The politics of fair fares: from Livingstone to Khan

The tightening squeeze on Transport for London’s finances has generated a predictable political wrangle over Sadiq Khan’s fares policy, with opponents arguing that his partial freeze is to blame because it’s hitting TfL revenues. This […]


Colin Wiles: it really is time for a Green Belt rethink

As this debut piece for On London shows, Colin Wiles has decades of experience in London housing, including with local authorities and housing associations. He is currently a fellow of both the Chartered Institute of […]


Q&A: Bob Neill MP on London Conservatism, Brexit and the capital’s future

Bob Neill has been the Conservative MP for Bromley and Chislehurst since winning a by election in June 2006. Before that he was a member of the very first London Assembly, elected in 2000 and […]


The London of Doris Lessing: in defence of the Underground

The novelist and playwright Doris Lessing (1919-2013) was born in Iran, brought up in what was then called Southern Rhodesia and lived in London from 1949. In 1957 she wrote: “One evening, walking across the park, […]


Let 2018 be the year London renews its Good City ambitions

Optimism is a customary pleasure of New Year, but London enters 2018 with grounds for apprehension. For more than three decades the capital has grown in size and power, its population soaring and its economy booming, to […]


London Mayors at Christmas, past and present

Christmas broadcasts by London Mayors have yet to embed themselves in the festive viewing habits of the capital, but Sadiq Khan has made a decent job of looking back at a year scarred by terrorist attacks and the Grenfell […]


London 2012 Olympic Park: landscape of dispersal and renewal

We’ve just passed the fifth anniversary of the London 2012 Olympics, with all its sweat, glory and pride. The event sold Britain in the most positive image of its capital: a thriving, enterprising, multi-ethnic, multicultural […]