Houses of Parliament at night - view from Westminster Bridge

Our London Seminar series launched in 2015, to take the learning, outstanding actions and recommendations from Cumberland Conferences to policymakers and senior public servants, parliamentarians, social commentators and influencers based in central London.

This expanding series of seminars takes the format of afternoon round-table discussions with up to 25 participants, each informed by the findings of one of our recent Conference Reports.


Our first London Seminar took place at the Royal Society in October 2015, as a follow-up to our April 2015 Police Conference on 'Policing Professionalism: Leadership, Ethics and Public Confidence'.

It was chaired by Sara Thornton, Chair of the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) and focused on the implementation of the new Police Code of Ethics and implications of the rcent Police Leadership Review.

On 20 October 2016 we held another seminar on 'A Divided Society: Challenges for Policing’ at Cheyneygates, Westminster Abbey, to discuss outcomes from our conference on the same topic, held at Cumberland Lodge in April 2016.

This year's London Seminar on policing will take place at the House of Lords on Monday 30 October, as a follow-up to our conference on 'Eliminating Modern Slavery: Enhancing the Police Response'.

In November 2017 we will also be hosting a follow-up to our 'Violence Against Women: A Determinant of Health' conference in Westminster.

Chatham House Rule

Our London Seminars are held under the Chatham House Rule, to encourage open and honest debate and discussion. This means that participants are free to use the information they gather from an event, but neither their identity nor affiliation is revealed outside of the room.

Where possible, journalists with an interest in the relevant area are invited to attend for their own learning and information, and to help build constructive networks between participants and the media.