About London Futures
London Futures is an ambitious programme to shape the future of London. In partnership with London’s leading organisations – including the Mayor, London’s boroughs, national government, businesses, charities and universities – this multi-year programme will examine the state of London today, explore possible futures, and work with Londoners to create a shared vision for the city to 2050 and beyond. It will deliver a new narrative for London, its role in the UK, and its position in the world.
This report is the culmination of the first phase of London Futures. Examining London’s recent history and development to the present day, it also looks at the range of challenges facing the city and how these might play out in the future.
The next phase of London Futures will focus on engaging Londoners with the big questions raised by this report. This will be undertaken through our partner organisations as well as by gauging Londoners’ views directly. This next phase will now include the delayed mayoral election. As Londoners consider who should next lead the city, London Futures will also give them a chance to reflect on the long-term issues confronting London and help shape a new consensus on how we should tackle these.
The final phase of London Futures will see a concerted effort to place the new vision for the city at the centre of conversations about London and London policy. This will help shape our neighbourhoods, our services, and our city – while also articulating its future place in the UK and the world.
We are grateful to all those who have given us their expert advice and feedback on this project, in particular our Advisory Council: Van Du Bose (Advisory Council Member ); Jeremy Skinner (Assistant Director of Strategy, Insight and Intelligence, Greater London Authority); Dick Sorabji (Deputy Chief Executive, London Councils); Shashi Verma (Director of Strategy and Chief Technology Officer, Transport for London); Bharat Mehta CBE (Chief Executive, Trust for London); Dimitri Zhengelis (Visiting Research Fellow, London School of Economics); Sarah Castell (Head of Futures, Ipsos MORI); Tera Allas CBE (Director of Research and Economics, McKinsey & Company); Mark Kleinman (Professor of Public Policy, Kings College London); Dr Tim Moonen (Director, The Business of Cities); Angus Knowles-Cutler (UK Vice Chairman and London Office Managing Partner, Deloitte); Bob Roberts (Director of Communications, City of London Corporation); Christie Rawlings (Head of External Affairs, Heathrow); Cllr Jack Hopkins (Leader, London Borough of Lambeth); Eman Martin-Vignerte (Head of Political Affairs and Government Relations, Bosch); Jake Ferguson (CEO, Hackney CVS) and Patricia Brown (Director, Central); Wendy Thomson (Vice-Chancellor, University of London); Ben Rogers (Director, Centre for London); Will Judge (Vice President, Global Enterprise Partnerships, Mastercard); Nadine Collins-Smith (Head of Thames Delivery, Port of London Authority); Stuart Cundy (Deputy Assistant Commissioner – Corporate Services, Metropolitan Police); Wei Yang (Chairman, Wei Yang & Partners).
We would also like to thank Sara Gariban, Amy Leppänen and Megha Hirani for their support throughout this phase of the project. The views in this report are solely those of the authors. All errors and omissions remain our own.
This research would not have been possible without the generous support of our Major Sponsors, City of London Corporation, Greater London Authority, London Borough of Lambeth, and London Councils; our Supporting Sponsors, Bosch and Heathrow; and our Funders, Mastercard, Sir Trevor Chinn, and Van and Eva DuBose.