By Max Clarke
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson heads off today to officially open MIPIM, the world’s premier property conference, and promote the unprecedented investment opportunities available in the capital as it gears up for an extraordinary period in its modern history.
The next 18 months will see the global attention turning towards the capital beginning with the Royal Wedding and followed by the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Games in 2012. London has already shown the world how it can deliver the Games infrastructure, from its magnificent Olympic Stadium to all its venues, on time and on budget. Most importantly the capital is far advanced in delivering its 2012 legacy with a huge range of major investment opportunities already arising in the Olympic Park and across east London including the historic Royal Docks. A brand new district of the capital, with excellent transport links, is being created by using the catalyst of delivering the 2012 Games.
During his short stay his packed itinerary will also see him opening the London Stand, addressing delivering two keynote speeches and holding meetings with developers and investors.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said:
"Now is the time to invest in the world’s best big city. London is packed with many golden opportunities for overseas investors and it can only get better. We're already off the starting blocks delivering the London 2012 legacy well over a year before the first athletes have gathered on the starting line. The promise London offers is unrivalled and that is what I will be telling this key gathering of developers and investors."
Over the coming months London will be proudly showing what it has to offer to investors from around the globe. This includes London’s transformation into a true cycle friendly capital with cycle super highways leading into the heart of the city from the outer boroughs and the new cycle hire scheme allowing people to travel short distances in central London on the 6,000 bikes stationed at more than 400 collection points dotted around the city centre.
Programmes to radically improve the capital's environment and quality of life are being delivered across town with new and revamped public spaces emerging as part of the Mayor's £220 million Great Outdoors Programme. These include revitalised parks and squares, 2,012 new community food growing plots as well as 10,000 newly planted street trees across the capital.