Markets the heart of our Great City
Allies and Morrison, 85 Southwark St, SE1 0HX
Tube: Southwark (Jubilee line) and London Bridge (Jubilee and Northern lines)

Tuesday, 23 January, 6:30-8:30

London’s markets formed the earliest places of public gathering and of exchange.

From Roman times to today markets help shape the commercial and social life of London.
Along with drainage, embankments and railways the infrastructure left to us by the Victorians included some cathedral sized market buildings.

Modern markets create excitement, employment, and space for social interaction along with commercial activity. 
New trends in food and fashion can be experimented with quickly and with low risk, markets are the first rung in the retail ladder.

Eric Reynolds
investigates the built form along with social and economic elements that make up the marketplace.

London’s Public Street Markets: The City beyond the City
Studio Egret West, 3 Brewhouse Yard, EC1V 4JQ
Tube: Farringdon (Circle, Hammersmith & City lines)

Thursday, 18 January, 6:30-8:30

Join Dr. Peter Jones as he illustrates how vibrant informal street markets have played an essential role in shaping modern London. Unregulated, open markets in Victorian London (Leather Lane, Columbia Road, the New Cut, the Brill) defined the commercial and cultural identity of the expanding metropolis, alongside its architecturally grandiose closed markets (Smithfield, Billingsgate, Covent Garden). 

And yet, in the historical record these sites have often been treated as fragments of a lost era – worthy of derision, indifference, or saccharine nostalgia. Nocturnal public marketplaces, where costermongers, hustlers and marketgoers gathered beneath the naphtha flares, were engines of development and sustainability, which adapted to the needs of an expanding urban population. City fathers, architects and philanthropists laboured to replace the market with sanitized and ‘respectable’ alternatives. Street markets persisted in spite of the efforts of reformers, like Baroness Burdett Coutts, whose great ‘white elephant’ (Columbia Road market buildings) failed in spite of its efforts to change the retailing habits–and ostensibly the moral condition–of the poor.

Market Day in Hipster London
Spitalfields Market, Brushfield St, EC1 6AA, 25 may attend.
Tube: Liverpool Street (Central, Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan lines, and National Rail)

Saturday, 27 January, 10:30-12:30

Join Blue Badge Guide Angela Morgan for a fascinating walking tour through some of the city's most iconic markets

For more than a 1000 years markets have been an integral part of the social fabric of London. Their very existence can help chart the history of the City and the importance of trade and politics. Now, markets are changing and fast becoming trendy and an essential part of the Hipster’s calendar, influencing the lifestyles and economy in the peripheral areas. This walking tour will visit the local areas around two of London’s most popular markets and see what changes have occurred.

Starting in the east end of London - Spitalfields Market, a former fruit and vegetable market has been transformed into a vibrant hip place. Petticoat Lane however, gives a glimpse into the real East End with stories of immigration, poverty and death. The tour continues with a walk through Leadenhall Market described as a Victorian Mall, its architecture is a sheer delight. The tour will end in the oldest market in south London – Borough Market (Barra Markit to the locals!) which is suitably positioned on the edge of London Bridge. Commemorating its millennium in 2014, it still continues to meet the needs of travellers to or from the City of London.

*Society members have Priority Booking until Monday, 18 December

The Survey of London: Recording London’s Built Environment since 1894
Studio Egret West, 3 Brewhouse Yard, EC1V 4JQ
Tube: Farringdon (Circle, Hammersmith & City lines)

Tuesday, 6 February, 6:30-8:30

Founded in 1894 by Charles Robert Ashbee, architect and social reformer, the Survey of London has consistently maintained a public history mission, adapting methods to meet changing expectations. It has resided in several institutions, ranging from the London County Council to the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London, its present home where it is going strong. The Survey’s approach is to tackle a district, usually an historic parish, to pull together an authoritative and detailed history of development, chronicling all existing buildings and others now demolished, with drawn and photographic illustrations of a high standard.

The Survey's 51st and 52nd volumes, covering Marylebone between Oxford Street and the Marylebone Road, were published in October 2017. A study of Oxford Street itself will follow, as will another of Whitechapel, from research based online through an interactive map-based website that incorporates public (your) contributions. The last decade has seen the completion of work on Battersea, Woolwich and Clerkenwell.

Peter Guillery has been a researcher and writer for the Survey of London since the 1980s. Peter will present an illustrated talk on the Survey’s origins and progress, highlighting recent work on Clerkenwell, Marylebone and Whitechapel.  

London’s Great Estates: The Portman Estate and Marylebone’s Revival
Allies and Morrison, 85 Southwark Street, SE1 0HX
Tube: London Bridge (Northern and Jubilee lines), Southwark (Jubilee line)

Thursday, 22 February, 6:30-8:30

The Portman Estate is synonymous with Marylebone.  Its Georgian residential architecture nestles within the West End’s commercial centres of Baker Street, Oxford Street and the Edgware Road.  The Estate works alongside its residents, occupiers and the public sector to retain the area’s distinct mixed use character and vibrancy as market forces drive towards uniformity. 

Simon Loomes, Executive Director has been responsible for the Estate’s strategic development for the past 10 years, working to generate Business Improvement Districts for its commercial streets, public realm interventions to soften the city’s impact and development activity which compliments the historic context. Simon will consider how an Estate’s long term values can continue to influence success of London’s West End.

London Symphony Film Screening
Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, SE1 9DA
Tube: London Bridge (Jubilee, Northern lines, and National Rail)

Friday, 23 February, 7:00-9:30

Join us at a candlelit Southwark Cathedral for a screening of the inspiring and beautiful black and white film London Symphony. With no dialogue, just a stunning accompanying original musical score, this film is a tribute the glory of this great city and its diversity and culture - a poetic journey through London, a cosmopolitan city facing a challenge to its identity in the current political climate.

The screening will take place in the beautiful candlelit Cathedral nave. Doors will open at 7pm and the screening will be followed by a short interval before a Q&A with the Sub Dean & Canon Pastor, Michael Rawson and the Director, Alex Barrett.

Directed by Alex Barrett, and featuring an original musical composition by James McWilliam, it is an artistic portrait of the city as it stands today, and a celebration of its culture and diversity.  The film was nominated for the Michael Powell Award for Best British Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017.

How We Work: Studio Egret West
Studio Egret West, 3 Brewhouse Yard, EC1V 4JQ, 35 may attend.
Tube: Farringdon (Circle, Hammersmith & City, and Metropolitan lines)

Monday, 26 February, 6:30-8:30

How We Work is a Members Only series of informal evenings with a key principal from one of the capital's exciting architectural studios.  The evening will look at the studio’s past, present and future.  

Studio Egret West
 was established in November 2004 by Christophe Egretand David West with a shared vision: To offer strategy with architectural specificity; and specificity within an overall strategy.

Studio Egret West brings surprise and delight to place making.  Architecture is too often seen in isolation from its urban context. Planning is too often seen as soulless, unspecific proposals that gather dust on shelves. We believe that the way forward is the osmosis between planning and architecture. Studio Egret West is just this. 

Studio Egret West follow no formula and no recipe. Not just architecture by architects and not just planning by planners. 50/50 Architecture and Urban Design with the public realm prioritised as the foundation of sustainable communities. 

They are a growing practice of international architects, urban designers, landscape architects, graphic designers and model makers with diverse interests and skills. Their tight-knit team work together in a collaborative studio environment. 

Join us for this very special Members Only event to find out more!