Has London REALLY changed in the last decade?

Has London changed that much in the last ten years? Did we really do anything hugely different then than we are now? Has the landscape changed much in terms of the arts, business, sports and economics? This article will take a fun, irreverent and reminiscent look at how our wonderful city has shifted in time over the last decade…

Let’s start with the facts –

 

2004

2014

Prime Minister

Tony Blair (Lab)

David Cameron (Con)

Mayor of London

Ken Livingstone (Lab)

Boris Johnson (Con)

Tallest Building in London

One Canada Square (771 ft)

The Shard (1,004 ft)

Unemployed in London

260,000 (approx.)

368,000 (approx.)*

Population

7.3m (approx.)

8.3m (approx.)

Average House Price

£125,000 (approx.)

£380,000 (approx.)

Pint of Milk

35p

49p

*Source: Office of National Statistics

In the news, serial killer Harold Shipman was found dead in his cell; 23 Chinese cockle pickers drowned at Morecambe Bay; Maxine Carr, convicted of ‘assisting an offender’ in the Soham murder case was released under a false identity;  relatively unknown football coach Jose Mourinho is appointed manager of Chelsea; it was the 60thanniversary of D-Day; England are (unsurprisingly) knocked out of Euro 2004 on penalties by Cristiano ‘winker’ Ronaldo  and his Portugal team; Chancellor Gordon Brown announces plans to cut 100,000 civil service jobs; Great Britain won nine gold, nine silver and 12 bronze medals at the Olympics in Athens; British hostage Ken Bigley is beheaded by Iraqi militants; Home Secretary David Blunkett resigned and the tsunami in the Indian Ocean killed 228,000 people including 9,000 Europeans.

In the world of entertainment, the biggest selling artists in the UK were Eminem, Britney Spears, Scissor Sisters, Franz Ferdinand and The Streets; films released includedAnchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Scorsese’s The Aviator with Leonardo DiCaprio, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban; Pegg and Frost-inspired Shaun of the Dead and Oscar-winning Million Dollar Baby.

In sport, Mourinho-inspired Porto beat Monaco in the Champions League final, Greece surprise everyone by beating Portugal on their home turf in the final of Euro 2004, legendary football manager Brian Clough died at the age of 69, Justin Gatlin was Olympic 100m champion winning in a time of 9.85s (Usain Bolt’s record is now 9.58s), the Great Britain 4x100m team triumphed in Athens, Team Europe beat Team USA 18½ – 9½ to retain the Ryder Cup, Amberleigh House won the Grand National and ‘Rocket’ Ronnie O’Sullivan won the World Snooker Championship.

Fast-forward a decade and where the news is concerned, nothing very much has changed. People are still doing awful things to each other, politicians are headline news often for the wrong reasons and England are still rubbish at football!

It’s evident that after years of recession, public sector cuts and financial turbulence, London remains a spectacularly exciting, vibrant and global city at the forefront of fashion, trade, technology and food (we now have 61 Michelin-starred restaurants in London). Also, due to the dearth of creative talent, we can now attract world-class tech behemoths such as Amazon, Google, Cisco, Facebook and Intel. While we retain cautious optimism, the economy is showing real and lasting signs of recovery as more and more businesses look for commercial property in the West End and surrounds. Of course with international businesses arriving, international staff will arrive and Euracom has a wide range of corporate apartments in London. Have a look at our site and then call us for information.

There has been a noticeable move towards a denser, more sustainable and urban style of living (with a much higher concentration of tall buildings going up). There are noticeably more bicycles on our streets, more and more people and businesses paying attention to recycling and having one eye on sustainability and over the last decade, there has been an explosion of farmer’s markets popping up all over the city trying to persuade Londoners to buy local. And we are.

Immigration has been the textbook political hot potato for the last decade and with any diaspora, issues will almost certainly arise about the numbers coming in but collectively, we rely more and more on Europe, so can we have our cake and eat it? It’s a discussion that will undoubtedly run and run.

As with any major city, London has it’s fair share of challenges moving forward into 2014 and beyond including urban regeneration, housing and economic development and given our unprecedented funding and delivery situation, it’s become vital for people to come together to share best practice, to develop thinking that is both innovative yet practical and to invest in the future to keep our city relevant, vibrant, cosmopolitan and exciting.

What are your memories of London over the last ten years? What changes have you seen that you like and dislike? What should we be doing but aren’t? We’d love to hear your feedback, thoughts and ideas.

As always, Euracom can satisfy your accommodation requirements in Londonincluding holiday and vacation apartments in London, student apartments in Londonand corporate accommodation in London so please call us on +44 (0) 20 8420 7666 or email info@euracom.co.uk and we will happily talk you through everything you need to know.


By Rob at 20 Jan 2014, 11:21 AM