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The Society is for all those who love London. It was founded in 1912 by a group of eminent Londoners concerned about the lack of planning in the capital.

Luminaries such as Sir Edwin Lutyens, Raymond Unwin, Aston Webb, Beresford Pite, Frank Brangwyn brought people together to debate key issues about the future of the capital - housing, roads, railways, the channel tunnel, bridges and even airports - all high on the agenda today.

The London Society is a forum for debate on the future of London.

Our motto is "valuing the past; looking to the future" – a mission that the Society tries to achieve through its publications, events and lobbying.

We arrange events and visits to a variety of places, buildings and institutions, some not generally open to the public, organise debates and lectures, including the annual Sir Banister Fletcher Lecture, addressed by distinguished speakers. The Society also sponsors the All Party Parliamentary Group on London Planning and Built Environment.

Members get discounted tickets to all events, priority booking and the Society’s Journal each year.

To receive news of forthcoming events, join our mailing list.

Corporate Sponsors

Organisations wishing to support the objects and activities of the Society may apply to be Corporate Supporters and help the work of the Society by providing much-needed funds for our administration and marketing.

Donations under the Corporate Supporter scheme are tax deductible as the London Society is a registered charity.

Supporters receive:

  • up to five free tickets for all talks, lectures, debates and social events (including the Summer Party)
  • an unlimited number of members’ rate tickets for all walks, tours and other events
  • five copies of each issue of the London Society Journal and of each new Society White Paper
  • your company logos on the Society website and within the Journal
  • invitations to attend the regular All Party Parliamentary Group on London’s Planning and Built Environment (usually held at Westminster)
  • a digital copy of ‘Planning in London’, the quarterly magazine produced by the London Planning Forum
  • the opportunity to organise events such as building tours for members, or to sponsor drinks at the Society’s other events

For full details, please contact the Director

Current Corporate Sponsors

Allies and Morrison is an architecture and urbanism practice based in London and Cambridge. Their work ranges from architecture, interior design and conservation to masterplanning, consultation and research. Twice shortlisted for the Stirling prize, 41 of their completed projects have won RIBA awards. They are especially known for their work across London. As architects, their buildings, of various scales and different types, can be found across the city – from the refurbishment of the Royal Festival Hall and Rambert at Southbank to White City Place to Greenwich’s Royal Observatory to laboratories for both King’s College and Imperial College.

Allies and Morrison is an architecture and urbanism practice based in London and Cambridge. Their work ranges from architecture, interior design and conservation to masterplanning, consultation and research. Twice shortlisted for the Stirling prize, 41 of their completed projects have won RIBA awards. They are especially known for their work across London. As architects, their buildings, of various scales and different types, can be found across the city – from the refurbishment of the Royal Festival Hall and Rambert at Southbank to White City Place to Greenwich’s Royal Observatory to laboratories for both King’s College and Imperial College.

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Formed in 1997 by Richard Buckley, Fiammetta Gray and Matt Yeoman, BuckleyGrayYeoman is an architecture and design practice based in London and Bristol directed by Matt Yeoman and Paul White. The firm provides pragmatic and deliverable solutions to complex design issues.

With an expanding portfolio of work across a range of sectors including offices, residential, retail, hotels, schools and masterplanning, BuckleyGrayYeoman prides itself on delivering projects on time and within budget, regardless of the size or complexity of the challenge. The practice’s growing reputation for delivering the highest quality of design has been acknowledged by a number of recent awards.

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Almacantar is a property investment and development company. It specialises in large-scale, complex investments in Central London, with the potential to create long-term value through development, repositioning or active asset management. Almacantar launched in 2010 and owns over 1.5 million sq.ft. of prime assets in the heart of London including; Centre Point, Marble Arch Place, One and Two Southbank Place, Lyons Place and 125 Shaftesbury Avenue.

Centre Point, Marble Arch Place and Southbank Place represent approximately one million sq.ft. of new development aimed specifically at the central London markets of the West End and South Bank, where supply of high quality mixed-use schemes is constrained.

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Cadogan is the historic estate that is shaping the 21stcentury Chelsea. Spanning 93 acres of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the Cadogan Estate has been under the same family ownership for almost 300 years.

Its foundations were established in 1717 when Charles, 2ndBaron Cadogan, married Elizabeth Sloane, daughter of Sir Hans Sloane, who had purchased the Manor of Chelsea in 1712; the family stewardship of the area continues in the hands of the present Viscount Chelsea. Today, the Estate includes approximately 3,000 flats, 200 homes, 300 shops, 500,000 square foot of office space – and over a dozen gardens covering 15 acres.

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Derwent London plc owns a 5.6m sq ft portfolio of commercial real estate predominantly in central London valued at £4.8 billion at 30 June 2017, making it the largest London-focused real estate investment trust.

Derwent London typically acquire central London properties off-market with low capital values and modest rents in improving locations, most of which are either in the West End or the Tech Belt. Derwent London capitalise on the unique qualities of each of our properties – taking a fresh approach to the regeneration of every building with a focus on anticipating tenant requirements and an emphasis on design.

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EH Smith Architectural Clay have been advising Architects on façade materials since 1922. Still privately owned, we are proud to have played our part in supplying bricks, terracotta rainscreen and other materials to thousands of sites across London.

EH Smith are particularly passionate about the unique creativity that is possible with the humble brick and the way it has shaped London throughout the years. We work with the whole construction supply chain from Client to Bricklayer to ensure that the right materials are selected and supplied. This service is backed up with over 500 members of staff, a fleet of 60+ delivery vehicles and 13 stocking locations.

