London’s Mayor at 20: Governing a Global City in the 21st Century

This year London's Mayor and Assembly turned 20. This book has been co-written by Centre for London's Jack Brown and Richard Brown, together with LSE Professor Tony Travers to mark this anniversary.

At a time of great uncertainty for the future of the mayoralty, its autonomy, and its relationship with central government, ‘London’s Mayor at 20′ examines how the capital’s first three mayors have approached the role with markedly distinct politics, outlooks and styles and how the position has transformed over time to meet the changing needs of the city.



The book includes a wide range of voices, including in-depth interviews with two of the three mayors, blending independent expertise with first-person experience to appraise the mayoralty’s strengths and weaknesses across the policy areas for which it is responsible.

A selection of the book’s many contributors:

  • Neale Coleman, Former Advisor, Olympic Games Bid
  • Isabel Dedring, Global Transport Leader, Arup; Former Deputy Mayor for Transport
  • Michèle Dix, Non-Executive Director, Crossrail 2
  • Tim Donovan, Political Editor, BBC London
  • Dave Hill, Editor, OnLondon
  • Leah Kreitzman, Mayoral Director for External and International Affairs
  • And many more…

Launch event

To celebrate the book’s publication, we’re hosting an online launch event to discuss what might come next for the capital, its people, and its governance.

When? Wednesday 2 December, 16:30-17:30


  • Jack Brown, Research Manager, Centre for London
  • Prof Tony Travers, Director, LSE London
  • Nicky Gavron, London Assembly Member
  • Bharat Mehta CBE, Chief Executive, Trust for London
  • The Baroness Valentine, Backbencher, House of Lords

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