Plans to mark the anniversaries of last year’s terrorist attacks in the capital, including London Bridge, have been revealed.
A focal point has been set up at City Hall to bring the city together in an act of solidarity after consultation with fourteen bereaved families, survivors, the emergency services and local councils.
The public will be able to pay their respects at a 3D installation of #LondonUnited, which will be located at City Hall.
The space opened on the anniversary of the first attack in Westminster today, March 22, and will remain open to the public until the anniversary of the Finsbury Park attack on June 19.
The phrase will also be projected on to the Houses of Parliament, London Bridge, Finsbury Park Mosque and Parsons Green Tube station on the anniversaries of the attacks.
The public will be able to sign a digital book of hope, and share messages using the hashtag #LondonUnited on social media, which will then be projected onto a map of London.
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “We will never forget the bravery of our emergency services and first responders who ran towards danger while urging the rest of us to run to safety.
“And we will never forget the courage of PC Keith Palmer who paid the ultimate sacrifice whilst protecting Parliament.
“These were not only attacks on our city and our country, but on the very heart of our democracy and the values we cherish most – freedom, justice and tolerance.
“We know that families, friends and communities have their own private arrangements in place to mark this tragic anniversary, and our plans here at City Hall are intended to complement, without intruding on, individual private commemorations.”
“As we enter this period of remembrance and reflection, we stand together as Londoners, united against terrorism and in hope for the future.”
Councillor Peter John, leader of Southwark Council, added: “The attacks in London Bridge and Borough on June 3 last year left a lasting impact on the people of Southwark, and we will be remembering all those who lost their lives and were harmed by the attacks on that date locally.
“But the horrific events of last spring and summer were not an attack on London Bridge or Westminster or any other one place, but an attack on our great city, and the London way of life.
“We stood united then in the face of terror, and it is right that we do so again, both to remember everyone who was harmed last year, and to also look forward with confidence as one city, strong and united.”