Oasis Farm, 18 Carlisle Lane, SE1 7LG (corner of Carlisle Lane and Royal Street)
Tube: Lambeth North (Bakerloo line), Waterloo (Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern, National Rail)

Members have Preferential Booking until Monday, 19 June when this event becomes available to non-members.

Thursday, 10 August, 6:30 - 9:00

Join us to celebrate summer in style at Oasis Farm, an urban farm tucked away in the heart of Waterloo just moments from the Southbank, and the closest farm to Parliament! 

Opening in May 2015, Oasis has transformed a strip of wasteland into a flourishing community resource and a haven for nature, where the aim is to learn how to care for ourselves, others, plants, animals and the environment. Oasis' vision is to provide a safe, supportive and inspiring space for the community where the themes of food and farming are used to help people feel more connected, empowered and to reach their full potential.

Behind the Scenes: Interchange Atrium
Interchange Atrium, 407 Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8AH
Tube: Camden Town, Chalk Farm (Northern line)

Thursday, 29 June, 6:00 - 7:30

As the way we work changes, with the traditional office space giving way to shared, co-working spaces - the Society goes behind the scenes’ of one of the latest co-working spaces with Barr Gazetas’ Jon Eaglesham and Pradumn Pamidighantam at Camden’s Interchange Atrium.
Atrium is a creative workspace for 600 people, with three floors of alternative work style space being offered; private, hot-desking and breakout spaces.

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

Tuesday, 4 July, 6:30 - 8:30

Cadogan and Chelsea – the making of a modern Estate
Cadogan has a 300 year history in Chelsea which informs the way it manages the estate today. Their long-term stewardship aims to safeguard the area’s vitality and ensure that it remains one of the capital’s most thriving and fashionable districts.

Hugh Seaborn CVO joined Cadogan as Chief Executive in 2008. Prior to this he was Chief Executive of The Portman Estate, driving the place-making and regeneration agenda in Marylebone. He is a past Council member of the Duchy of Lancaster. He will discuss the company’s history, how this has shaped the area’s distinctive built environment and how it continues to underpin its values for the London of the future.

This is part of the London Society's Great Estates series of talks and events.

Historic Bermondsey
Corner of London Bridge St & St Thomas’ St, SE1 9SG, 25 may attend.
Tube: London Bridge (Northern, Jubilee lines, & National Rail)

Saturday, 8 July, 10:30 - 1:00

Once dominated by industry, Bermondsey is now on the up with fashionable restaurants, riverside apartments, cultural venues devoted to fashion and design.

Take in the site of an ancient abbey, one of London’s most atmospheric streets, the old Leathermarket and a new “foodie” quarter finishing by the river.

The walk will last about 2.5 hours and there are plenty of places for lunch and visits in the afternoon if you want to make a day of it.


London’s Great Estates: Cadogan Estate
The Cadogan Office, 10 Duke of York Square, SW3 4LY, 25 may attend.
Tube: Sloane Square (Circle, District line)

Thursday, 13 July, 6:00 - 7:30

Join Cadogan’s Chief Executive, Hugh Seaborn, along with Haydn Cooper (Property Director), Jane Henshaw (Head of Building Surveying) and Nadia Loza (Manager of Duke of York Square) to discover how the Cadogan Estate in Chelsea has evolved over the last 300 years. Learn about the estate’s origins as home for Sir Hans Sloane’s magnificent collection of curiosities, the original purpose of the King’s Road as the private route for the monarch between palaces – and how this extraordinary heritage has shaped its character today.  

Cadogan own and manage 93 acres of this desirable neighbourhood. This walk will highlight their important stewardship role, from preserving distinctive architectural styles to creating exceptional new public realm, attracting some of the world’s best shopping and dining – while helping to enhance the area’s strong sense of community.

This is part of the London Society's Great Estates series of talks and events.

London Icons: 50 Years of Conservation Areas
The Gallery, 75 Cowcross Street, EC1M 6EL
Tube: Farringdon (Circle, Hammersmith & City lines)

Thursday, 20 July, 6:30 - 8:30

Continuing our programme of London Icons, we look at Conservation areas in the capital.  There are over 1000 in the Greater London area; 50 percent of Camden is conversation area, while Kensington and Chelsea make up 70 percent.

Rosemarie MacQueen (Historic England Commissioner and former head of planning at Westminster), Frank Kelsall (architectural historian and former London Society Chairman), William Filmer-Sankey (architectural historian and archaeologist at Alan Baxter Ltd, previously Director of the Victorian Society) and Paul Velluet (architect, formerly of English Heritage) explore how Conservation Areas have been both a restraint on inconsiderate proposals and an encouragement to thoughtful design.

Behind the Scenes: Bush House
Bush House, Strand, WC2B 4PH, 25 may attend.
Tube: Covent Garden (Piccadilly line), Temple (Circle, District line)

This event is now SOLD OUT - a waitlist is in operation

Tuesday, 1 August, 6:00-7:30

After a lifetime of ‘make-do-and-mend’ John Robertson Architects (JRA) gave Bush House its first ever full refurbishment. Requiring over 1,000 site operatives the challenging project saw the accretions of 70 years use as BBC World Service studios stripped back to reveal a 90-year old icon of twenties London, still fit for its original purpose, now reborn to contemporary standards. 

Today Bush House and the surrounding buildings have been leased to King's College London and following JRA's initial restoration are being fit out to cater to the needs of a world class university.


Join John Robertson, Principal Director and Angela St Clair-Ford, Project Director leading the JRA fit out team for a tour to discover Bush House’s origins and its future.

Contemporary Architecture Walk
Guildhall Yard, Aldermanbury, EC2V 7HH, 25 may attend.
Tube: Bank (Central, Northern line), St Paul's (Central line)

Saturday, 12 August, 10:30-12:30

Alec Forshaw, former Urban Design and Conservation Officer, and author of New City: Contemporary Architecture in the City of London, will lead a walk around the central part of the City which will look at the astonishing variety of new buildings that have been erected over the last thirty years, designed by many of the world’s leading architectural practices.

Starting at the Guildhall Yard the walk will finish at St Paul’s underground station.

2017 Banister Fletcher Lecture
St Marylebone Parish Church, 17 Marylebone Road, NW1 5LT
Tube: Baker Street (Bakerloo, Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan lines), Regent's Park (Bakerloo line)

Members have Preferential Booking until Friday, 30 June when this event becomes available to non-members.

Tuesday, 17 October, 6:30-8:30

The London Society is pleased to announce that this year’s Annual Banister Fletcher lecture will be given by the Loyd Grossman CBE Chairman of The Royal Parks. He is also a patron of the Association for Heritage Interpretation and Heritage Open Days, President of the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) and Chairman of the Heritage Alliance. 

He is the first chairman to lead a new charity which will manage and fundraise for London’s Royal Parks. Loyd says that London’s parks are "the finest in the world." The new body manages the 5,000 acre estate will fundraise. Of the £36.6m annual cost of managing the parks, about 65 per cent is self-generated through events, sponsorship, donations, catering, grants, lottery funding, licences, rental income from lodges, filming and photography. The rest of the Parks’ income (35 per cent) comes from a Department of Culture Media and Sport grant.

The new charitable public corporation will be increasingly self-sustaining, and so will be able to "manage the parks even more efficiently, with better services provided at a lower cost while maintaining excellent visitor satisfaction".