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Liveable London: Wellbeing, Resilience and City Life

Tuesday 13th September 2016
6:30pm - 8:00pm (doors open at 6pm)
Crypt of St Paul's Cathedral

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This panel discussion will explore what it means for London to be a successful and flourishing city. It fits within two aspects of the Cathedral's current programming: first as part of the activities hosted at St Paul's Cathedral to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, and second as the last of a St Paul's Institute series exploring a Shared Vision for London.

As both a capital city and economic focal point for the United Kingdom, London has a distinctive position as one of the world's most dynamic cities. A new mayor and the recent vote to leave the European Union bring both opportunities and challenges which will require resilience from this metropolis. This event will look at how London has historically responded to economic and political challenges, and consider how relevant past resilience and adaptability is to confront current challenges.

What makes London a resilient city that can so successfully stand the test of time? What does it mean for a city of such size and popularity to be liveable? To what extent did London's very success influence the result of the recent EU referendum? What are the factors beyond economics that make a city great?


Catherine Colebrook - Chief Economist and Associate Director for Economic Policy, IPPR

Sandy Nairne CBE - Curator and writer, formerly Director of the National Portrait Gallery

Nick Spencer - Director of Research, Theos

Chaired by Barbara Ridpath - Director, St Paul's Institute

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This event is open to all who wish to attend and is free. However, we would welcome a donation (we suggest £5)to help cover the running cost from anyone who wishes to make it.