The Journal


The London Society Journal is published twice a year and is sent free to members. It looks at what is happening in contemporary London with features on interesting buildings, profiles of individuals who have made significant contributions to the appearance or development of London, reviews of books, exhibitions and events which are London-centred.

Issue 470 – Autumn/Winter 2016 – is now available. Contents include:

  • A look at some of the capital’s regeneration hotspots – Old Kent Road, Battersea Power Station, The Olympic Park, West London by Cecil Sagoe, Peter Watts, Jessica Cargill Thompson, Jonathan Manns
  • The EU’s Urban Agenda was agreed in May – weeks before the UK voted to leave the EU. Janice Morphet asks, will London miss out?
  • Timeless London a photo essay by Mr Whisper
  • Kathryn Firth profiles one of the most notable urban planners in the world, Toronto Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat, to find out why grassroots politics is still important and how she’s tackling the challenge of the suburbs
  • Tom Haworth commutes each day from Newbury to north London. Here he muses on how the city might better accommodate its citizens.
  • Are housing estates morally owned by those who live in them, or public assets for the good of the wider community? A new report sets out to referee. Ben Derbyshire, one of the report’s authors, explains.
  • A recent London Society discussion probed the value of high rise as the answer to our high-density housing needs. Is it really the inevitable panacea it’s made out to be? The event’s chairwoman Claire Bennie reports.
  • Inaugurating a series on the best writing on London, past and present, Peter Watts selects some personal favourites
  • Plus Geoff Tuffs’ “London Notebook”, book reviews and the letter from the Chairman

If you’re not a member and want to get your hands on a copy you can order via the online shop. The Journal is £7.50, post free.

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