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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
director@londonsociety.org.uk

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.

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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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The Berkeley Group builds homes and neighbourhoods across London, Birmingham and the South of England.

We build beautiful, successful places, blending homes, parks and public realm with great facilities to create fantastic communities where people love to live.  We work together with trusted partners to tackle the shortage of good quality homes. And we make a lasting contribution to the landscape and to the communities we help create.

Our developments range in size from a few dozen homes in a market town to complex regeneration programmes with over 5,000 homes.

Berkeley Group is made up of six autonomous companies: St George, St James, Berkeley Homes, St Edward, St William and St Joseph.

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Buckley Gray Yeoman are Shoreditch originals. Based in east London since the practice was established in 1997, we create architecture that balances depth and delight.

We describe ourselves as agents of opportunity. We take what we find – on the ground and in the brief – and uncover unanticipated possibilities. The changes we deliver are executed with a strong sense of responsibility to our clients, but we never forget that design must also make you feel good. Our work is sensitive, thorough and authentic, but it is also unapologetically joyful and surprising.

Our family has grown from a group of three friends to a team of almost a hundred, which now has collective ownership of the practice. We have also spread our geographical wings, delivering projects across the UK and Europe, each carefully tuned to its own specific place and time.

Making buildings with both depth and delight demands a very special kind of studio culture. Ours promotes trust, cultivates talent and celebrates independent thought because, like all Shoreditch originals, we enjoy sitting just the right side of unconventional.

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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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Grosvenor Britain & Ireland makes and manages sustainable neighbourhoods in London, Liverpool and across the South of England, where communities, businesses and nature can thrive.

In London, we work to support c11,000 residents, 1.000 businesses and 50,000 workers and countless visitors every single day in Mayfair and Belgravia and are building a new build to rent neighbourhood with over 1,500 homes in Bermondsey.

We are one part of a global, privately-owned family business that’s been creating and pioneering the creation and adaption of places for over 300 years. That means we act patiently, think long-term, and give equal weight to the social, environmental and commercial impact of everything we do.

“For over 300 years we’ve been pioneering change and new ways of thinking about property in the UK. Today we’re focussed on redefining the relationship between landlords, tenants and communities, based on a model of mutual success, and putting the environment at the heart of every decision we make. This way we can ensure our places are fit for the future.“ James Raynor, CEO, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland

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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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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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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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Stiff+Trevillion are a well-established West London practice with a strong reputation for elegant and sophisticated architecture. Collaboration is at the heart of the practice's ethos. The studio employs a diverse team of architects, technicians, visualisers, interior and furniture designers. This blend of skills reflects the work we do across the commercial, restaurant & retail and private residential sectors and creates a lively and vibrant working culture. 

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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.

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