Park Lane Boulevard: A vision without tunnels
Allies and Morrison, 85 Southwark St, SE1 0HX
Tube: London Bridge (Northern line), Southwark (Jubilee line)

Tuesday, 7 March, 6:30 - 8:30
Come and hear architect Liam Hennessy's proposals to transform Park Lane from a 10 lane highway to a fine boulevard, humanising what is currently a noisy, polluted urban motorway.

What we now call Park Lane is made up of two distinct parts: East Carriage Drive, originally for horses and carriages, on the Hyde Park side; and Park Lane, originally a lane, closest to Mayfair.

The proposed boulevard would use the space currently occupied by the southbound traffic, closest to Mayfair. This would be cleared of all motor traffic to become an extensive pedestrian boulevard. 

Writing London
Studio Egret West, 3 Brewhouse Yard, EC1V 4JQ
Tube: Farringdon, Barbican (Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan lines)

Thursday, 23 February, 6:30 - 8:30

What makes 'great' writing about London?

The London Society has brought together a stellar line up of authors, publishers, journalists and bloggers to debate the peculiar qualities necessary to write about the capital.

Join author Tom Bolton (London’s Lost Rivers), publisher Andrew Humphreys (Paradise Road), architectural critic and former Architectural Review editor Catherine Slessor, and journalist/blogger Rachel Holdsworth (Londonist, CityMetric) as they discuss their own approaches to writing on the city and give examples of writers they admire.

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.

Behind the Scenes: the Design Museum
The Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, W8 6AG, 25 may attend.
Tube: High Street Kensington (Circle, District line)

NOTE: The event has now SOLD OUT.  
There is a Wait List in operation, and you will be contacted should a space become available.

Thursday, 2 March, 6:00 - 7:30
Join Design Museum Director, Deyan Sudjic CBE, on an exclusive curator-led tour of the newly-opened museum in Kensington's former Commonwealth Institute.
The world’s leading museum devoted to architecture and design,  it encompasses all elements of design - from fashion, to product, to graphic design.  In it’s 28 year history, the museum has exhibited everything from an AK-47 to a pair of Christian Louboutin high heels!

The Grade ii* listed building and its distinctive copper-covered hyperbolic paraboloid roof was designed in 1962 by architects Robert Matthew Johnson Marshall and Partners and has been given a new lease of life by Rem Koolhaas's OMAAllies and Morrison, and Arup engineers who restored the shell while John Pawson was responsible for the building's newly reconfigured interiors, where the galleries are arranged around a minimal oak- and marble-lined atrium. 

Photo © G. Gardner

Private View – Exhibition Transcending Boundaries
Pace Gallery, 6 Burlington Gardens, W1S 3ET, 30 may attend.
Tube: Green Park (Piccadilly, Victoria lines) Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly, Bakerloo lines)

Thursday, 9 March, 6:00 - 6:45
Join Mark Davy, CEO Futurecity for this very special curator led tour of Transcending Boundaries which includes work from Illuminated River competition winner Leo Villarreal.

Transcending Boundaries
explores the role of digital technology in transcending the physical and conceptual boundaries that exist between different artworks, with imagery from one work breaking free of the frame and entering the space of another. The installations also dissolve distinctions between artwork and exhibition space, and involve the viewer through interactivity.

Debuting new works, Transcending Boundaries will reveal teamLab’s commitment to the advancement of digital art, as well as its unique ability to nurture creativity and curiosity through technology. Toshiyuki Inoko, the collective’s founder, says, “We are honoured to share some of our most recently created artworks and hope the universality of their themes—creativity, play, exploration, immersion, life, and fluidity—will seep into the broader conscience."

London icons series: the Brompton Folding Bike
The Gallery, 75 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EL
Tube: Farringdon (Circle, Hammersmith & City lines)

Thursday, 23 March, 6:30 - 8:30

The Brompton Folding Bike is not only an iconic piece of British design it is also manufactured in London.

Andrew Ritchie, who in 1975, created prototypes of the bikes in his bedroom in South Kensington (close to Brompton oratory, thus the name) will talk about the design, how the business eventually got off the ground, and how the Company’s grew to a size where it is producing 44,000 of the handmade bikes every year. The Duke of Edinburgh opened the company’s new factory in Greenford in November last year.

Notting Hill Pub Crawl
Elgin, 96 Ladbroke Grove, W11 1PY, 25 may attend.
Tube: Ladbroke Grove (Circle, Hammersmith & City lines)

Tuesday, 28 March, 6:30 - 8:30
Join pub historian Geoff Brandwood for a tour of three very different pubs, all of which retain interiors of interest. Geoff is from the Campaign for Real Ale’s Pub Heritage Group which, for many years, has been identifying, recording and campaigning for such interiors.

We start at Elgin, Ladbroke Grove, which has some fine features from the golden again of pub-building around 1900 and a sense of its Victorian layout. Then on to the Earl of Lonsdale, Westbourne Grove, which has undergone a remarkable reVictorianisation by owners Samuel Smith’s Brewery of Tadcaster. We end at the Cock & Bottle, Notting Hill which has some fittings of much ornateness and parts of its original layout. Food is available at the first and last pubs.

Copies of Geoff Brandwood’s new book featuring nationally important pub interiors will be available to buy. With 320pp and nearly 700 top-quality illustrations, it is great value at just £9.99.

Behind the Scenes: The Charterhouse
The Charterhouse, Charterhouse Square, EC1M 6AN, 25 may attend.
Tube: Barbican, Farringdon (Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan lines)

NOTE: This event has now SOLD OUT
There is a Wait List in operation, and you will be contacted should a space become available.

Saturday, 1 April, 2:15 - 4:15

Join Eric Parry Architects and one of the ‘Brothers’ of Charterhouse for a very special tour of one of London’s hidden gems.

Eric Parry Architects with Todd Longstaff-Gowan landscape architects are working on plans to open up the The Charterhouse with a museum, learning centre and cafe. Hear the story of this historic enclave, centred on a 14th century Carthusian monastery, originally the chapel site for a Black Death burial ground founded by Sir Walter de Manny.

Following the Dissolution int eh 16th century it became a Tudor mansion house, and thereafter a charitable school and almshouse in the 17th century thanks to the philanthropy of a wealthy commoner, Thomas Sutton. The Charterhouse School moved in the 19th century and the almshouse became the primary occupant of the site. It was occupied by elderly gentleman known as ‘Brothers’. It was bombed in 1941 and repaired extensively in the 1950s.

London’s Great Estates
The Gallery, 75 Cowcross Street, EC1M 6EL
Tube: Farringdon (Circle, Hammersmith & City lines)

Tuesday, 4 April, 6:30 - 8:30
Join Society Chairman, Peter Murray for the launch of our series of events based on London's Great Estates.

Grosvenor, de Walden, Portman, Bedford - the estates of London - are key to the capital's special and distinctive character. Today modern estates such as Kings Cross, Broadgate and Village East London are also providing some of the benefits of their ancient peers: long-term thinking and investment, high quality placemaking, on-going maintenence and careful stewardship.

A key part of the Society’s 2017 programme will be on the theme of these estates, with walks and tours and comment in the London Society Journal. This series will celebrate the best of the estates while aiming to understand their modus operandi and review what lessons they hold for the London of the future.