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Five ideas to make London better

Innovation and new ideas are essential for cities to thrive. But they don’t emerge from nowhere – they need to be incubated, tested, discussed and promoted.

That’s why we’ve launched London ideas, new magazine and related series of events which champion innovations that have the potential to transform London – and cities around the world – for the better.

London ideas gives entrepreneurs and innovators a forum in which they can present and discuss their ideas. The first ideas we’ve featured included:

  • Using street design to celebrating London’s gay neighbourhoods
  • An inter-city school exchange programme
  • Teaching children about the circular economy through plastic fishing
  • A peer-to-peer lending platform for small and medium housebuilders
  • Urban farming

Check out these short videos to find out more…

Celebrating London’s gaybourhoods

Simon Brooksbank, Co-chair and Co-founder of Planning Out, wants to use placemaking – imaginative street art & furniture – to help create a sense of place and identity for London’s gay neighbourhoods.

Inter-city school exchanges

Mario Washington-Ihieme, Research Assistant, Centre for London shared her idea of an an inter-city exchange programme for schools which could help to build  a renewed sense of national identity.

Teach children about the circular economy

Christine Armstrong, Co-Founder, Jericho Chambers believes getting children to fish plastic waste from the Thames can be a wider lesson about creating a circular economy.

Peer-to-peer lending for housebuilders

Arya Taware, Founder & MD, FutureBricks made the case for peer-to-peer lending to finance small and medium-sized housebuilders as a way to help beat London’s housing crisis.

Urban farming

Could we use agriculture technology to bring food production closer to London homes and provide sustainable produce to the capital? Jamie Burrows, Founder of Vertical Future thinks so…

Want to read about more dynamic innovations around the world?

Read London Ideas


Amy Leppänen is Communications Officer at Centre for London. Follow her on Twitter.