Join Iain Sinclair, Tom Bolton And Campaigners To Debate How London Is Changing

By Londonist Last edited 34 months ago
Join Iain Sinclair, Tom Bolton And Campaigners To Debate How London Is Changing

Anti-gentrification anger on the streets of Brixton, squatters occupying the 12-Bar Club, the closure of some of Soho's best-loved haunts, plans to redevelop swathes of Spitalfields — the debate about the pace of change in London hasn't been this heated for decades.

Be it locals being priced out of their old area or the bulldozers moving in on beloved buildings, everyone knows that London is changing. Some are excited, some are nervous and some are angry.

For the first in a series of events we're organising with Conway Hall, called London Is, we've assembled a panel of some of the finest London minds for a discussion on the topic of regeneration, gentrification and redevelopment in the city — how it is altering, how that affects us and what can be done about it.

Writer, walker, London shaman Iain Sinclair will be joined by Ground Control author Anna Minton; Tom Bolton, river man and author of Vanishing City: London’s Lost Neighbourhoods; and Helen Parton, programme manager of Clerkenwell Design Week 2013 and 2014.

As well as the panel, we'll hear from anti-regeneration and gentrification campaigners, plus we'll be taking questions from the floor as part of a vibrant and open debate on why and how London changes, the good and bad of it.

The London Is events will be engaging discussions on different aspects of all our lives in the city. We're really excited about the chance to explore a broad range of topics with fellow London lovers at a venue as striking and important as Conway Hall. Join us!

Londonist and Conway Hall present: London is Changing, Monday 28 September, 7.30pm, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1R 4RL. Tickets are £8 available from the website.

Last Updated 13 August 2015


This event runs the risk of being an anti-regeneration "don't build anything unless it's small and only for social rent" echo chamber - in the interest of balance (and widening the views of Londonist readers), should you not invite people who are involved in the city's growth and trying to make it to happen in the right way; someone who might be able to talk about the competing needs of the city we all love in the years to come, and how these might be addressed together - someone from the GLA or a Centre for London perhaps? Don't get me wrong, I'm all for building more social rent and building the right things the right way but there's a huge lack of balance and understanding of development and what it can do for us all. If we both just trot along in parallel - one side building and one side complaining - then we miss the opportunity to influence each others' thinking.