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Peter Murray

Are you interested in books about London, or set in the capital?

There’s a proposal for the London Society to set up a Book Group to discuss books – fiction, non-fiction, history, biography, whatever – that relate to London.

We’d write up the discussions and post them online, and invite comments from people who’ve also read the title, but who weren’t at the meeting. The idea is that we encourage as many people as we can to read the very best books about the capital.

As well as members of the group, we’d need someone to do some organising behind the scenes – letting members know which title is going to be discussed next and arranging meeting times.

You wouldn’t need to be a member of the London Society to take part.

If you’re interested in joining or in helping to run the group, please click on this link we’ll be in touch.


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Issue 104 of Planning in London – the journal of the London Planning & Development Forum – has just been published. You can download a PDF version of the magazine here, or read the online edition below.


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The Autumn Winter 2017 edition of the Journal of the London Society is dropping on doormats throughout the capital, and is also available to be bought from the Society for just £7.50 (details here).

New members will receive the Journal free – you can join here.

Editor Jessica Cargill Thompson shares the delights of the new edition.

Ten million. One-zero. That’s how many of us Londoners there’ll be by 2030 – just 12 years’ time. According to figures from the GLA and O ce of National Statistics, we currently number 8.9million, and it’s predicted we’ll pass the 9 million mark some time in 2019.

In relation to other world cities, London thinks of itself as a relatively small city: giant in stature but human in its physical scale. We’re not the neverending urban expanses of Toyko/Yokohama (33 million); the skyscraping canyons of New York; the apartment dwellers of other European capitals; or the squeezed masses of Mumbai (density 23.9 people per sq km compared to London’s 5.1), much as we may admire all of those places. We are traditionally low rise and low density, with a surprising amount of green space. We value culture as much as we value commerce, and pride ourselves on being a place of both hi-tech innovation and ancient monuments. The seemingly unstoppable rush towards 10 million understandably induces palpitations.

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