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We held a fascinating lunch with London’s top developers at One Canada Square, generously hosted by the Canary Wharf Group. We took the opportunity to make a special presentation to Canary Wharf Chairman & Chief Executive, Sir George Iacobescu CBE, for his outstanding contribution to London’s heritage. The support of the Canary Wharf Group has underpinned HOLT’s work across the city over the last 9 years.

Visiting the Garden Museum’s refurbishment, with a look at the Victorian lanterns HOLT is supporting. With Director Christopher Woodward.

Visits to our projects this autumn included a trip to Alexandra Palace’s Victorian theatre, led by the palace’s CEO Louise Stewart. This major restoration project continues until spring 2018.

A wonderful evening on Thursday at Bush Hall with songs and readings about London. Joanna Songi, Jerome Knox and Sarah Berger were accompanied by Nigel Foster, director of the London Song Festival, on piano… The evocative interior of Bush Hall and a romp through Flanders & Swann, Madeleine Dring and Gershwin, with London folksongs by Reg Meuross, Ralph McTell & Laura Marling created a magical atmosphere.

One of the best feel concerts I’ve done in my life – Jerome Knox

Listen to Joanna Songi here

Other clips on our YouTube channel

A fantastic celebration of Brixton’s restored market barrows, with Stuart Horwood, CEO of Brixton Market Traders’ Federation CIC, Mari Rejinders, our crowdfunders and Brixton supporters! Thanks to all who came & all who supported.

For more pics see the Brixton Blog: http://www.brixtonblog.com/brixton-barrows-reborn/40203

A once-in-a-hundred-years’ sight – the historic bells of Southwark Cathedral lowered through the tower before they go off for restoration. Andrew Wilby from John Taylor & Co Bell Foundry, the Very Revd Andrew Nunn, the Dean of Southwark Cathedral, and Chris Giddins, Belfry Warden, discussed their restoration.

Our Annual Conference in Westminster City Hall was packed with 100 delegates – London’s conservation officers, planners, top architects, builders, developers and digital and technology leaders – considering the impact of the Great Fire 350 years ago and key issues today for urban design, place-making, regeneration and innovative building.

The Brixton barrows project is underway – a workshop has been set up in a railway arch on Brixton Station Road and local carpenter Mari Rejinders has started work on the first in line… We visited with Stuart Horwood, CEO of Brixton Market Traders’ Federation CIC, and Mark Atkinson, responsible for Portobello and Golborne Road markets, plus HOLT supporters. The project will run until September 2016 – drop by arch number 553 if you are in the area.

Spring-Summer Patrons’ visits with HOLT’s President Martin Drury to the Charterhouse, Farringdon; the mausoleum to the Conde de Bayona, a 19th century Spanish sherry tycoon, in St Mary’s Roman Catholic Cemetery, Kensal Green; and 19 Princelet Street, Spitalfields – still with its looms and bobbins of long-gone silk-weavers in the attic, and a 19th century synagogue built over the garden.

The Canary Wharf Group generously hosts a lunch for the Heritage of London Trust every year… This year we were delighted to invite as our guest speaker Sadiq Khan MP, the London Mayoral candidate. London’s top developers joined us for a fascinating discussion.