2019 Summer Party
Squire & Partners, Upstairs, The Department Store, 10 Stockwell Avenue, SW9 8BQ
Tube: Brixton (Victoria line, National Rail)

Monday, 1 July, 6:46 - 9:45

Celebrate with us at this year's Summer Party and discover the exciting new look for The London Society at Brixton's coolest new venue – Upstairs at The Department Store!

Join us for what promises to be a wonderful evening.  Meet friends over delicious food, drink, music and great conversation, and be the first to see the exciting new look for The London Society inspired by our motto -  
"Valuing the past; looking to the future".

Thanks to Squire & Partners architects, this year's party will take place on the stunning roof top terrace of Upstairs, The Department Store in Brixton.

The Bon Marche in Brixton was built in 1876 by James Smith, a local businessman from Tooting inspired by the opulence of the original Paris Bon Marche.  The Department Store was created in 1906 as a furniture annex, and was the first steel framed building in the UK. Squire & Partners purchased the dilapidated building in 2015, and entirely reimagined the space allowing the existing fabric and layers of history to inform the new design. Collaborating with craftspeople and furniture makers, the restored building provides an exciting array of spaces for the various design disciplines within the practice.

The London Society is grateful for the generous support of the 2019 Summer Party by: Squires & Partners, Allies and Morrison, Argent, ft'work, HTA llp, Michael Barclay Partnership, Pollard Thomas Edwards, and Rockwell.

Photo © James Jones

Brunel Building
Brunel Building, 2 Canalside Walk, W2 1DG
Tube: Paddington (Bakerloo, Central, District, Hammersmith & City lines, and National Rail)

This event is now SOLD OUT!
Please add your name to the waitlist and you will be contacted should a space become available.

Wednesday, 17 July, 5:30 – 6:30

Join Matt Massey, Senior Project Manager, Derwent Londonin discovering how Brunel Building, Paddington’s new sculptural landmark, will be a contrast to the more orthodox office block!  Brunel Building has scale, dynamism, generosity of space and light. Inspired by the area’s engineering tradition, Brunel Building has a distinctive structural steel exoskeleton to deal with the complex site restrictions and responds architecturally to Brunel’s Paddington Station on the opposite side of the canal.


Image © Derwent London

50 years of change in London
Studio Egret West, 3 Brewhouse Yard, EC1V 4JQ
Tube: Farringdon (Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan lines)

This event is now SOLD OUT!
Please add your name to the waitlist and you will be contacted should a space become available.

Thursday, 25 July, 6:30 - 8:30

London has seen dramatic changes since the 32 boroughs were created in 1965.  A once-industrial city has become an overwhelmingly service economy; precipitous population decline has given way to unexpected growth; comprehensive development has fallen away and “right to buy” has decimated public housing; populations have changed; “loony left” councils have come and gone; “yuppies” and “hipsters” have changed the demographic of inner city boroughs; gangs and knife crime have posed new and severe challenges.  Prof. Tony Travers and Laurie Elks explore the narrative and experience of this change which has varied greatly amongst the 32 London Boroughs.  

Hackney has been one of the most turbulent Boroughs, exhibiting the best and the worst of London’s changing experience.  Its former industrial base ranging from clothing to Matchbox Toys has been dismantled.  In the 1980s and 1990s it suffered from dysfunctional local government; racial tension; mismanaged housing estates and a failing education system. But it has also experienced an influx of artists, hipsters, foodie markets, craft breweries, and tech companies – and, in recent years, greatly improved schools and local government.  Yet it remains near the top of all indices of deprivation and faces severe challenges of gangs and knife crime.  

How Do We Get Estate Regeneration Right?
The Garry Weston Library, Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, SE1 9DA
Tube: London Bridge (Jubilee and Northern lines, National Rail)

Tuesday, 13 August, 6:30 – 8:30


Estate regeneration has lately become a toxic term in London, associated for many with the profit-driven destruction of precious social housing and the break up and “displacement” of settled communities against their wishes. Yet outcomes of recent ballots of residents under new rules introduced by Sadiq Khan have been strongly in favour of demolition and rebuild schemes, and some regenerations have been widely praised for producing more and better homes for Londoners in urgent need.


What makes the difference between success and failure in these inherently difficult and disruptive projects? What should landlords do to secure the trust and backing of their tenants and others? How can the people most affected by them – the residents themselves – be sure that promises will be kept and they and future generations will truly benefit? This event, co-organised by the London Society and the website On London.co.uk, will hear from Geoff Bell, an estate tenant; architect Tricia Patel, Pollard Thomas Edwards; consultant Emma Peters, Inner Circle; and Peter Mason a senior Ealing borough councillor shed light on this heated subject. The discussion will be chaired by On London editor Dave Hill.