Peter Murray

 

Earlier this year (May 10th) the London Society held an informal Writing London event looking at London OnLine.

As well as interesting and entertaining talks from brilliant London bloggers Dave Hill of On London, Katie Wignall of Look Up London, and Andrew Grumbridge and Vince Raison of the Deserter, many other bloggers in the audience shared their insights and experiences.

As a result, we’d like to put together a list of great London blogs, as recommended by London Society members. To start you off, here are some that were mentioned at the event, but please do send us your own suggestions so we can share them with the rest of the London Society:

What other London blogs are worth reading?: follow this link and let us know your favourites.

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Peter Murray

 

After the success of the 2017 series, we are very pleased to announce five further talks in our ‘Planning School’. Book for all five for the price of just four – and non-members who book for the whole series will be given 12 months individual membership of the Society.

To find out more and to book, click here

The planning system is a complex world of jargon-filled regulations, inscrutable maps and emotionally charged meetings. It is inhabited by an unseemly mixture of politicians, developers and consultants, with ordinary local people often bearing the brunt of their deals in the high streets and neighbourhood roads where we live. It is often blamed for blighting our beloved places with ugly buildings, and yet is similarly accused of holding back the development we need to meet pentup housing demand.

Planning is one of the most visible and potent outworkings of our democracy. It is the forum that safeguards by law our rights as citizens to influence the places we live and work in the city.

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Peter Murray

 

The latest in our series on the Great Estates of London touched on one of the newer landowners; Steve Norris of Soho Estates reported on ‘sex and the city’ in W1. Barry Coidan was in the audience.

Soho has a rich and varied past, much like the founder of the Soho Estate Geoffrey Anthony Quinn (aka Paul Raymond). Steven Norris had great fun introducing us to Soho, Soho Estate and its founder.

Steven himself has had and continues to have a rich and varied life. Businessman, MP, and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport and Minister for Transport in London under John Major in 1992, where he was responsible for the Jubilee Line Extension, the largest extension of the London Underground network to date. Not forgetting his candidature for Mayor of London in 2000 and 2004. As well as all that he was at school with Paul McCartney!

Paul Raymond, like our speaker, was from Liverpool. Born in 1925 he was keen on the theatre and having successfully avoided National Service he could be found at the age of 22 on Brighton Pier as part of a mind reading act, having changed his name to Paul Raymond. He arrived in London in 1950 but the genesis of his property empire was in 1958 when he opened the Raymond Revue Bar and subsequently in 1960 bought the freehold for £14,000. In those days the Lord Chamberlain’s Office was guardian of public morals – all sorts of entertainment came within his purview. The Revue Bar’s attractive and naked ladies attracted both large audiences and the attention of the Lord Chamberlain. To get around this it became a private club.

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Peter Murray

 

Whether you’re a confirmed Brexiteer or a devout Remainer, you’ll agree that probably the most significant event to affect London in a generation is Brexit. That’s why the London Society – working with the OnLondon website – is holding a debate on the topic on 13 September.

Book tickets now at the ‘early bird’ rate – just £5 for members of the Society and £10 for non-members.

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Peter Murray

 

Notice is hereby given that the 2018 Annual General Meeting of the London Society will be held on Monday 16 July at 6:00pm at the offices of Allies and Morrison, Southwark Street, SE1.

All paid-up members of the Society may attend and vote. Please register your intention to come to the meeting here.

The agenda will be published online later this week, along with the minutes of the 2017 meeting. The 2017 draft accounts will be made available before the meeting.

If you have an item you would like to put onto the Agenda, please email the director before Monday 25th June.

If you would like to stand for election to the committee, please email the director for nomination forms. These must be signed by two other members and returned to the Honorary Secretary before Monday 25th June.

 

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