The NLA Programme

NLA’s year-round programme examines all sectors of London’s built environment from housing to commercial development, regeneration to infrastructure, as well as major areas of opportunity across the capital.

A carefully curated mix of research, events and exhibitions provides comprehensive coverage of the issues affecting London’s changing physical environment.

Download the programme up to February 2017 here, and the 2017 programme themes here.

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New London Neighbourhood Tour - Covent Garden

Walking Tours, Wednesday 25 January 2017

10:30-12:30 (Registration at 10:15)

A new walk for 2017, join NLA as we explore one of London’s most exciting and densely populated residential, retail and office neighbourhoods, anchored around one of London’s most visited sites, Covent Garden Market.

The Big Debate: Shaping the next London Plan

Big Debate, Monday 30 January 2017

17:30 – 20:30

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED BUT YOU CAN REGISTER FOR THE WAITING LIST How do we build a great city for Londoners in a period of major growth? Have your say on the future shape of the capital at this major free debate on the next London Plan, organised in partnership with leading London associations.

Meeting London’s school needs

Half-day Conference, Wednesday 8 February 2017

09:00 - 13:00

London is facing a dramatic shortage of school places, with a requirement for more than 62,934 new primary places and 47,430 new secondary school places over the next five years. NLA explores what steps can be taken now to ensure the future demands for school places are met.

New London Neighbourhood Tour - King's Cross St Pancras

Walking Tours, Saturday 11 February 2017

14:00-16:00 (Registration at 13:45)

The dramatic renewal of this key two-station transport hub kick-started the regeneration of King’s Cross Central, 67acres of old railway and industrial land being transformed into a vibrant new neighbourhood for living, working, learning and play.

Digital London: Making the planning system work for the 21st Century

Breakfast Talk , Friday 17 February 2017

08:30 – 09:30 (Registration from 08:00)

This NLA breakfast talk will look at how the planning industry can modernize to engage more people in the capital’s planning issues, looking at Future Cities Catapult’s latest ‘Future of Planning’ research identifying the current pinch points in London’s planning system for all users.

New London Neighbourhood Tour - West End

Walking Tours, Wednesday 22 February 2017

10:30-12:30 (Registration at 10:15)

World famous for it’s theatres, retail and night life, discover London’s West End as it undergoes massive transformation and new placemaking projects.

NLA on Location: Barking & Dagenham

On Location, Thursday 23 February 2017


NLA visits Barking & Dagenham for an in-depth look at upcoming development across this key East London Borough.

Neighbourhood Planning: 5 years on…

Breakfast Talk , Friday 24 February 2017

08:30 – 09:30 (Registration from 08:00)

In the five years since the introduction of Neighbourhood Planning in 2011’s Localism Act, London appears to be lagging behind the UK average, with a significantly smaller proportion of plans compared to the rest of the country, and only a scant few having reached the final hurdle.

Don’t Move, Improve! Design Surgeries

Open Day , Saturday 25 February 2017

11:00 -16:00

NLA’s Don’t Move, Improve! Design Surgeries return on Saturday 25 February 2017, offering FREE advice and inspiration to Londoners looking to extend their homes.

New London Neighbourhood Tour - The City

Walking Tours, Saturday 11 March 2017

14:00-16:00 (Registration at 13:45)

Traditionally the historic and financial heart of the capital, The City of London continues to experience ongoing regeneration. Home to some of London’s largest and most high-profile tall buildings, this ever-changing neighborhood offers bustling excitement alongside creative public realm projects and cultural buildings.

New London Neighbourhood Tour - Canary Wharf

Walking Tours, Wednesday 29 March 2017

10:30-12:30 (Registration at 10:15)

Just 28 years after construction began, Canary Wharf is one of London’s planning success stories. This walk will explore new developments in the area as it prepares for the arrival of Crossrail in 2018.

Housing Innovation: New methods of construction and delivery

Half-day Conference, Thursday 30 March 2017


The housing industry is constantly pushing the boundaries of construction, in particular around modular and prefabricated homes. However, are we doing enough to reverse the “inexorable decline” predicted for the construction industry in The Farmer Review? Major new efforts in the delivery of affordable housing are being made, but how can we push these modern methods to deliver at the pace required?