Boris Johnson: 'Thinking globally' is secret of London's success

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has said the secret of the success of London in the 21st century is 'being open to talent from Europe and the rest of the world'.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has said thinking globally is the secret to London's success Credit: Lefteris Pitarakis/PA Wire

Giving a speech at the Global Investment Conference in London this lunchtime he went on to say foreign investment in London includes discussions with ABP of China about their proposals for the Royal Docks, adding he could say no more on the matter at present.

Boris Johnson said education is the most important thing to focus on when building on London's success.

He added 'I don't believe we will help our young people if we close off our markets to talented foreigners, anymore than you would help British football by keeping out Nani'.

The Mayor of London called for the visa system to be improved as it is 'still holding back so many sectors'.

He also said the capital needs to tackle its aviation problems adding that a new solution will be proposed to Sir Howard which does not involve Heathrow.