Our impact

Publishing research doesn't automatically result in change – we work hard to ensure that our ideas have an impact.

“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

What we achieved in 2021

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.

Read our 2021 Annual Report


Reaching decision makers

75,000+ people received a printed copy or downloaded Centre for London research reports online.

4,545 newsletter subscribers were sent monthly updates with new insights and research on London’s challenges.

Making headlines

Our work was covered 469 times by the press in 2021, with 58 pieces of coverage in national outlets.

We had coverage in The Guardian, Forbes, Bloomberg, City A.M. and the Evening Standard.

Centre staff regularly appeared in broadcast media, including BBC London and ITV London on television, and BBC Radio London, Times Radio and LBC on radio.

Convening London’s experts

2,741 people attended our events, and post- event recordings were viewed 5,200 times.

319 people attended Centre for London roundtables.

Growing our audiences

We gained 1,321 Twitter followers in 2021, reaching a total of 18,402.

We gained a record 1,649 LinkedIn followers in 2021, increasing our following to 4,430 in 2021.

There were 285,837 unique page views on our website in 2021, up from 239,778 in 2020. 130,357 unique users visited our website this year, up from 102,668 in 2020.

Commenting on London issues

We published 70 blog posts in 2021, and these posts were viewed 60,023 times.

“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

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.