Future of London delivers outcome-focused research, facilitation and convening for clients from the public, private, and third sectors who appreciate the importance of working with a trusted and independent partner. Service fees help us underwrite the free events and workshops we offer (ask about member rates).

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Qualitative research

FoL conducts interviews and case studies with key stakeholders to gain real-world experience of underlying issues and complement quantitative data (FoL also has respected partners from all areas of quantitative research).

Examples: Housing & Health Inequalities (2020): Guy’s & St Thomas’ Charity has commissioned FoL, along with The King’s Fund and Catherine Max Consulting, to explore the links between housing and multiple long-term health conditions.

Defining London’s New Public Spaces (2020): GLA commissioned Future of London to run a series of workshops with practitioners and users of London’s public spaces. Insight gathered directly informed design guidance for London’s expanded definition of public space, developed by DK-CM architects.

Crossrail as Catalyst (2014, 2018): Working with Crossrail and GVA, FoL collated in-depth responses on Crossrail’s influence on placemaking, regeneration and investment. Download the report.


Focusing on practical outcomes, FoL taps into its extensive network to bring varied expertise and fresh perspectives to sector and organisational issues, helping to build shared understanding and find a way forward.

Example: Making the Case for Place: Working with Regeneris, Arup, Countryside, Pollard Thomas Edwards and other partners, FoL convened a rich mix of practitioners to explore placemaking: what can be measured, where the gaps are, and what tools and strategies are needed to drive consistent and holistic evaluation. Read the write-up.

Facilitating, chairing

FoL facilitates group-led sessions that create a safe space for teams to establish trust and find solutions, backed by research into client context. FoL chairs are impartial, interactive, focused on speaker support and smooth events – where no one eats all the oxygen.

Examples: Facilitation: Southbank Employers’ Group, Brent Business Board, Meridian Water Placemaking, Local London.

Chairing: MIPIM, NLA Big Debate, London Real Estate Forum, Movers & Shakers, RE:WOMEN. See Living Streets In Conversation here.

Tony Travers roundtable

Training, workshops

To support the development of your teams, FoL delivers targeted, practical and interactive training in key skills such as presentation, facilitation, and managing unconscious bias.

Examples: Speaker Showcase: peer-led presentation skills workshops that help participants gain confidence and hone their craft in a safe and constructive environment. Experienced public speakers mentor and participants get bespoke feedback. Read the write-up.

Housing delivery project management: as part of the Council-Led Housing Forum a four-part series took junior project managers through the key stages of housing delivery to build technical knowledge and confidence.

Get in touch

The above is just a flavour of the services on offer from Future of London, led by CEO Nicola Mathers, Executive Director Lisa Taylor and the wider team.

If you’d like to discuss how your organisation can benefit, please contact Head of Networks Oli Pinch.