The mayor of London Sadiq Khan has pulled out of appearing at Advertising Week Europe today (23 March) in light of yesterday’s terror attack on Westminster.
The event’s organiser told attendees that Khan is “dealing with the events of yesterday and is required elsewhere”.
The mayor, who was featured prominently in Ad Week 2017’s marketing collateral as part of his office’s #LondonIsOpen campaign, was due on stage with Evening Standard editor Sarah Sands – who will soon be controversially replaced by George Osborne.
Hosted in London’s Piccadilly, the event as a whole appears largely unaffected by yesterday’s attack on the capital, although bag checks have noticeably ramped up at the main venue of Picturehouse Central.
This morning US politician and environmentalist filmmaker Al Gore kicked off the final day of the conference by expressing his solidarity with – and condolences to – London.