The borough's late-night licence policy, set in 2018, appears to have added extra layers of bureaucracy to the process for businesses looking to capitalise on the area's late-night economy. Vincent Wood reports
Hackney Council's decision to evolve long-standing powers to limit late-night operators in Shoreditch and Dalston last year was a controversial one.
The two areas of the borough have been hubs for late-night food and beverage operators, drawing revellers from across the capital, while becoming shorthand for a certain type of chic, independent business. It also coincided with a push from the mayor of London's office to optimise the night-time economy in a bid to save the city's high streets. However, more than a year on, the policy does not appear to have caused monumental change to the number of applications.
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