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.