Formed in 1912, the London Society works to promote discussion about the architecture and the development of London, whether that’s the cost of housing, the proliferation or high rise buildings or the state of the capital’s infrastructure. You can follow what it does on Twitter or Facebook.
It organises behind the scenes tours of redevelopments and new buildings, talks and debates, walks and other events. So for example, in recent weeks it has had everything from a tour of the Albert Hall with the architects responsible for the refurbishment, a talk on 1930s apartment blocks and an architectural walk around Canary Wharf. It also sponsors the All-Party Parliamentary Group on London Planning and the Built Environment, which attempts to bring parliamentarians together to discuss areas of concern for the capital.
It costs just £25 a year to be a member, and for that you get special rates on the events and two issues of the rather splendid Journal, the forthcoming edition of which includes photo essays on London ‘makers’ and London churches, features on the early days of Trebor and Savile Row’s oldest tailors, and pieces on Isokon flats and Brompton bikes.
I’m urging you to join, or at least sign up for the newsletter, partly because I think you’ll get a lot out of it, and partly because I’m the Director of it, and the more of you get involved, the more its influence will grow,