Keeping our capital working for the UK


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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View a full list of last years events here.

Calendar of events

Apr 19 Thu

London First London Awards dinner

Thursday 19 April 7:00PM - 10:30PM

London First is pleased to present the 7th Annual London First Awards, where key individuals, activities and projects will be recognised for their excellence in making London the best city in the world to work.

This gala black tie evening will welcome business leaders from across all industry sectors as well as London stakeholders.

The categories this year are:

• Improvement to Londoner’s Quality of Life
• Keeping London Moving
• Skills London Award
• Contribution to London’s Cultural Excellence
• Champion for London

The competition is now open.

For more information please visit

In the meantime, for any sponsorship or table booking queries, please contact Beena Chester on 020 7665 1574


London First Chairman’s breakfast with John Allan CBE

Tuesday 24 April 12:00AM

A regular meeting with business leaders from across London First members, the chairman’s breakfasts are hosted by John Allan CBE. This is the ideal opportunity to engage in a lively and informal debate about the key challenges facing London and what we can do to help address them.


Apr 26 Thu

Business leaders' dinner with The Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP, Home Secretary

Thursday 26 April 7:00PM - 9:30PM

We are delighted that The Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP, Home Secretary, will be joining us for a roundtable dinner with senior business leaders. This dinner will be a valuable opportunity to hear first-hand about the Government’s approach for post-Brexit immigration policy, and to discuss the challenges and opportunities for London business at this crucial time.


May 02 Wed

Planning Officer's Society and London First - Roundtable Breakfast on Good Growth by design - how to deliver density

Wednesday 02 May 8:15AM - 9:45AM

The new London Plan introduces a step change for housing delivery in London, including a stronger emphasis on the need to make more efficient use of land through increased densities. The Density Matrix is replaced with a design led approach to site optimisation alongside new policies that promote building more homes on smaller sites, particularly in outer London. Design reviews and digital tools to enable better discussion on design outcomes are also promoted in the plan.

Please join us for a roundtable discussion to explore how we can make more effective use of London’s land through good design.

May 09 Wed

Breakfast briefing with Chief Planner at MHCLG, Steve Quartermain

Wednesday 09 May 8:00AM - 9:45AM

With a number of planning reforms from the Government’s White Paper still outstanding and a new National Planning Policy Framework with proposed reforms to boost housing supply and address concern in the viability process. Coupled with a new Housing and Planning Minister, there is much activity in the planning and development arena. Please join us for a breakfast briefing with Steve Quartermain, Chief Planner at the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government for an update on key issues in planning with the opportunity for questions.


May 10 Thu

What will the Aviation Strategy mean for London business?

Thursday 10 May 6:00PM - 8:00PM

Join us for a drinks reception with the new Aviation Minister, Baroness Sugg, where she will discuss the Government’s Aviation Strategy. This strategy is of great importance to London’s future connectivity, including how it supports growth, modernises its airspace and better links to the capital’s airports.


May 15 Tue

London First Retail Group breakfast

Tuesday 15 May 8:00AM - 9:30AM

The retail group provides a forum for structured information sharing and networking on policies and decisions affecting the success of retail and hospitality sectors in London.

Topics and speaker to be confirmed.


May 16 Wed

Breakfast Roundtable with Christopher Hayward, Chair of the City’s Planning and Transportation committee

Wednesday 16 May 8:00AM - 9:45AM

The Square Mile is the world’s leading international financial and business centre, provides employment for over 370,000 people and is home to 9,000 residents. It has excellent public transport links, arts and cultural facilities of international renown, high quality architecture and historic assets attracting 8.8 million visitors a year.

The City’s economic dynamism and competing demands means there is a high rate of change and development and continued need to improve and invest in infrastructure. Please join us for a breakfast roundtable session with Christopher Hayward, Chair of the City’s Planning and Transportation committee to discuss the changing landscape.


May 17 Thu

Executive PA reception

Thursday 17 May 6:00PM - 8:30PM

Our annual PA event is a prime opportunity for London First EAs and PAs to come together for networking, best practice sharing and to hear what makes this role so vital to our capital’s businesses.
It’s also an opportunity for London First to thank the hard work that our member PAs contribute throughout the year, to making our partnership work so effectively.


May 22 Tue

Life Sciences in London: A private dinner to explore better collaboration

Tuesday 22 May 6:00PM - 9:30PM

London, Cambridge and Oxford form the “golden triangle” – a world-leading inter-connected region for life sciences research, development, manufacturing and commercialisation. London supports a range of such activity including the Harley Street Medical Area, the Francis Crick Institute, Wellcome Trust and University College Hospital); Imperial College London’s  White City Campus; around Whitechapel, associated with Queen Mary University of London; and the London Cancer Hub alongside the research and work being undertaken at London’s universities.

Please join us for a tour of the Francis Crick Institute followed by a private dinner with key stakeholders to explore how London’s life sciences and medical sectors can be better supported.


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