The London Conference 2016


Overview Programme Speakers Sponsors VENUE Live blog



London in 2016: Strange Days


With an election and referendum, this has been a momentous year for London. In this quickfire presentation, Robert Gordon Clark looks back at what’s happened to London and tries to make sense of the events of 2016.

Where do we go from here?: London's post referendum futures


From a ‘renationalised’ British capital to a European enclave, there are a number of possible scenarios for the city’s future post-Brexit. But how will leaving the EU affect London’s identity and society, and what will it mean for London’s economy, government and public services? A presentation by Charlie Leadbeater, followed by a response from Justine Simons, and a panel discussion.

Planning and growth in two global cities: Alicia Glen and Jules Pipe in conversation

As two of the world’s leading global cities and economic powerhouses, London and New York have a lot in common. What can these two global cities learn from each other, in terms of planning, regeneration and skills? A presentation by Adam Challis, followed by a conversation between Jules Pipe and Alicia Glen.

Coffee Break

Taking back control: What powers does London need?


London government and business leaders argue that London needs more self determination if it is to rise to the challenges of growth and Brexit. But what powers does London need, what would they mean for the rest of the UK, and will the government grant them? Gavin Barwell in conversation with Tony Travers.

London and the UK


It is widely said that the vote against the EU was partly a vote against London. What practical steps should we take to address the huge disparities between London and the rest of the nation, and how will Brexit affect this? A panel discussion.

City Sovereignty and Urban Governance when Nation States are faltering: The Global Parliament of Mayors


What roles do, and can, cities play in addressing the global crises we face? What should London’s role be on the international stage? A presentation by Benjamin Barber.


PARALLEL: London futures & Ideas above our station


London futures: what will new technologies mean for the city?

London has long been a city of early adopters and tech pioneers. What will new technologies and trends – automation, the internet of things, block chain – mean for our economy and society? How can we prepare for the impact of blockchain, automation, and other disruptive technologies? A panel discussion.

Ideas above our station: transport infrastructure and London's growth

With a shortage of homes, schools and funding in the capital, we need fresh thinking about what our rail hubs can offer the city. How can we intensify development, and integrate infrastructure and land use planning to create new models of housing, and mixed-use ecosystems at, and around, stations? A panel discussion.

Coffee Break

Cities and migrants: David Miliband and Paul Collier in conversation


In a fast urbanising world, cities are taking on an ever more important role in global affairs. What role can cities play in meeting international development and humanitarian challenges? How should Europe’s cities be responding to the refugee crisis and managing integration?

All mixed up: making integration work in London


With migration at the top of the political agenda and a new mayoral office for integration, how integrated is London and what more can we do to promote a cohesive city? This session will explore practical success stories from London communities, as well as looking at the challenges ahead. A presentation by Bekele Woyecha, followed by a panel discussion.

Drinks Reception