High streets

High streets are vital to London:

  • Outside the centre of London, over half of London’s jobs are spread across 600 high streets
  • Two thirds of Londoners live within a five minute walk of a high street
  • Almost half of Londoners do not leave their local area daily
  • Two thirds of London’s developable land is on or near a high street

Supporting high streets

The Mayor’s ambition is for high streets to accommodate a wider mix of uses, including some of London’s new housing. With help, many of London’s high streets can become more exciting centres of life, full of economic and cultural energy.

Our priorities include:

  • animating empty shops, disused buildings and underused outdoor spaces - through both temporary and permanent activities
  • creating more welcoming and attractive high streets where people want to spend time - through events, public realm improvements and investment to ensure accessibility for all
  • improving building frontages - through bold new colours, materials, imagery and signage
  • increasing the delivery of new housing and jobs in town centres across London
  • helping high street businesses to make better use of technology, refresh their marketing, and diversify their offer
  • ensuring high streets are places for a diverse range of start-ups and SMEs, with plenty of affordable workspace
  • supporting the formation of new organisations and groups that help London’s high streets and can continue to do so in the long-term

Our research and guidance

Investing in high street projects

High streets are diverse and flexible places. They adapt and change over time, as centres for retail, but also where people live, socialise, work, access services and watch life as it passes by. Our investment must support all of this and be tailored to unique local contexts.

Since 2011 we have invested over £129m to ensure our high streets improve and thrive through the Outer London Fund, Mayor’s Regeneration Fund and High Street Fund. This investment is now benefiting over 100 high streets in London. We work in partnership with local authorities, residents, traders and organisations such as Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) and Traders & Residents Associations. 

The London Regeneration Fund (LRF) allocated £20m of grant funding to 24 High Streets and Places of Work projects to be delivered by March 2018.

High Streets For All

We look at the diverse economic, social and physical characteristics of high streets so that we can really understand how they are valued by Londoners. This will help us make the strongest case for advocating, intervening and investing in London’s high streets.

West End Good Growth

This study has been jointly commissioned with Westminster City Council to develop an evidence-based approach to achieve good growth in the West End. It develops scenarios for the West End economy to 2041, to explore the impact of different approaches to city growth and management.

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