London of the Future

by The London Society in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

London of the Future
We did it
On 6th April 2023 we successfully raised £12,950 ( + est. £327.50 Gift Aid ) with 141 supporters in 51 days

Help produce the most important book about the future of the capital to be published this year - ideas for the next 100 years of London.

by The London Society in London, Greater London, United Kingdom


What will happen to London in 2123? Will the City become a Venice-like heritage park for tourists?; or be an independent state? Could local food production feed the capital? How will we need to adapt to climate change? Will we become a techno-utopia, with Londoners’ lives in perfect harmony with Artificial Intelligence? How do we get a London that is fair and equitable for everyone?

Nothing is certain except that anything is possible. 

One hundred years ago The London Society published the seminal 'London of the Future', a bold and visionary work, covering topics including city-centre airports and channel tunnels, as well as concerns about pollution, housing and access to public space.

We’re creating the second version and we want you to be part of it. 

This new book will set out how our city could and should improve over the next century. Some of the issues of the original work remain potent today, but there are many new questions and considerations that the twentieth-century authors couldn’t foresee.

Everyone who contributes to this crowdfunding appeal will get their names listed as a 'supporter' in the new book (plus a copy of the book of course). There is a range of other rewards including invitations to the launch party, reprints of the original edition, life membership of The Society and more.

2023's London of the Future will offer dynamic 100-year thinking from a range of voices about how our city provides for all of its occupants and its role on a larger global stage. Each text will highlight a key concern for London and ways in which it can be tackled.

This is the most important book on London to be published this year - support it to be a part of the debate about the future of our city.

[London of the Future will be published in Autumn 2023. The book will be approx 240 pages, 245x180 mm, hardback with approx 50 illustrations.]

[cover image (c) Adam Nathaniel Furman:

Contributors include

Peter Murray: author, editor and cofounder of New London Architecture

Baroness Lawrence: campaigner, founder of the Stephen Lawrence Memorial Trust and life peer

Tony Travers: Visiting Professor in LSE Department of Government and Director of LSE London

Carolyn Steel: architect and author of ‘Hungry City: How Food Shapes Our Lives’ and ‘Sitopia: How Food Can Save the World'

Sarah Ichioka: urbanist, strategist, curator and writer

Anna Minton: writer, journalist and Reader in Architecture at UEL. Author of ‘Big Capital: Who is London for?’

Yasmin Jones-Henry: writer, strategist, consultant with specialisms across sustainability, design, fashion & culture

Hugh Pearman: a London-based architectural writer, editor and consultant. Author of several books including 'Contemporary World Architecture' and 'About Architecture: An Essential Guide in 55 Buildings' 

Mark Stevenson: 'Reluctant Futurist' and strategic advisor to governments, NGOs and corporates

Roma Agrawal: structural engineer and author of 'Built: The Hidden Stories Behind Our Structures' and 'Nuts and Bolts: Seven Small Inventions That Changed the World (In a Big Way)'

Claire Bennie: director of Municipal, a consultancy which helps visionary public landowners to deliver better quality new homes at the right pace and price

Indy Johar: architect, co-founder of 00 ( and a Senior Innovation Associate with the Young Foundation and Visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield

Kat Hanna: urbanist and researcher, and Director, Strategic Advisory and Place Strategy for Avison Young 

Gillian Darley: architectural historian and President of the Twentieth Century Society

Jude Kelly: CEO and founder of The WOW Foundation, and formerly Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre

Mark Brearley: architect, manufacturer, professor at London Metropolitan University and author

Smith Mordak: Director of Sustainability and Physics at engineers Buro Happold

Neal Shasore: historian and Head of School and Chief Executive of the London School of Architecture

Grafton Architects: an international architecture studio based in Dublin, Ireland




This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£50 or more

54 of 150 claimed

Reward Level 1 - two books

Your name in the book as a 'supporter' of the project, PLUS a copy of 'London of the Future' upon publication, PLUS a digital copy of the original 1921 book.

£75 or more

9 of 50 claimed

Reward Level 2 - plus our 'Plan for London'

The two books from Reward Level 1, PLUS a copy of the centenary reprint of the original London Society's 1919 'Development Plan for Greater London'

£100 or more

23 of 30 claimed

Reward Level 3 - plus an original reprint

Everything from Reward Levels 1 and 2, plus a reprint copy of the original 1921 'London of the Future'

£150 or more

2 of 30 claimed

Reward Level 4 - plus Society membership

Everything from the previous levels - your name in the book, copies of the new work and a reprint of the 1921 edition, our 1919 'Development Plan for Great London'- PLUS free membership of The London Society for 12 months (giving you free and discounted tickets to all of our events).

£250 or more

4 of 25 claimed

Reward Level 5 - plus a launch party invite

Everything in the previous reward levels - your name on the supporters' page in the new book, the copies of the new and old 'London of the Future', the reprint of the Society's 'London Plan' map and membership of the Society - plus an invite to the book launch party at a prestigious venue, where you will be able to rub shoulders with some of the authors.

£500 or more

2 of 25 claimed

Patron - a little bit more

All other rewards, plus an additional invite to the launch party, plus your name (or company name) separately listed in the book as a 'Patron'

£1,000 or more

3 of 10 claimed

Gold Patron - plus life membership

All the previous rewards, plus life membership of The London Society and your name (or company name) featured in 'London of the Future' as a 'Gold Patron' supporter of the Society and the publication.

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