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If your interest in London’s buildings and locations extends to maps, plans and views, you might like to join the London Topographical Society.  Founded in 1880 the Society is a registered charity which concentrates on publishing books and sheet material illustrating the history, growth and topography of London of all periods.

As a publishing society we do not organise meetings (apart from our AGM) or visits but focus our energies on attractive publications and our newsletter.

The annual subscription is £20 (reduced to £18 if paid by standing order) for which members receive the Society’s annual publication, a 20-page newsletter which is published twice a year and a 25% discount on past publications – as well as refreshments at our AGMs held in historically interesting buildings in central London, often not open to the public.  This year’s AGM was held in the splendid Great Hall at St. Bart’s Hospital.

Annual publications are varied, such as the 2016 publication “London Plotted: Plans of London Buildings c.1450-1720” by Dorian Gerhold, Hardback, 320pp, 22 x 30.5 cm (RRP £35) and last year’s which was “London Topographical Record, Vol XXXI”, a five-yearly collection of essays and illustrations contributing to the knowledge of London’s past (RRP £25).  The full list of publications can be found on the Society’s website at: www.londontopsoc.org/latest-publications

New members are always welcome.  If you’d like to join us please visit our website:  www.londontopsoc.org/home

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london-society-paper-3-1The London Society’s latest White Paper – “Re/Shaping London:Unlocking Sustainable Growth in West London and Beyond” sets out a radical agenda for change across England. It includes proposals for a new ‘Green Web’ to be introduced to replace the ‘Green Belt’. Exploring the scope for change in the west of the capital, suggesting that a West London ‘Green Web’ could alone accommodate 100,000 new homes (equivalent to four new towns!) and includes demands for a new Garden City at Northolt Airport, new suburban railway and suburban densification.

The report is available to read online or to download below.

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London Society members can read each issue of Planning in London magazine for free. The October-December issue is below.

Planning in London is the journal of the London Planning & Development Forum.

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An architectural Walking Tour of St James’s on Sunday 20 November 11am to 1pm with RIBA Friends.

Mike Althorpe (‘The London Ambler’) will be leading this walking tour of St James’s. Situated right in the heart of the west end, the area is characterised by sophistication and refinement. Mike will chars the development of this unique place through its key buildings, streets and spaces.

Tickets are £15 for RIBA Friends and £20 for non-members and are available by calling 020 7307 3809. If you have any queries, please contact Lisa or Flora at friends@riba.org

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st-pauls_670We’ve added the facility to give gift memberships to the London Society.

Both individual and family/dual memberships are available, simply click on this link.

All memberships run for 12 months from the date that they are set up by us.

We’ll send the new member a copy of a recent London Society Journal to welcome them.

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view-looking-to-the-apollo-recess-and-dome-area-from-the-sepulchral-chamber-photo_-gareth-gardnerIf you haven’t visited the Sir John Soane’s Museum for a while, you’re in for a surprise (reports Andrew Humphreys). It’s more beguiling and madcap than ever. Just last month, a seven-year, £7m programme of restoration concluded that has returned the unique Georgian house-cum-museum to the original design of neoclassical architect and collector Sir John Soane.

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Do you a little bit of time to spare to help out the Society?

The Society’s Blue Plaque Initiative includes two concerts this autumn. The first is a jazz event on 31 October at Pizza Express Soho, the second a folk concert at Cecil Sharp House on 3 November.

As well as having a couple of great evenings of music, one of the key elements of the initiative is to apply for Blue Plaques for four London musicians :

  • Ewan MacColl: English folk singer/songwriter, communist, labour activist, actor, poet, playwright and record producer.
  • Sandy DennyEnglish singer and songwriter, perhaps best known as the lead singer for the folk rock band Fairport Convention.
  • Ronnie ScottEnglish jazz tenor saxophonist and jazz club owner.
  • Leslie ThompsonA Jamaican jazz trumpeter who moved to England in 1929

We need a keen research volunteer to join the organising team to aid with the application process. In return we can offer a great deal of gratitude (and probably a couple of free tickets).

For more information please contact Society Trustee Ben Derbyshire  –ben.derbyshire@hta.co.uk

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cubwvinweaeuatkOn the 20th October, the London Society launches its new White Paper, Re/Shaping London written by Jonathan Manns and Dr Nicholas Falk.

Join us for the launch (published in connection with the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for London’s Planning and Built Environment). As well as the presentation by the Paper’s authors, there will be discussion from Colin Wilson (Senior Manager, GLA), Max Farrell (Farrells & West London Business’ Commission for the Built Environment) and Rupa Huq (MP for Ealing Central and Acton). You can register here for tickets.

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hawks-booksAs a member of the London Society, chances are your home contains a well-curated shelf of London books. You might even run to a bookcase full. Still, we’re betting you’ve got a way to go to equal Hawk Norton. Norton, who used to work in the printing business, reckons he has approximately 5,000 books relating to the UK capital, constituting what must be the largest private collection on the subject. They are housed in his Brentford home, shelved from floor to ceiling, with stacked boxes struggling to contain the overflow. It started around 40 years ago with a single book, a present from his mother: now the collection includes everything from the first published survey of London, compiled by John Stow in 1598, to Peter Murray’s 2016 Streets Ahead: The Future of London’s Roads, as well as antique prints and maps. Even as he is still adding new titles, Norton reluctantly decided to reclaim some of his living space and began selling off his books. He has just issued his latest catalogue, which runs to 129 pages of small type. With the books listed under categories including ‘Lost London’, ‘Under London’ and ‘London’s Dead’ it makes fantastic reading in itself. Send an email to hawk@btinternet.com to request a pdf copy and prepare to spend.

 

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sadiq-khan-takes-first-mayor-question-time-e47runxgcs7lOrganised by London Planning Analyst, with Planning in London Magazine, and hosted by Colliers International, 50 George Street, London W1U 7GA.

London has a new mayor. Brexit is looming. Two factors that have an enormous impact on politics and policies in the capital. London Planning Analyst’s inaugral conference will focus on the strategic opportunities new Mayor Sadiq Khan should seize, and our speakers will argue for policy changes to deliver the homes and work spaces we need. A day-long conference for investors, developers, housebuilders, consultants, designers, planners, politicians and anyone interested in London’s future, focusing on the two main land uses in London – homes and workspace. The conference will include:

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