GLA

 

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 the data was compiled: Commissioned by the Greater London Authority (GLA)

Led by: WMT Urban Research Unit

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 the data was compiled: Commissioned by the Greater London Authority (GLA)

Led by: WMT Urban Research Unit

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 the data was compiled: Commissioned by the Greater London Authority (GLA)

Led by: WMT Urban Research Unit

Credit for use: GLA

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 the data was compiled: Commissioned by the Greater London Authority (GLA)

Led by: WMT Urban Research Unit

Credit for use: GLA

Buildings with 30 public performances per year.

How the data was compiled: Commissioned by the Greater London Authority (GLA)

Led by: WMT Urban Research Unit

Credit for use: GLA