London’s culture is too expensive for young people

Editor’s note: An unfortunate sign of the times.

“Part of what makes London such a great city to live in is all the amazing things to do here. Heck, it’s a large part of what this website is dedicated to. Every day here at Londonist, we get press releases about amazing new shows in some of the world’s best galleries, the latest theatre productions or a museum reopening. That’s all great for some, but a look at the prices is a reminder that London isn’t so welcoming for all,” according to

“Young people earn a lot less than older generations. A lot of this is to do with experience — more experienced workers earn more, and that’s only fair.

“However, it goes further than this as wages are systematically biased against under 25s. The government imposed a national living wage that’s £7.50 per hour, which was introduced in 2015. That wage is behind the advised London Living Wage currently sitting at £9.75 per hour, but still, it’s something.

“Except not if you’re young. 21-24 year olds don’t qualify for this wage — apparently because they’re less productive — so instead they earn £7.05 per hour. Even they have it much better than 18-20 year olds who for their labour receive a minimum of £5.60 per hour.

“Therefore many young Londoners have less income, meaning they have to be highly selective about what they spend their income on, especially regarding forms of entertainment. When it comes down to seeing an art exhibition for nearly £20, or streaming some TV at home — often for free — the decision becomes a financial one.”

“Recently we overheard a discussion that stated ‘young people today don’t appreciate classical art.’ Perhaps they would if only they could go see it.”

The rest of the article is here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

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