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Grosvenor on 'Cultural Mayfair'

Public art near Grosvenor Hill, Mayfair. Artist Richard Kindersley

Our research round tables on Cultural London begin this week, with a look at the cultural and retail future of Mayfair.

These discussions follow our larger Future Cities Forum at RIBA, 'Art, Investment and Cities' in January, where Charles Saumarez Smith, Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Arts, spoke on his concerns for the area and the hoped for weekend openings of Cork Street galleries, to regenerate the cultural life of streets around the RA. The Royal Academy of Arts begins its 250th celebrations this May.

Tim Jones is an Associate Director of Grosvenor Britain & Ireland and will be speaking at our round table this week. Tim sits within the Placemaking Team of the London Estate and provides advice to all aspects of work to the many listed buildings owned by the Estate in Belgravia and Mayfair and more widely on proposals for development within the Conservation Areas. He is responsible for the Cultural Strategy and the Open Space Strategy for the Estate.

An historian and architectural historian by training, Tim was for many years the Principal Inspector of Historic Buildings, London, at English Heritage (now Historic England) with responsibility for providing advice on managing change in this highly sensitive context. He lectures widely on aspects of London's social and architectural history, including to the Victorian Society of American Summer School and the V&A Museums' courses on the History of London.

Tim is Vice Chairman of the London Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches and sits on the Fabric Committee of The Royal Albert Hall.

His publications include the significance of the built heritage of the Anglican Church, the history of Belgravia and the official history of London's Blue Plaques.

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