London Online
Allies and Morrison, 85 Southwark St, SE1 0HX
Tube: London Bridge (Jubilee and Northern lines), Southwark (Jubilee line)

Thursday, 10 May, 6:30 - 8:30

What makes 'great' writing about London?

The London Society Editor Jessica Cargill Thompson chairs what is bound to be an entertaining and enlightening panel discussion between Dave Hill (On London, top-quality independent journalism covering the capital), Katie Wignall (Look Up London, London’s hidden histories by a Blue Badge Guide), Andy Gumbridge and Vince Raison (Deserter, a slackers’ guide to South London) as they explore the how, why and what they write, and discuss representing the capital online. 

So whether you're a reader or an aspirant author or a regular blogger, you'll find much to learn and to think about from the evening's discussion.


PLANNING FOR 10 MILLION: Planning for the unknown – London in 2050
The Gallery, 75 Cowcross Street, EC1M 6EL
Tube: Farringdon (Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan lines)

Thursday, 26 April, 6:30-8:30

After Crossrail2, what should be the next priority for London's infrastructure? How will new technology help us plan for a better city? What social and economic trends are going to affect the capital’s development? Where will the population of 11 million+ live and work?

Decisions that are made now will shape the London of 2050 - but with so many ‘unknown unknowns’ how can we plan for 30 years' time?

This panel discussion, held in association with CityMetric, the New Statesman's online urbanism magazine, will examine what the capital might look like mid-way through this century. Speakers include Jeremy Skinner of the GLA, Neil Bennett of Farrell’s, Rose Grayston of Shelter and Nicole Badstuber from UCL. The discussion will be chaired by Jonn Elledge of CityMetric.

If you want to know how London might evolve in the next three decades, or if you have opinions you’d like to share, come along to what will be a fascinating debate on our possible futures.


Allies and Morrison, 85 Southwark street, SE1 0HX, 35 may attend.
Tube: London Bridge (Jubilee and Northern lines), Southwark (Jubilee line)

This event is now SOLD OUT
Members, please join the waitlist and we will contact you should a space become available.

Monday, 23 April, 6:30 - 8:30

How We Work is a Members Only 'behind the scenes' series of informal evenings with a key principal from one of the capital's leading architectural studios.  
The evening will look at the studio’s history, current and future projects.  

Founded in 1984 by Bob Allies and Graham Morrison, Allies and Morrison’s work ranges from architecture, interior design and conservation to masterplanning, consultation and urban research.
Since the studio's founding, they have developed a reputation for well-crafted buildings and thoughtful place making.

Completed projects in London include the refurbishment and restoration of the Royal Festival Hall, the public landscaping at Tate Britain, Chelsea College of Art, Greenwich Planetarium, and the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at the Globe. They have also been involved in the masterplanning for many of London’s major urban projects including the Olympic Games and Legacy, King’s Cross Central, Greenwich Peninsula, Canada Water, Royal Arsenal Woolwich, and Brent Cross Cricklewood, as well as Imperial College’s new White City Campus.

Join Bob Allies and the Society for this intimate Members Only evening as we discover the past, present and future of one of London’s most successful architectural studios.

London Society Book Group
The Jack Horner, 234-236 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 7QJ, 12 may attend.
Tube: Goodge Street (Northern line), Tottenham Court Road (Central and Northern lines)

Wednesday, 9 May, 6:30 – 8:30

We are looking to read a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction related to London, its buildings and its history through regular meetings throughout the year.

First up is the Booker Prize-winning ‘Offshore‘ by Penelope Fitzgerald. 

‘Offshore’ is a dry, genuinely funny novel, set among the houseboat community who rise and fall with the tide of the Thames on Battersea Reach.

We will be choosing the next book at the meeting, so do come along, share your ideas and contribute to a lively discussion about ‘reading London’!

We'd also like to encourage you to support your local community by buying your copy of the book at your local bookshop.

PLACES ARE LIMITED; however do add your name to the waitlist as this will determine where we book our next meeting space for the book group.

If you would like to put on the mailing list to receive notifications from the book group, you can sign up here.

Camberwell Beauty
18 Camberwell Green, SE5 7AA
Tube: Loughborough Junction (National Rail)
Buses: 12, 35, 36, 40, 42, 45, 68, 148, 171, 176, 185, 345, 436, 468, & 484

Saturday, 12 May, 10:30-12:30

Camberwell in South London, was described in a guide book as “a busy but neglected part of London”; one historian in 1909 stated that on the whole the stream of national history left Camberwell severely alone”. It would be wrong to think that these descriptions appropriately define Camberwell. 


Blue Badge Guide Angela Morgan leads this curious walking tour as it explores this understated part of London that was once considered the first garden city with its Georgian houses on leafy streets, its association with a Scandinavian royal, discover what drove a 19th century art critic to leave the area; how Queen Victoria’s favourite composer was inspired by his stay in Camberwell to write a piece of music, a historic parish church, Nobel Prize winners, internationally renowned medical and educational establishments, and just what is the Camberwell Beauty?

Our walk will end at the South London Art Gallery where there is a café and exhibitions of interesting contemporary art.

