Our impact

In 2018, we published 13 research reports, hosted 18 events and secured record levels of 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 2018

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.

2018 Annual report

We provided insight into London’s challenges

In 2018, we submitted evidence to government hearings, independent commissions, and local government committees.

Our submission to MHCLG Committee inquiry on Modern Methods of Construction demonstrates the impact our work can have. In it, we highlighted the findings from Made for London and the report’s recommendations. Centre for London gave evidence at the committee’s hearing alongside Mark Farmer and the Committee’s final report included several mentions of Centre for London’s report and echoed our recommendations on design, skills, financing, and access to land. We await the Government’s response.

We influenced government policies

We have established relationships with Government departments and we hold regular meetings with civil servants to share our research and discuss how specific policies play out in London.

The 2018 Autumn Budget marked a point of success. In it, the government announced proposals for lighter planning regulation, a register of empty shops and a brokerage scheme – all three were recommendations in our Meanwhile, in London report. We had discussed these recommendations at length with the civil servants advising the Chancellor on the budget.

We strengthened our ties with local government & research partners

In 2018, we partnered with research organisations and think tanks including LSE Cities, Southern Policy Centre and King’s College London to share the latest thinking on London. We’ve also worked with boroughs across the city and with other local government institutions, including:

We hosted high profile events

Our events continued to attract high profile speakers and attendees. Over 1,700 people attended our events in 2018, and 10 per cent of speakers were elected officials or Deputy Mayors for London.

The London Conference 2018 attracted a record number of attendees and included a keynote speech from the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

“The London Conference – is now firmly established as a key moment in the year when we can join together to discuss the future of our city.”

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London


We grew our audience

Centre for London’s reputation and audience continues to grow. Our reports have been read nearly 30,000 times online. We launched our blog in June 2018 and published 30 blogs. The most popular blogs from 2018 included:

The foundations of our impact

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








"The London Conference – is now firmly established as a key moment in the year when we can join together to discuss the future of our city. In fact, it’s been so successful that Mayors in the North of England have decided to arrange a new "Convention of the North"."

Sadiq Khan | Mayor of London

"London faces a severe housing crisis. We need a major boost to housebuilding and – as Centre for London's important Made for London report makes clear – innovation in construction methods can be a key part of achieving this."

Cllr Darren Rodwell, Executive Member for Housing and Planning | London Councils

"Centre for London’s More, Better, Together report is brimming with great ideas for how we can work together across funding sectors, alongside the generosity of Londoners, to better direct time and money where it’s needed most."

James Banks, Director | London Funders

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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.