Our impact

In 2020, we published 14 research reports, hosted 20 events, and secured widespread media coverage for our ideas. But publishing research doesn't automatically result in change – we work hard to ensure that our ideas have an impact.

What we achieved in 2020

By undertaking research, staging events, convening, and influencing, we advocate for new policies that have the potential to transform London for the better. We identify routes to change policy and practices and look to deepen understanding of the challenges facing the capital. Our latest annual report gives a snapshot of some of the ways we’ve helped the capital over the past year and the last decade.



We developed a programme of work to help London through the pandemic 

We have been committed to helping London through the coronavirus crisis and as it meets the challenges of recovery. We provided short and medium-term analyses of the pandemic alongside policy recommendations. More than 2,500 people tuned into our public event series as the crisis was unfurling, on issues including lockdown, transport and housing.

We helped shape policymaking

In 2020, we built relationships with policymakers across national and local government. We influenced government thinking on the West End’s recovery, community power and submitted evidence to policy consultations including the Planning White Paper. We worked with individual London boroughs on issues close to their communities, sending representatives to regular meetings including the Brent Poverty Commission and Hounslow’s Green Recovery Board. And the Greater London Authority implemented many findings and recommendations from our Public London report, in their Draft Public London Charter.

“I have often felt that Centre for London are one or two years, even five years ahead on policy, creating the groundwork, marshalling thought leadership, the evidence base and space for what many of us hope would become the ‘new orthodoxy’ on issues from sustainability to housing.”

– Phillip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney

We convened experts and informed the public

Our events continued to attract high-profile speakers and attendees. More than 315 senior officials attended one of our private roundtables. The London Conference 2020 was our first-ever virtual multi-day event, and was our best-attended conference to date, with over 5,000 viewers and 45 speakers across 13 sessions. Our own experts also spoke at over 30 external events, sharing our insights into London’s challenges.

“I see Centre for London as this city’s brain trust, constantly putting out high quality, thoughtful and timely work – something that will be more important than ever as we look to solve the challenges ahead.”

– Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, speaking at the London Conference 2020

We grew our audience

The foundations of our impact

Further details of our impact can be found in previous annual reports. These also include information about our funders.

2019 annual report

2018 Annual report







"We have been working with Centre for London for over two years now, and their team have been highly responsive and supportive of our society’s aims and emerging needs. The Centre is very skilled in research, political understanding, governance, and technology areas; but, beyond that, we have found them to be remarkably creative, adaptable, and committed!"

Eman Martin-Vignerte, Head of Political Affairs and Government Relations | Bosch

"We have worked closely with Centre for London since it was founded ten years ago to make the case for policies that are suited to the unique challenges and opportunities facing the capital. This is in line with our vision of a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally successful UK. In particular, we have valued the annual London Conference as a forum for debate and discussion with key London stakeholders."

City of London Corporation

"We’re pleased to be working with Centre for London on London Futures. As we emerge from the pandemic, the insights and solutions they are developing are valuable not just for London’s approach to tackling inequity, but also for urban centres across the UK and globally."

Anna Garrod, Policy and Influence Director | Impact on Urban Health

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Our work

By undertaking research, staging events, convening and influencing, our work aims to help national and London government to solve the capital's challenges.