As the final London Society event of the year comes around this Thursday (Ged Pope looks at the literary heritage of London suburbs in "What kind of a place is this? You couldn't be sure."), the Society is starting to schedule events for next year.
Our overall theme for 2021 will be 'change'; this year has wrought upheavals in so many things that we took as immutable, but perhaps it was merely accelerating shifts that were already evident. As we emerge from the pandemic what things will return to 'normal', what will never be the same again, and what further changes should we be making?
And it's not just the covid effects that are bringing change. Brexit will alter the UK and London's relationship with the world (and perhaps even London's relationship with the rest of the UK). The climate emergency is ever more pressing, and how built environment professionals, politicians, planners and the general public react to this will be one of the defining tests of the next few years.
These threads and more will be picked out in our forthcoming events programme. We will be looking at changes to the way we live, the way we work, how we travel, and how we interact in public spaces, high streets, hospitality and entertainment venues.
There will be talks, debates, panel discussions, tours and, as always with the London Society, we will look at the present and the future in the context of what has gone before, and debate the measures that we might need to give us all a 'better' London.
In the short term events will be held via Zoom, but we look forward to welcoming you back to 'physical' events in due course.
Our first events for next year are already open for booking, so we hope you can join us.
If you're not currently a member of the Society, you can join here - members get discounts off events, priority booking, the Journal, free tickets to the Banister Fletcher Lecture and, even more importantly, help support our work and the programme of events that we put on. If you believe that an informed debate on the future of London is valuable, I urge you to join today.