A free online map of London’s cultural spaces has been created, which aims to help local authorities to protect their current cultural offering.
The map, developed by City Hall, includes theatres, dance venues and rehearsal facilities. and will also help local authorities create new arts spaces.
It reveals that London has 263 theatres – defined as buildings with 30 public performances per year – and 112 theatre rehearsal studios.
Westminster, home to the majority of the West End, has the highest concentration of theatres at 52. Other boroughs containing the most theatres include Camden, which has 23, and Southwark, where there are 21.
There are also 198 dance performance venues, 291 dance rehearsal studios and 53 prop and costume making and hiring facilities in the capital.
According to the data from the mayor’s office, Camden has the highest number of theatre rehearsal studios, while Ealing plays an important role in providing prop and costume hire outside central London.
Other cultural spaces pinpointed on the map include music venues, pubs, artist workspaces, libraries and cinemas.
City Hall has released a toolkit alongside the map with resources to help local authorities, property developers, businesses and cultural institutions to protect and grow the culture on offer in London.
Deputy mayor for culture and the creative industries Justine Simons is asking Londoners, local authorities and cultural organisations to contribute to the map to fill any gaps.
She said: “Culture has always been London’s DNA, it is the story of our city and gives London its character and authenticity.
“Yet, while we’re all used to seeing big cities plan their future needs when it comes to trains, roads and hospitals, it’s never been the same for culture. Now, thanks to this map, we have a live, fine-grained picture of the city’s cultural assets, giving us for the first time, a snapshot of the true riches and clusters in the capital.”