Centre for London

Centre for London is the capital’s dedicated think tank. Through research, analysis and events, Centre for London generates bold and creative solutions that improve the city and help London to overcome its complex and interlinked challenges. The Centre convenes people from different parts of the city – with a range of experience and expertise – to develop new ideas and implement them.

Centre for London was founded by Director Ben Rogers in 2011. Over the last eight years, Centre for London has published over 50 policy reports, hosted over 100 public events, five major hustings and eight high-level conferences. Centre for London’s recommendations have been adopted by both Conservative and Labour mayors of London and by national government, as well as by businesses and local government.

Centre for London’s work focuses on four areas which are integral to building a fair and prosperous city:

Housing and neighbourhoods

London faces an acute shortage of affordable housing, eroding living standards and undermining the economy. Housing poverty, overcrowding and homelessness have risen and many homes fail to meet basic standards. At the same time, many homes and neighbourhoods suffer from poor design and planning, and communities feel shut out from the way their city is changing. We look for new ways for London to meet its housing needs, build better neighbourhoods, strengthen communities, enable better use of land and buildings and unlock investment. We want every Londoner to have access to good quality, affordable housing, regardless of their income, age or background.

Skills and opportunity

London’s labour market is rapidly evolving and too many Londoners are barred from the opportunities the city offers. Skills gaps hamper employers and workers alike, low paid and poor quality jobs leave many people struggling to get by or advance, and pockets of worklessness persist. And these challenges may intensify as the economy is transformed in coming years. Our work looks at the changing nature of work in London, with a focus on skills, social mobility and labour market inequalities. We want London to be a place where workers are fairly paid, fulfilled and secure, and able to learn and respond as the economy changes.

Transport and environment

London’s transport infrastructure is under increasing strain and public transport costs remain high. Cars still dominate London’s roads, contributing to air pollution, congestion and road danger, and degrading the public realm. London also needs to face up to the global climate emergency, minimising its contribution to climate change, and adapting to its consequences – in everything from transport, to construction, to economic and population growth. Our work aims to create a fairer and sustainable transport system, better public realm, a healthier environment and a resilient low carbon city.

London, UK and the world

London is a pre-eminent global city. But its position is vulnerable to a fast-changing global economy, to the uncertainties of Brexit, and to growing concern about regional balance within the UK.

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Recent Reports

By Joe Wills

This report from the UK think tank Centre for London looks at empowering London's neighbourhoods. There is an increasing sense…

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By Richard Brown; Sara Gariban

This report from the UK think tank Centre for London looks at new responses to London’s housing crisis. The Capital…

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By Nicolas Bosetti; Jack Brown

This report from the UK think tank Centre for London charts the rise of London's headquarter economy. It finds that…

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By Silviya Barrett; Martin Wedderburn; Erica Belcher

This report from the UK think tank Centre for London looks at next generation road user charging for a healthier,…

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By Nicolas Bosetti; Mario Washington-Ihieme

London boasts a world-class food scene, but the city is losing its skilled chefs at a faster rate than it…

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By Mario Washington-Ihieme; Victoria Pinoncely

London's creative and cultural industries lead the world. This report looks at the barriers young people face to getting jobs…

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By Dr Jack Brown

As the political, financial and cultural centre of the United Kingdom, is London too dominant? This report explores how London's…

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By Nicolas Bosetti; Tom Colthorpe

London is full of unused spaces that could be used for temporary housing, workspaces, parks, community gardens and retail, otherwise…

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