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We are presently advising Battersea Power Station Development Company on how culture can help transform their iconic London site into a leading retail, leisure and lifestyle destination. 


As part of our work, we spoke to several London Business Improvement Districts (BIDs). Our conversations highlight that BIDs increasingly see culture as important to their work.


BID managers mainly spoke about two, interlinked benefits:


First, culture’s contribution to place identity. Culture differentiates places, gives them a distinct identity and puts them on the map for visitors, residents and business investors. For instance, London Bridge BID credits White Cube Gallery and the Shard with making its neighbourhood more desirable.


Second, culture drives footfall and increases local spending. Hammersmith BID found that 90% of visitors to Hammersmith Summer Festival (created by the BID) spent money in the town centre and intend to visit Hammersmith again.


So what can Londoners expect from BIDs in future?

First, greater spend on culture. Both Northbank and London Bridge BIDs talked to us about increasing the budget they allocate to culture.


Second, increasingly ambitious initiatives. Lumiere London (supported by Heart of London Business Alliance and King’s Cross, among others) was the capital’s largest-ever light festival. An estimated 1,000,000 people attended the free event. Every year Northbank BID supports the West End Live free concert in Trafalgar Square, which in 2016 was attended by over 100,000 people.


Third, BIDs working to facilitate access to local cultural venues. London Bridge BID is rolling out the Riverside London app, a free guide for events in the area including attractions like the National Theatre, The Oval, Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe, Borough Market and Tower Bridge.

Increasing support from BIDs is another example of the growing synergy between the private and cultural sector. Next week we will look at how major retail centres view culture.

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Alex Homfray

Associate Director

Alex leads on cultural destinations and regeneration for BOP. He has more than fifteen years of experience of working with local authorities, national agencies and cultural organisations.

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