The London Conference 2018


Overview Programme Speakers Sponsors Venue


Coming of age: The London Mayoralty at 18

Keynote speech

As the London Mayoralty turns 18 years old and ‘comes of age’, Mayor Sadiq Khan looks back at the challenges it was set up to address, what has been achieved, and what its role should be in future. This keynote speech will be followed by audience Q&A.

Coffee break

Innovation, devolution and austerity: What’s next for London government?


Developing trust: resetting the public conversation about housing in London



London ideas: quickfire presentations on surprising new solutions for the capital


After checking in with successful ideas pitched at past London Conferences, these brief visual presentations (15 slides of 20 seconds each) will offer new ideas for London. The audience will vote for the winning concept.

Good work, good pay: A better future for working Londoners


London’s employment rate is high, but in-work poverty is up, and the world of work feels less secure than ever. What can be done to improve work and reward for low and middle earning Londoners?

Designing the jobs of the future


What could the future of work look like if everyone had a say in shaping it? A short presentation on why London should create the world’s first Citizens Job Design Lab.

Social mobility and education in the automation age


As we shift towards a more automated economy, should there be a fundamental rethink of the way we educate Londoners, from early years to college and beyond? How can we make sure that all Londoners, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, have the skills and the resources they need to thrive in a new world of work?

Personal reflection: What London's youth crime looks like from the A&E


Violent crime incidents, in particular knife crime, have been increasing across the capital. Drawing on her experience as an A & E doctor at St George’s Hospital, Tooting, Rosena Allin-Khan MP will give her personal reflection on the rising levels of youth crime in London.

Coffee break

Parallel sessions


Family business: improving the offer for London’s working parents

London’s high cost of childcare, lack of flexible working practices, and low take up of shared parental leave all add up to some of the worst maternal employment and child poverty rates in the country. How can businesses and government improve their offer to working parents?

In conversation: Bazalgette on Bazalgette


Sadie Morgan, a member of the National Infrastructure Commission, sits down with Sir Peter Bazalgette to hear the story of his great grandfather Joseph Bazalgette, a 19th-century civil engineer whose work transformed the lives of thousands of Londoners. Sir Peter will also talk about opening up London’s cultural industries to young people from all backgrounds.

Drinks reception