Mayor's press releases

Mayor paves way for multi-million pound renewal of Kidbrooke estate
3 June 2009

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has today approved plans to radically redevelop one of the largest and most deprived housing estates in London and improve the quality of life for thousands of local people.

Dated, crumbling housing on the Ferrier estate in Kidbrooke will be replaced by...

History matters - why you should discover more tales of our dynamic city
3 June 2009

Get out and explore the capital. That's the message from London Mayor Boris Johnson, who today officially launched the month-long Story of London festival at the Tower of London.

Boris Johnson says Fourth Plinth project will continue but backs memorial to Sir Keith Park
3 June 2009

Mayor of London Boris Johnson today met with Munira Mirza, Director of Arts, Culture and the Creative Industries Policy, and Ekow Eshun, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts, who has recently been appointed Chair of the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group.

It was the Mayor's...

Mayor calls on London's businesses to think global
1 June 2009

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has today unveiled his plans to help more London businesses to market their goods and services around the world and take advantage of the weak pound. A strong and growing export market is vital to helping London through the recession, ensure its...

Mayor announces £1.4 million for rape crisis centres
29 May 2009

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson has announced £1.4 million to improve the provision of rape crisis centres in London.

This funding over three years has been found through efficiency savings achieved since the Mayor took office and is an important step in delivering the manifesto...

Trafalgar Square fountains upgrade turns them 'green' and many other colours
29 May 2009

The latest stage in the transformation of Trafalgar Square is formally unveiled this week, following the refurbishment and contemporary makeover of the Grade II* listed fountains.

Response to RMT's threatened Tube strike
28 May 2009

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said:

“Here we are in London trying to do our best to cope with the most challenging economic climate for a long time, and I cannot believe the RMT leadership are asking their members, the majority of whom have not voted for this strike, to take part in...

Wayne Hemingway launches 'pop up shop' to provide free retail space for new creative businesses in London
27 May 2009

Designers Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway MBE have today called for budding creative entrepreneurs to come forward to sell their products from 'KiosKiosK' - an innovative 'pop up shop' that will provide free temporary retail space for start-up businesses in central London this summer. 

Major boost for Jubilee Line
25 May 2009

The Jubilee line is set to receive a real boost with longer trains together with a host of improvements across the line, Mayor of London Ken Livingstone announced today.

From January 2006, an extra seventh carriage is to be added to all Jubilee line trains, boosting passenger capacity by...

Mayor unveils increase in the London Living Wage
22 May 2009

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, today announced that he is increasing the London Living Wage to £7.60 per hour, a rise of 15p. This represents an increase of 2 per cent on last year’s figure, and an overall increase of 13.4 per cent since the London Living Wage was introduced in 2005 at £6....

Mayor aims to halve capital's severe overcrowding by 2016
21 May 2009

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson announced today an ambitious pledge to halve severe overcrowding in London’s social housing sector by 2016, the first city in the UK to make this commitment, together with proposals to deliver more family-sized affordable housing. 

As the Mayor...

Statement regarding Buckingham Palace invitations
21 May 2009

The Mayor of London today welcomed the commitment from the Chair of the London Assembly to pursue the matter of the invitation to Buckingham Palace of the Leader of the BNP and resolve it.

The Chair of the London Assembly, Darren Johnson AM said earlier, ‘I totally agree with the Mayor...

Crime down 8 per cent on tube
20 May 2009

Statistics released today (20 May) by the British Transport Police (BTP) show crime has continued to drop on the Tube and DLR (Docklands Light Railway) networks - with robberies being cut by 29 per cent this year.  Since 2005/6, the Tube and DLR have seen robberies fall by 73 per cent,...

Mayor invites the world to 'plug in' to London's electric vehicle revolution
19 May 2009

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, today addressed Mayors from around the world at the C40 Climate Change Summit in Seoul, detailing London’s delivery plans to become a world leader in electric vehicle usage – the Mayor committed to share this experience to help other C40 cities to do the same...

Albert Basin and Elephant and Castle selected for newly launched climate positive development program
19 May 2009

Two projects - Albert Basin, East London, and Elephant & Castle, London Borough of Southwark were announced today as two of 16 founding projects of the Climate Positive Development Program, a Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) program that will support the development of large-scale urban...