Please note that the walk will be at a moderate pace and will include walking up a gentle incline.

Saving London’s Heritage at Risk
Pilbrow & Partners, 2-5 St John's Square, EC1M 4DE
Tube: Farringdon (Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan lines)

Tuesday, 15 May, 6:30 - 8:30

Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register is a tool to help understand the ‘health’ of London’s historic environment. It includes buildings and sites at risk from neglect, decay or inappropriate development, and helps focus advice and support where it’s most needed. In London there are 683 sites on the Heritage at Risk Register, reflecting the richness of our capital’s heritage – from the remains of a medieval moated manor house in Bromley, to a 1950s concrete sculpture on the Great West Road. 

Rebecca Barrett
, Principal Adviser of the London Heritage at Risk team at Historic England will highlight some of London’s most interesting and unusual sites at risk. She’ll touch on the common challenges of finding imaginative solutions to these sites, but the great rewards that successful projects can help to deliver. She will also talk about the importance of strong partnerships in saving London’s heritage at risk, and how London Society members can play their part.  

Behind the Scenes: The Travellers Club
The Travellers Club, 106 Pall Mall, SW1Y 5EP, 25 may attend.
Tube: Charing Cross (Bakerloo, Northern lines, National Rail), Embankment (Circle, District 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, 17 May, 10:30 – 12:30


Join The London Society for this very special Behind the Scenes tour of one of London’s iconic member’s clubs – The Travellers Club.

Founded in 1819, ‘for gentlemen who had travelled out of the British Isles to a distance of at least five hundred miles from London in a direct line’. Membership was extended to foreign visitors and diplomats posted to London.


The building broke with neo-classical tradition in taking the Italian Renaissance palazzo as its model and a contemporary writer compared it to the Palazzo Pandolfini, then attributed to Raphael. The stuccoed street front is modest, of two storeys, with five bays and rusticated corners. Windows on the first floor are framed by pilasters supporting heavy pediments. A belvedere, designed as a Smoking Tower, was later converted into bedrooms.


Internally, the plan follows a palazzo type, with an internal courtyard and loggia. The fine staircase doubles back on itself to lead up to the Library at the south side. This is the Club’s most impressive room, with its cast of the frieze from the temple of Apollo at Bassae, brought back by a member, the architect C.R. Cockerell. The room is divided into three by pairs of columns.

Making London a National Park City
Allies and Morrison, 85 Southwark Street, SE1 0HX
Tube: London Bridge (Jubilee, Northern lines) Southwark (Jubilee line)

Tuesday, 22 May, 6:30 - 8:30

Plans are being made for London to become the world's first National Park City in 2019. The vision is being supported by the majority of the capital's elected politicians, the Mayor of London and thousands of Londoners, but what is a National Park City and will it really make a difference?

In this engaging talk Daniel Raven-Ellison, a guerrilla geographer, National Geographic Explorer and founder of the London National Park City campaign, will set out how this big idea could radically improve life in the capital by making our city greener, healthier and wilder. 

London’s Great Estates: Soho Estate
Make Architects, 32 Cleveland Street, W1T 4JY
Tube: Goodge Street (Northern line)

Tuesday, 5 June, 6:30-8:30


The bad news is sex isn’t selling as well as it used to.  In Soho that is.  
Elsewhere of course the world’s oldest profession has discovered the internet as have a billion pimply youths and sad old men whose mackintoshes are now in God’s own junkyard.  

But while there’s nothing to regret about the loss of drug dealing, money laundering and people trafficking that were the reality of Soho in its heyday as the place in Britain you had to go to see a supremely bored lady take her clothes off while clearly her mind was elsewhere or perhaps find temporary solace in one of the area’s many working girls the challenge for those of us who have a significant interest in the fabric of Soho is to maintain the excitement, the edge and yes, the thrill of being in a unique part not just of London but arguably of Europe. 

Join Soho Estate Director Steve Norris for an insightful evening as we continue our Great Estates series. 

Planning for 10 Million: Regeneration and Good Growth – good for who?
Squire & Partners, The Department Store, 248 Ferndale Rd, Brixton, SW9 8FR
Tube: Brixton (Victoria line and National Rail)

Tuesday, 12 June, 6:30 – 8:30

Can you have growth that is universally good for everyone, given that most growth in London will have some impact on someone no matter what the design and intentions. Will sub-urban intensification be welcomed by those who like living in suburban rather than urban conditions. Is it possible to get universal support for estate regeneration programmes. Is it right that estate regeneration programmes take so long to deliver so that whole generations of younger people have to grow up in poor conditions?

Will the Mayors commitment to greater consultation speed up the process of rehousing those in need?   

In the absence of the London Plan density matrix as a starting point and an increased emphasis on design review, who arbitrates on the “good” in growth and what legitimises that arbitration. Who judges the judges and who appoints them.

Is the planning and regeneration system operated by the middle classes for the middle classes?

Dave Hill
 chairs what is bound to be a lively and hotly contested panel discussion between Cllr Clare Coghill  (Waltham Forest), Tim Gledstone  (Squire & Partners), and Colin Wilson  (Greater London Authority).