The London Conference 2020


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What’s getting done in London in 2020? Have a browse of our exhibitors to see exciting new projects in urban design, technology, managing the impacts of coronavirus, fighting poverty and housing Londoners.


Global design practice, Applied, have published the COVID-19 Design Toolkit. It is a comprehensive set of guidelines advising on how to design systems for high-traffic spaces and encourage safer public behaviours in response to the pandemic. The COVID-19 Design Toolkit has been developed with a wide variety of industries and operators in mind, and it aims to create a universal language, which can be tailored to different audiences and environments, from entire cities to individual retail stores and offices. The Toolkit draws upon Applied’s extensive planning knowledge as the designers of city-wide systems such as TfL’s Legible London, work with international transport networks, and extensive consultation in the private sector with international companies including Google. In 2020 the practice has been working closely with clients, such as Princeton University, on COVID-19 recovery. This expertise has led to the development of the set of clear guidelines, drawing on the best-practice standards in the field of behaviour change.

Toolkit free download

City of London Corporation

The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK. We aim to:

  • Contribute to a flourishing society
  • Support a thriving economy
  • Shape outstanding environments

By strengthening the connections, capacity and character of the City, London and the UK for the benefit of people who live, work and visit here. Our reach extends far beyond the Square Mile’s boundaries and across private, public and voluntary sector responsibilities. This, along with our independent and nonparty political voice and convening power, enables us to promote the interests of people and organisations across London and the UK and play a valued role on the world stage.


Commonplace helps you to create better places together with the support of the community. By making it easy to collect, understand and act on community feedback, we enable local authorities and developers to make better, more inclusive planning decisions.

Commonplace’s online platform is designed to enable an open and transparent conversation between different stakeholders in the built environment. Working with Commonplace allows you to tap into the pent up demand in the community to engage with the decision making process. We’ve launched over 750 community engagement projects with our customers, engaging nearly two million community members. You can view all of our live projects here.

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London Councils

London Councils represents London’s 32 boroughs and the City of London. We are a cross-party organisation that works on behalf of all of our member authorities regardless of political persuasion. We make the case to government, the Mayor and others to get the best deal for Londoners and to ensure that our member authorities have the resources, freedoms and powers to do the best possible job for their residents and local businesses.

London Councils runs a number of direct services for member authorities including the Freedom Pass, Taxicard and Health Emergency Badge.

Our priorities in 2020 include: lobbying to protect London boroughs’ funding and increase fiscal devolution; supporting and promoting boroughs’ work with communities during the COVID-19 crisis; and helping London boroughs in achieving the goals of their climate change action plans.

Want to learn more? Visit OUR WEBSITE

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London Property Alliance

London Property Alliance is the joint name for Westminster Property Association (WPA) and City Property Association (CPA): two not-for-profit membership bodies representing the leading owners, investors, professional advisors and developers of real estate across Central London.

Together, the Associations represent more than 400 organisations and produce a diverse body of research and events that engage with key issues and policies effecting Central London’s built environment, from business rates reform to diversifying skills within the sector.

Explore our catalogue of latest research and events


At L&Q we believe passionately that people’s health, security and happiness depend on where they live.

With nearly 60 years’ experience, we have what it takes to do things right. We aim to deliver great service to every customer, every time, and we’re always looking for ways to improve ourselves.

L&Q is also a major residential and mixed-use developer and we are committed to working with like-minded partners to help solve the housing crisis and meet our vision to enable 100,000 new homes.

We’re proud to be involved in some of London’s largest regeneration schemes, such as Barking Riverside, where we’re delivering 10,800 homes in partnership with the Mayor of London.

Our relationships are built on trust, transparency and fairness and we’re there when we’re needed – locally responsive and working hard to keep the communities we serve safe and vibrant.

Want to learn more? Visit L&Q GrouP

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Port of London Authority

The Thames is the largest open space running through the heart of London and a key transport artery, with passenger connections from east to west and access to major trade and freight terminals in Essex and Kent. The Port of London Authority keeps navigational channels open across the tidal Thames, running 95 miles from Teddington to the sea, and as a Trust Port aims to make the most of the river and improve it for future generations.

The PLA works with stakeholders to increase the use of the Thames in a safe and sustainable way across our shared Thames Vision goals for Trade, Freight, Passenger Transport, Sport, Culture and Environmental sustainability. The Thames is central to improving quality of life – as a place for recreation, a source of employment and supporting the better functioning of cities and places through innovation in transport and logistics for a less congested and cleaner future.

The PLA is developing a new vision for the Thames, to be shaped with customers, strategic partners, river users and stakeholders. This will support the net zero transition and respond to challenges as well as harness opportunities arising from global, social and economic changes.

Find out more about our Thames Vision on our website

Or follow us on LinkedIn 

Trust for London

Trust for London is an independent charitable foundation. We aim to tackle poverty and inequality in London and we do this by: funding voluntary and charity groups – currently we make grants totalling around £10 million a year and at any one time we are supporting up to 300 organisations; funding independent research; and providing knowledge and expertise on London’s social issues to policymakers and journalists.

We also fund London’s Poverty Profile working with our economics partner WPI Economics and the Consumer Data Research Centre at UCL. With over 100 indicators, London’s Poverty Profile provides evidence on and insight into poverty and inequality in London. Most recently, for London Challenge Poverty Week, we launched a borough comparison measure to understand how poverty differs across the city.

You can read more about the Trust’s work in our Annual REVIEW FOR 2019

or follow us on Twitter at @tRUSTFORLONDON


At Uber we believe passionately in the power of technology to connect people and keep cities moving and breathing. At the touch of a button, users of the Uber app can access safe, reliable, and on-demand transportation, everywhere and for everyone.

We are committed to being a great partner to London and helping the city get through the remainder of the Covid crisis and come out stronger on the other side – in a way that keeps us all safe. There is nothing more important than the safety of the riders and drivers who use the Uber app as we work together to keep London moving. 

And by working cooperatively with TfL, borough councils and industry, we are helping to make urban mobility more sustainable. Our vision is for every car on the road to be shared and electric. 

London is leading the way for Uber globally: our £200m Clean Air plan is driving our ambition to go fully electric in the city by 2025. This is why last week we announced new funding of more than £5m to invest in new electric vehicle charging infrastructure in London by 2023. It will target areas of London currently lacking in the charging infrastructure.

This forms part of our global commitment to becoming a zero emission mobility platform in Europe and North America by 2030, and globally by 2040.

You can read more about our commitment to the electric revolution across Europe in our SPARK! report.