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.

For a full list of our events please click here.

View our Past Events or a full list of last years events here.

Calendar of events

Sep 02 Wed

London Mayoral Election 2016 – meet the candidates: Andrew Boff AM, Conservative

Wednesday 02 September 8:15AM - 9:30AM

In 2016, Londoners will take to the polls to elect a new Mayor of London.

Ahead of the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat selection processes, please join us to hear how Andrew Boff AM would harness the unique opportunities that London has to offer, and help maintain the capital’s position as the best city in the world to live, work and visit.


Sep 08 Tue

London First Chairman’s breakfast with John Allan CBE

Tuesday 08 September 8:15AM - 9:30AM

This small breakfast meeting chaired by London First Chairman, John Allan CBE, will provide members with a chance to raise their concerns and discuss the challenges of doing business in the capital.


Sep 09 Wed

Let Britain Fly Parliamentary Breakfast Briefing: Building cross-party support for a quick decision on airport expansion  

Wednesday 09 September 8:00AM - 9:30AM

Let Britain Fly will hold a high-profile breakfast event for members of the business community and MPs. With the Airports Commission’s Final Report recommending a new runway at Heathrow, this event will allow the business community call on the Government to make a decision on airport expansion by the end of the year, and to hold a vote in parliament on the issue by summer 2016.

Speakers include:

Louise Ellman MP, Chair of the Transport Select Committee
John Holland-Kaye, Chief Executive of Heathrow Airport.


Venue: Westminster location

Sponsorship  opportunity for members

Sep 10 Thu

What has skilled migration ever done for us? Breakfast roundtable discussion with Sir David Metcalf CBE, Chair, Migration Advisory Committee on the Tier 2 Consultation

Thursday 10 September 8:00AM - 10:00AM

Determined to reduce immigration, the Government is trying to ‘wean business off its addiction to skilled migrants’.  Yet, these migrants are so important to London’s growth and success as a global talent hub.  The Government has commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee  to review the Tier 2 migration route, used by business to bring the skills it needs from outside Europe to London. This breakfast discussion will give members an opportunity to raise their views directly with the Chair of the MAC, Sir David Metcalf CBE.


Sep 10 Thu

London First Business Lunch with John Allan CBE, Chairman, London First and our Guest Speaker Lord Daniel Finkelstein OBE

Thursday 10 September 12:30PM - 2:30PM

London First is pleased to introduce a new event: the London Summer Business Lunch, bringing together London’s business and political leaders.

This annual lunch will be hosted by our Chairman, John Allan CBE, whose other London interests include chairmanship of Barratt Developments and Tesco. It will be an opportunity to hear about the consequences of the General Election for London and some first thoughts about the upcoming Mayoral Election in May 2016.

The lunch will feature a keynote address from Lord Daniel Finkelstein OBE, a writer and politician who has been at the centre of Conservative party policy for over twenty years.

We are delighted to be hosting this event at the newly developed Ten Trinity Square, in the same room as the reception which followed the inaugural meeting of the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1946.

Although our meeting may not be as historic as the United Nations event, we do hope you will be able to join us for what promises to be a great get-together of the people and businesses that make London a world-leading city.

To book or sponsor please visit the London First Business Lunch website.

Sep 14 Mon

London Mayoral Election 2016 – meet the candidates: Syed Kamall MEP, Conservative

Monday 14 September 8:15AM - 9:30AM

In 2016, Londoners will take to the polls to elect a new Mayor of London. Ahead of the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat selection processes, please join us to hear how Syed Kamall MEP would harness the unique opportunities that London has to offer, and help maintain the capital’s position as the best city in the world to live, work and visit.


Sep 15 Tue

A London First evening in support of the Francis Crick Institute, with Sir Edward Lister, Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor for Planning, Greater London Authority and Mike Lynch OBE, Founder, Autonomy

Tuesday 15 September 6:30AM - 7:30AM

London First members are invited to a timely discussion on Med City and London’s jobs and growth, as we move closer to the opening of the Francis Crick Institute. During the evening, Sir Edward Lister alongside Mike Lynch OBE, Founder of Autonomy and supporter of Cancer Research UK, will set out the case for investment in London’s newest medical initiative. The Francis Crick Institute is a visionary collaboration between six of the world’s leading medical research organisations: Cancer Research UK; The Medical Research Council; The Wellcome Trust; UCL; King’s College London; and Imperial College London. The arrival of the Francis Crick Institute will not only lead to new ground breaking medical discovery but also cement our capital as a world leading city.


Sep 15 Tue

Political change: What does the new Government mean for London? A property focused post-election roundtable discussion with: Chris Grigg, British Land, Sir Edward Lister, Greater London Authority, and Tony Pidgely CBE, Berkeley Group

Tuesday 15 September 8:15AM - 10:00AM

This invitation only event follows on from a pre-election discussion which analysed the main political party manifesto commitments. With a newly elected Government in place, this roundtable discussion is an opportunity for attendees to hear how City Hall is working with the new administration and what the broad sentiment of the property market is following the election.



Sep 16 Wed

Report Launch: Housing Density in London

Wednesday 16 September 8:15AM - 9:30AM

London needs to double its housing output to 50,000 homes a year. One of the ways to hit this target is to increase the density of residential development in London but how can this be achieved and what areas of London can sustainably support this type of development?

Join us for the launch of a new London First and Savills report which will answer these questions and more as we reimagine housing density in London.


Sep 18 Fri

Business and Tower Hamlets: Working Together with Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs

Friday 18 September 8:30AM - 10:00AM

Mayor John Biggs was elected as Mayor of Tower Hamlets in June 2015. This breakfast will be an opportunity to meet with Mayor Biggs as he summarises his vision for the borough and outlines how he hopes to work with business to attract jobs and economic growth to the area.


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