From large-scale networking events, bringing together senior political and business leaders, to small-scale consultations which engage members and stakeholders in our policy development, London First runs a wide range of events.

Event details on our website are for information purposes only. If you wish to be involved in any of these events – as an attendee, speaker, sponsor or host – please contact the person listed.

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Calendar of events

Feb 03 Tue

London Planning Awards 2014/15 with Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

Tuesday 03 February 4:30PM - 7:30PM

This annual awards ceremony, held at City Hall, recognises and rewards the contribution of planners to London’s urban renaissance. This year, the London Planning Awards will be celebrating 12 years of planning excellence in London. For more information or to apply for one of the awards please visit:


Feb 03 Tue

London Planning Awards 2014/15 - Partner and Sponsor dinner

Tuesday 03 February 8:00PM - 10:00PM

Following the Mayor of London’s annual London Planning Awards ceremony, Sir Edward Lister will join London First members for a small informal dinner discussion. The event will be an opportunity to hear the latest thinking on planning policy issues taking place in City Hall.




Feb 10 Tue

Crossrail 2 - getting the project off the page and into construction

Tuesday 10 February 6:00PM - 7:30PM

Followed by drinks reception

Announcing funding for a full business case for Crossrail 2, the Chancellor recently stated: “Now we need to look at how to get the idea off the page and into construction.”

As part of our ongoing work to champion the project, this event provides an opportunity for members to explore some of the key issues around funding, development and planning which must be resolved for Crossrail 2 to become a reality.

The event brings together a number of leading speakers, with representatives of the TfL/ Network Rail project team also being present.  Following initial comments, the emphasis of the event will be on having a wider discussion with all attendees about how the project can move forward.

– The funding challenge: Ray Mills, Partner, PWC (authors of the recently published TfL/ DfT Crossrail 2 funding study)
– Maximising the development potential: Ian Liddell, Head of Development, WSP
– Securing planning approval: Angus Walker, Partner, Bircham Dyson Bell

Chair: David Leam, Infrastructure Director, London First




Feb 11 Wed

Roundtable discussion with Simon Holden, Chief Executive, NHS Property Services

Wednesday 11 February 8:15AM - 9:30AM

Releasing surplus public land is a perennial issue, characterised by fragmentation and a lack of resource across the public sector. Join us for a roundtable discussion with Simon Holden, Chief Executive, NHS Property Services – the Government company set up to manage, maintain and improve NHS properties and facilities, working in partnership with NHS organisations.

Simon will discuss how one part of the public sector is managing its estate, explaining how it is assessing its assets and disposing of the surplus ones. Examples will be given of property deals that have been carried out or that are in the pipeline. Simon will also discuss how NHS Property Services wants to engage with the private sector to regenerate sites and build more homes.


Feb 12 Thu

Tackling Cyber Fraud

Thursday 12 February 8:00AM - 9:30AM

Fraud and cyber-crime are significant and growing problems across all sectors of society, and especially business. The National Fraud Authority estimates that in 2013 the loss to the UK economy through fraud was £52 billion. A recent report showed that companies based in London were not fully aware of the threat posed by cyber-crime and could be undermining the capital’s reputation as a safe place to do business. It was also felt that the threat was under-reported and that the cost of cyber-crime to business had ballooned, especially among smaller companies. This briefing will shed some light on the accurate picture and the steps that businesses can take to protect themselves.

David Hicks, Head of Forensics, KPMG




Feb 24 Tue

London First Greenbelt Report, followed by drinks reception

Tuesday 24 February 6:00PM - 7:30PM

London is a 21st century world city widely regarded as as one the most dynamic places to live and work. But it is a city spatially constrained by the Victorian inspired concept of the greenbelt, first introduced in the 1930s.

Join us for the launch of a fascinating new report which explores what type and quality of land is actually contained in London’s greenbelt and how some of this land could be used to help tackle London’s housing crisis.

Presentations will be given by the report’s authors Barney Stringer, Quod, Professor Paul Cheshire, LSE and Jonathan Seager, London First followed by a Q&A with members.




Feb 25 Wed

Dinner with Clive Betts MP, Chairman of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee

Wednesday 25 February 7:00PM - 9:30PM

Following the recent Inquiry into the operation of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), this timely dinner will provide attendees with an opportunity to discuss the recommendations made by the Select Committee. The Inquiry focused on how the NPPF has operated over the last two years on housing delivery, town centre management and the delivery of energy infrastructure.  The recommendations are not expected to seek wholesale changes to the NPPF but the specified areas of policy under review could have a major impact on changes on national planning policy if the findings are accepted by the Government.




Mar 04 Wed

Future Leaders Summit: Driving the Growth of London's GVA and Jobs of the Future

Wednesday 04 March 8:00AM - 6:30PM

London First is orchestrating an economic development plan for London, on behalf of the Mayor’s economic advisory body, the London Enterprise Panel.  This interactive one-day conference will challenge future leaders from across our membership to develop a strategic plan to take the economic development plan forward to the implementation stage.  We’ll hear from experts in the fields of economic development and city growth, debating our capital’s position in the future global market and what needs to be delivered to ensure London’s competitive future. The event aims to give future and current executives a chance to share their views with other young, aspiring business people. Please visit for more information.



In partnership with Canary Wharf Group Plc

Sponsored by D&D and HS1

Mar 09 Mon

Welcome to MIPIM drinks reception with Sir Edward Lister, Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor, Policy and Planning, Greater London Authority

Monday 09 March 8:00PM - 10:30PM

London First members attending the MIPIM conference in Cannes are invited to join us to discuss the international real estate conference, in advance of the opening on Tuesday 10 March.


Mar 10 Tue

Residential Lunch at MIPIM with Richard Blakeway, Deputy Mayor for Housing, Land and Property

Tuesday 10 March 12:30PM - 2:00PM

London First members are invited to join London First at a roundtable lunch discussion with Richard Blakeway, Deputy Mayor for Housing, Land and Property


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