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Celebrate in Style at the 2016 Summer Party
Thames Tunnel Sink Shaft, Brunel Museum, SE16 4LF
Tube: Rotherhithe (London Overground)

Tuesday, 2 August, 6:30 - 9:00
Join us to celebrate summer at the fabulously restored Thames Tunnel Sink Shaft at the Brunel Museum.

When it opened in 1843 the Thames Tunnel was described as the Eighth Wonder of the World, with people coming from far and wide to see the first tunnel under a river!
Today, the museum and sink shaft are a must see for any Londonite!

NB : a number of tickets have been made available for non-members, please see joining details on booking page.

Image © Jack Hobhouse

LS | Jacobean Theatre
Behind the Scenes : The Globe’s Jacobean Theatre
The Globe Theatre, SE1 9DT
SOLD OUT - members may join a waiting list
Tube: Southwark (Jubilee line), London Bridge (Jubilee & Northern lines)

Wednesday, 27 July, 6:00 - 7:30
Join Project Architect, Oliver Heywood (Allies and Morrison) as he takes us behind the scenes and explains the challenges of authentically constructing an archetypal indoor Jacobean theatre one that Shakespeare would recognise, within a shell built for this purpose in the mid 1990s.

The theatre now provides the Globe with a space to stage intimate, candlelit performances in the winter months while the much larger outdoor theatre is not in use for performances – as was always the intention of the Globe’s late founder, Sam Wanamaker.

Subterranean London
85 Southwark St, SE1 0HX
Tube: Southwark (Jubilee line), Borough (Northern line)

Tuesday, 6 September, 6:30 - 8:30
Nick Catford is a world-renowned cameraman and is one of the most accomplished subterranean photographers working today, specialising in sites of cold-war, military, transport and industrial archaeological interest.

Nick's presentation is based on material in his book Secret Underground London which is a comprehensive photographic record of a hidden world which lies beneath the capital but which is not generally seen by the public. Included in this book is a miscellany of sites, from the disused tube stations and closed sections of the London underground railway system, many of which were given some other lease of life, to the secret central government and military bunkers -

LS | Battersea
The Ruin of London: Battersea Power Station, Nine Elms and the reconstruction of a 21st-century city
The Gallery, 75 Cowcross Street, EC1M 6EL
Tube: Farringdon (Circle, Hammersmith & City, and Metropolitan lines)

Thursday, 22 September, 6:30 - 8:30
Nowhere in London is changing as rapidly as Nine Elms, epitomised by the brash redevelopment of Battersea Power Station after 30 years of near criminal neglect. Owen Hatherley (A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain, The Ministry of Nostalgia) and Peter Watts (Up in Smoke: The Failed Dreams of Battersea Power Station) debate the merits of the ongoing regeneration of Nine Elms, exploring the significance of the intensive Battersea Power Station redevelopment in the context of the immediate area and London as a whole.

The power station has been the subject of numerous schemes since it was decommissioned in 1983 – why were these unbuildable and what has now changed? What impact will its redevelopment have on the neighbourhood? Will anything of the old Nine Elms be allowed to remain? Should the building have been allowed to remain a ruin? And what does its role as the centrepiece for a new gated community tell us about property, power and politics in London today?


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2016 Banister Fletcher Lecture | Shaping London
St Marylebone Parish Church, 17 Marylebone Road, NW1 5LT
ADVANCED BOOKING currently only open to members
Tube: Baker Street (Bakerloo, Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan lines), Regent's Park (Bakerloo line)

Tuesday, 8 November, 6:30 - 8:30
The London Society is pleased to announce that this year's Banister Fletcher Lecture will be given by renowned architect and urban planner Sir Terry Farrell (FARRELLS). Setting out a new and dynamic viewpoint on London, Sir Terry will join up the dots and reveal new connections between London's past, present and future.

Looking beyond the contribution of individual buildings to the city, Sir Terry will explore on a larger canvas how the capital’s complex shape has evolved over time, and also reflect on current pressures on the city and its built environment.

READ : Sir Terry Farrell Biography


NB: This is a free event for London Society members, member's guest/s £7