UKHospitality has welcomed the publication of statistics showing an increase in the number of pubs in London.
UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said: “It is great to see London pubs thriving, despite economic pressures and political uncertainty. Pubs in London have shown great resilience and ingenuity to continue to prosper and cater for constantly-changing customer tastes. The fact that over a quarter of customers’ main reasons for visiting a pub was for a meal shows how the sector has evolved to meet demand.
“The Mayor has shown himself to be a great supporter of pubs, and the wider hospitality sector, with action to help businesses grow. There are legislative pressures such as the late-night levy, however, that threaten to undermine the good work that London pubs have managed to do in recent years. We hope that local authorities in London follow the Mayor’s lead and support pubs in their boroughs, rather than looking to squeeze them further with additional taxes and restrictions.”