PUBLISHED: 19:13, Mon, Nov 23, 2020 | UPDATED: 19:13, Mon, Nov 23, 2020
The Mayor of London was interviewed about the future of working life in the capital city amid the pandemic. It comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a winter coronavirus plan and the return of the tier system restrictions. When the lockdown ends on December 2, London is expected to be thrown into second-tier restrictions.
Mr Khan said the thought commuters will not return to London due to the pandemic “keeps him awake at night”.
He added: “I think we've got to accept the fact that there is potentially an existential threat to central London as we know it.
“Are there going to be satellite-type offices in outer London because people may not want to work from home but in a co-working space in zone 5 or zone 4?”
The Mayor also suggested people will be more frightened of contracting diseases when crammed into the Underground or public transport.
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London news: The Mayor of London has admitted coronavirus poses an 'existential threat' to the capital (Image: PA)
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But Mr Khan has insisted London will remain attractive to people, citing cultural attractions and the financial sector.
Speaking to the Observer New Review, he added: “I think there will still be a huge role for central London, because of our unique ecosystem.
“It’s not just finance, professional services, and creative industries, its tech, its culture, its museums, its arts, its galleries. Young people need the buzz of office space.”
The Mayor of London also spoke about the coronavirus relief given to the city by Westminster.
Mr Khan also admitted he “blinked” when negotiating with Prime Minister Boris Johnson over a £1billion grant for London and a £500 million loan for Transport for London (TFL) involving stricter controls.
London news: The Mayor added he believes London will bounce back from the pandemic. (Image: