The following distinguished organisations and individuals have consented to be named as friends of this website. That doesn’t mean they share every opinion expressed here or every priority for coverage. But it does mean they are glad the site exists and are in broad sympathy with its aims. All of those listed here have been of help to me in different ways during the time I’ve been writing about London. I’m hopeful that they might help me further by contributing the odd article now and then. Thank you to them all.
Future of London is an increasingly influential network of of some 3,000 policy makers and practitioners. They share ideas about how to make the city better and fairer. Read more about FoL here. Read about its chief executive, Lisa Taylor, here.
Centre for London is the capital’s only dedicated think tank. Politically independent, it describes its aim as helping London to “build on its long history of trade, innovation and public life and create a prosperous city that works for everyone”. Read about the Centre and its excellent work here.
Tony Travers is Professor of Government at the London School of Economics. He is one the capital’s most prolific and respected public academics and the author of, among other books, The Politics of London and, more recently, London’s Boroughs At 50.
LSE London is a group of senior academics at the London School of Economics who specialise in key London issues, such as governance, environment, culture, work, planning and housing. They include Tony Travers (see above), Christine Whitehead, Ian Gordon, Richard Sennett and Kathleen Scanlon.
Jerry White is an eminent London historian. His books range from sweeping, richly detailed accounts of whole centuries in the capital’s life, such as London in the 20th Century, to intimate microhistories that illuminate big themes of their time. More of Jerry’s books are listed here.
The London Society describes itself as “for all those who love London”. It was founded in 1912 by eminent Londoners, including Sir Edwin Lutyens and Aston Webb, to debate plans for the capital’s future. That mission continues today, with events, publications and close links with London Members of Parliament. You can join the Society via here.
Paradise Road Books is a new independent publisher of non-fiction books about London, founded by former Time Out writer and editor Andrew Humphreys. The first Paradise Road title was Peter Watts’s Up In Smoke, a superb history of Battersea Power Station. Read about that here.
Alan Rusbridger is the former editor-in-chief of the Guardian. His achievements in that role included winning the Pulitzer Prize in 2014 and giving me my self-published On London column – originally known as Dave Hill’s London blog – in 2008. Readers will decide which they think the more impressive. Alan is presently principal of Lady Margaret Hall and chair of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University.