We will be opening our Archives to the public for the London Open House weekend on Saturday and Sunday 20th and 21st September, 11am to 4pm. Including an exhibition of Edwin Lutyens work in the area.
Our Annual General Meeting will be held 6.30pm on Wednesday 12th November 2014 in the Pavilion Restaurant, The Grange Rochester Hotel, 69 Vincent Square, London SW1P 2PA. The speaker to be announced soon.
Please click below to see our 2014-15 Program of Visits.
Including The Royal College of Physicians, The British Optical Assoc. Museum, Stanley Picker House & Gallery, The Golden Hinde II, the South London Botanical Institure, The Guards Museum & Concert, Kew Bridge Steam Museum, The Magic Circle Experience, St Bartholomew's Hospital & Carol Service, The Royal Institute of British Architects, the Methodist Central Hall, The Honourable Artillery Co., the Inns of Court & City Yeomanry Museum, a Musical Tour of Westminster Abbey with The Purcell Club, Harrod's Archives and the London Central Mosque.
PLEASE NOTE, THE VISIT TO THE SOUTH LONDON BOTANICAL INSTITUTE IS ON WED 5th NOVEMBER AT 2.30pm
Dinners Programme - Autumn 2014
The Society is holding two informal Buffet & Talks at The Grange Wellington Hotel on -
Mon 29 Sept & Mon 24th Nov 2014
Grange Wellington Hotel, 71 Vincent Square, SW1P 2PA (Tel.020 7834 4740) (entrance on Vincent Square), 7.00pm for 7.30pm
- 3-course fork buffet, a glass of wine/ soft drink and networking, followed by a talk at 8.30pm on a subject of general interest by an expert, in a beautiful large room with stained glass windows overlooking Rochester Row, on the ground floor.
- Cash bar available during the evening, which will end around 10pm.
- Dress code: smart casual.
- Tickets: £30 per person.
SPEAKER ANNOUNCED FOR MON 29th SEPT !
Where Do Camels Belong? The Story and Science of Invasive Species
Speaker: Dr. Ken Thompson
Where do camels belong? In the Arab world, may seem the obvious answer, but they are relative newcomers there. They evolved in North America, retain their greatest diversity in South America, and the only remaining wild dromedaries are in Australia.
This is a classic example of the contradictions of 'native' and 'invasive' species. We have all heard the horror stories of invasives, from Japanese knotweed that puts fear into the heart of gardeners, to brown tree snakes that have taken over the island of Guam.
But do we need to fear invaders? And indeed, can we control them, and do we choose the right targets?
Ken Thompson explores British attitudes to ‘alien’ species, why only a minority of introduced species succeed, and why so few of them go on to cause trouble. He discusses, too, whether our fears could be getting in the way of conserving biodiversity, and responding to the threat of climate change.
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We are holding our usual formal Dinner & Talk at The University Women's Club on -
Mon 27th Oct 2014
The University Women's Club, 2 Audley Square, W1K 1DB (Tel.020 7499 2268), 7.00pm for 7.30pm
- A welcome drink and 3-course dinner followed by a talk on a subject of general interest by an expert, in the historic Drawing Room overlooking private gardens, on the first floor.
- Further drinks available through and settled with waiting staff.
- Dress code: Lounge suit for men & equivalent for ladies.
- Tickets: £45 per person.
We welcome new members interested in appreciating and conserving the qualities of the area and we thank those existing members who help and support the society.
Planning Application Reviews
Please select the Planning page to see our reviews of local planning applications.
2012-2013 Annual Review
Our Annual General Meeting was held at 6.30pm on Wednesday 20th November 2013 at the Grange Rochester Hotel, Vincent Square, SW1P 2PA.
After the official business of the meeting, Mr Ben Wilson, Head of Communications at the Supreme Court gave a fascinating presentation entitled "The Centenary of the Middlesex Guildhall".
Click below to view our Annual Review :