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The DNA of London

London sits on the South-East corner of a temperate and fertile island, with the easterly flowing, tidal River Thames with the westerly wind. We discover that London’s endowed assets of island location, river, winds and temperate climate have combined with inherited and acquired traits in decision-making, global trade, wealth creation, civic freedom, innovation, creativity, diversity, connectivity and global reach to produce a resilient and diverse metropolis of large scale, high productivity, soft power, self-confidence and reinvention. Many cities compete with London in lots of areas, but very few cities compete with London in everything. But why is that and why London?

© Mike Stezycki

Listen to The DNA of London - Part I here: 

Listen to The DNA of London - Part II here: 


We wish to thank Laura Citron, Professor Vanessa Harding, Rt Hon David Lammy MP and Professor Tony Travers for sharing their insights with us in this episode. If you'd like to find out more, you can read our full interviews with them by clicking below:

Laura Citron

London & Partners

Prof Vanessa Harding

Historic Towns Trust

Rt Hon David Lammy MP

Member of Parliament for Tottenham

Prof Tony Travers

LSE London

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