Future of London 3-2-1: Living Legacies

Summer Lecture Series

2013 marks three years since the General Election, two years since the London riots and one year since the Olympic and Paralympic Games. To mark this multiple anniversary, Future of London 3-2-1: Living Legacies looked at how the promise – or threat – implicit in each of these major events is influencing London’s economic and social development, and at what real potential these legacies hold for the future.

Each session was led by an expert speaker, with responses from local government and the wider community. You’ll find links to articles, presentations and podcasts from each below.

This series was kindly sponsored by Lewis Silkin

Money, power and control: London governance since the General Election

Thursday, June 13th, 6pm, at The Gallery, Farringdon

The three years since the General Election and formation of the Coalition have been heavily marked by the continuing economic downturn, with London’s fortunes inextricably bound up with the nation’s. This lecture takes as its departure point the report of the Mayor’s London Finance Commission and its sometimes radical recommendations about potential devolution of taxation and control. What can we learn from other cities? Where do the greatest opportunities lie? And how might the Commission’s recommendations be taken forward?

Keynote Speaker – Tony Travers:

Tony Travers, Chair of the London Finance Commission.

Tony is Director of the LSE London research centre at the London School of Economics, Advisor to the House of Commons Communities and Local Government Select Committee, and Chair of the Research Board at Centre for Cities.



Eleanor Kelly, Chief Executive of Southwark Council

Andrew Carter, Deputy Chief Executive of Centre for Cities

After the flames and the fury: Learning from the London riots

Thursday, June 27th, 6pm, at The Gallery, Farringdon

The riots of August 2011, which began in Tottenham and had repercussions across London and the rest of the country, were “the worst bout of civil unrest in a generation.”  After significant Mayoral investment into the worst affected areas and a flurry of commentary and research into the causes of the disturbances, there is a sense that the city has moved on. However, questions remain around what London’s leaders learned from the situation, and whether there are any issues that still need to be confronted in order to prevent a reoccurrence.

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Keynote Speaker – Rt Hon David Lammy MP:

Rt Hon David Lammy, MP for Tottenham.

David is also the author of Out of the Ashes: Britain after the Riots and an active commentator and campaigner on unemployment and regeneration.




Fitzroy Andrew, Chief Executive at Haringey Association of Voluntary and Community Organisations

Suzanne Hyde, Community Researcher/Writer on the LSE/Guardian report Reading the Riots

Matthew Sims, Chief Executive of Croydon Business Improvement District

Passing the torch: Beyond London 2012

Thursday, July 11th, 11am, at Base London 2013 Conference at UEL Sports Dock. Sponsored by Lewis Silkin.

London 2012 promised both a successful global sporting event, and a legacy spreading from its Stratford epicentre across London and the nation as a whole. While the Games themselves were rightly seen as an international triumph for the UK, the longer-term judgement will be based on how well it fulfils its promises to create new communities in East London, and the wider benefits it brings to the rest of the capital, in terms of housing, transport infrastructure and business investment.

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 Confirmed Speaker:

Neale Coleman CBE, the Mayor of London’s Advisor for Olympic and Paralympic Legacy.

Neale has been involved with London 2012 Olympics since the first days of the bid back in 2003. He is deputy chair of the London Legacy Development Corporation and chaired the Olympic Masterplan Reference Group.



Cllr Karen Alcock, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Housing, London Borough of Hackney

Lara Kinneir, Architect, Designer and Director of Urban Research Projects, CASS