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London is the great world city. We are very proud to live and work here and in two other Hanseatic cities Köln and Riga. As architects much of our work is here. We strive to contribute to the continued success and pleasures of the city.

Fletcher Priest Architects works at the urban, architectural and interior scales and explores our own research themes.

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Grosvenor Britain & Ireland creates and manages high-quality neighbourhoods across the UK and Ireland. The company’s diverse property development, management and investment portfolio includes Grosvenor’s London estate of Mayfair and Belgravia, in which it has a £1bn rolling investment programme.

Other developments are elsewhere in London and in Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh and Southampton. As at 31 December 2016, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland had £5.1bn of assets under management.

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Hawkins Brown are an internationally-renowned award winning practice of over 250 architects, interior designers, urban designers and researchers.

Founded in 1988, they bring a wealth of experience designing and delivering innovative and socially sustainable buildings across multiple sectors. People are at the heart of everything thing they do, from their design approach to the way our studio runs. Their designers bring a fresh and collaborative approach to each new design challenge, creating places with personality and purpose that are well-made, well-used and well-loved.

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The Howard de Walden Estate is the freehold owner of most of the buildings in 92 acres of Marylebone, central London. It manages and leases properties across an area that extends from Marylebone High Street in the west to Portland Place in the east and from Wigmore Street in the south to Marylebone Road in the north.

The Estate is 100 per cent owned by the Howard de Walden family, whose deep historic connections to Marylebone date back to around 1710. With its entire operation based on Queen Anne Street, the business is firmly rooted in the local community and is fully committed to a long term investment strategy, with an equal focus on each of its four sectors: residential, office, medical and retail.

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HTA Design LLP is a multi-disciplinary practice based in London, Manchester and Edinburgh, specialising in regeneration. The practice was originally established in 1969 and has a strong history of delivering great projects. HTA Architects Ltd, transferred to HTA Design LLP in April 2013 when a new partnership was formed.

Comprised of specialist teams, HTA Design LLP employs 160 staff working in architecture, landscape design, planning, urban design, sustainability and graphic design & communications.

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Metwork’s work is driven by close engagement with the client and the brief, through a process that seeks to harness the full spectrum of society’s talent.

They collaborate with a wide variety of people from artists and carpenters to researchers and writers because they believe that propositions are improved through creative and open engagement.

They deliver crafted buildings and enduring places that encourage community. Always striving to make the ordinary extraordinary.

Inventive, Inclusive, Rigorous and Generous

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The Portman Estate comprises 110 acres of Marylebone in London’s West End, including frontages to Oxford Street and Baker Street. It covers 69 streets, 650 buildings and four garden squares all housing over 700 directly managed residential units, 290 office units, 150 shops and restaurants, 27 hotels and seven pubs. It is committed to excellence in customer service and aims to be the destination of choice for residents, businesses and visitors, where the buildings exceed market demand and the environment is distinctive, varied and vibrant.

Since 2002, the Estate has directly invested an average of £20 million per year throughout Marylebone. This has included the regeneration of its independent retail streets, Seymour Place, New Quebec Street and Chiltern Street, and the introduction of new extensively renovated hotels The Zetter Townhouse and Z at Gloucester Place. Over the next ten years, an estimated £350 million will be reinvested Estate-wide to ensure long term growth and create attractive, vibrant spaces for the Marylebone community to enjoy. Projects currently under construction on the Estate include the redevelopment of the former police station at 1 – 9 Seymour Street, Regent House on Edgware Road, the Baker Street Two Way scheme, and the landmark mixed use development at Marble Arch Place. Future initiatives include the planned redevelopment of 1 – 4 Marble Arch.

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Rockwell is a London-focussed developer with extensive experience delivering large-scale, transformative, mixed-use projects.

Our passion for inspirational design and the delivery of consistently high-quality projects underpins a vision for impactful development. The scale and distinctiveness of Rockwell’s projects reflects the firm’s capability, drive, agility and tenacity. This is essential for translating aspiration into achievement. Rockwell is committed to full, active and meaningful engagement with the communities in which it works; supported by collaborative partnerships with the best architects, development teams and contractors.

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Weston Williamson + Partners is an RIBA award winning architectural and urban design practice specialising in infrastructure, urban regeneration and place making projects. Established in 1985, we have completed a wide variety of projects, at home and abroad, comprising both new and reused buildings of various sizes.

They provide a broad range of services including architecture, urban design, visualisation, passenger modelling and BIM allowing us to create the best possible designs for our clients. We are currently engaged in exciting transport, residential, commercial, master planning and urban design projects including: Crossrail 1 stations at Paddington and Woolwich, Crossrail 2 and HS2 master planning, residential developments across London for local authorities and developers and commercial developments for Network Rail. Our design ethos is underpinned by over 30 years expertise in designing and delivering simple elegant architecture.

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An early leaflet gave the Society’s objects as ‘to draw together all Lovers of London’.

Raffles Davison wrote ‘The chief issue is the good of London, its orderly and beautiful development, its general amenity as a place for business or pleasure’ and that the Society’s role was ‘to think about the Future of London and it’s improvement’ as well as ’the jealous preservation of all that is old and beautiful in London as far as is possible.’ These aims of the Society hold good even today.

In 1919 the Society published its own Development Plan for London – one of the first London Plans – its call for green spaces in the outer suburbs was a precursor of the Green Belt legislation and the area covered in the plan foreshadowed the designation of the enlarged municipal areas. In the inter-war years the Society worked on more detailed plans for the central area during a period when there was little political interest in spatial planning.