The report benchmarks London’s cultural offer against four other world cities: Paris, New York, Tokyo and Shanghai and is the first comprehensive such undertaking compiled according to international standards. It was the progenitor of the full-fledged World Cities Cultural Forum which now benchmarks 42 world cities and has held an annual forum engaging their cultural leaderships since 2012.
This is the final version of the original report, which was published by the London Development Agency in March 2008 under the auspices of the Greater London Authority. Since I can no longer find the original on the website of the GLA, I have now uploaded the original full version to the academia site, since it is an important archival item, a keystone in the history of cultural evaluation.
The report fully acknowledges the many contributors, too numerous to mention here, to the final report.