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London will never be the same again…

Posted at 10:00 am, September 25, 2012 in News
Future map by Chris Tate

Post-Olympic Stratford? Pah! Yet more momentous changes are afoot in the capital (and not only Time Out going FREE!). We’ve got the future mapped – check out which bits of the city will never be the same again.


1 Hammersmith Flyunder 
What A tunnel linking Cromwell Road to Hogarth Roundabout.
When It’s at the proposal stage.
Wish Hammersmith becomes London’s designated area of outstanding natural beauty.

2 New Design Museum
What Moving the Design Museum into the old Commonwealth Institute to enhance the cultural quarter around the V&A.
When It’s due to open in 2014.
Wish An art district complete with garrets and out-of-work designers offering five-minute portraits on the Cromwell Road.

3 Architects and the City
What Post-Shard, novelty shapes will get sillier: 20 Fenchurch Street is already nicknamed the Walkie-Talkie; The Pinnacle will look like an ice cream wafer; and Richard Rogers’s 122 Leadenhall Street, due for completion in 2014, has been dubbed The Cheesegrater.
When From 2013.
Wish It all gets taken to extremes and one bold banking company pays for a funfair to be built so staff can hotdesk in rollercoaster cars.

4 London’s ‘Silicon Valley’
What Cisco investing in support for businesses and entrepreneurs. There will be two major centres: the Open Innovation Centre in Shoreditch (part of Tech City) and the Innovation and Incubation Centre in the Olympic Park.
When In the next five years.
Wish Bespectacled geeks support a booming business in coffee and manbags, banishing the staid businessman look from anywhere within a mile of Liverpool Street.

5 Cultural Industries Quarter
What From Barking Abbey to the Broadway Theatre, two old buildings on the River Roding will be converted into creative and cultural business spaces.
When Work is in progress.
Wish We’ll be talking East Bank not South Bank in ten years’ time.

6 Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
What Urban park with five sports venues, 15 outdoor events spaces and five new neighbourhoods.
When From July 2013.
Wish Stratford becomes the new Hampstead Garden Suburb.

7 Biota! Silvertown Aquarium
What It’s part of the regeneration of the Royal Docks – a marine venture that could sink or swim. Although funding has ebbed, all hope is not lost and it’s tagged as ‘ongoing’ on the Terry Farrell & Partners website.
When We can but hope.
Wish Sharks in the Thames!

8 Crossrail
What Major new stations including Woolwich, Farringdon and Bond Street. The piazza-style development around Centre Point for Tottenham Court Road station will have a platform the length of three football pitches.
When It’s due to open in 2017.
Wish All that underground action makes Oxford Street as peaceful and pleasant as a village high street.

9 Overground orbital completion
What The linking of Highbury & Islington with Clapham Junction via Shoreditch, Surrey Quays and all the stations in between.
When December 2012.
Wish North Londoners and south Londoners dare to venture over the river to get to know each other.

10 Deptford
What Richard Rogers is heavily involved with designing the new station in Deptford as part of a major redevelopment programme.
When Work is ongoing.
Wish With such attention from A-list designer talent, Deptford becomes the new Notting Hill.

11 Northern Line extension
What A southern mini-branch, that will lead to new stops at Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station.
When It could be open by 2019.
Wish Nine Elms becomes the new Old Covent Garden.


12 Art
When the cutting-edge commercial galleries moved from Vyner Street to Fitzrovia, west became the new east. Now, Clerkenwell or ‘Clerkenwold’ (between Clerkenwell and Old Street) looks set to be London’s next fine art enclave.

13 Film
This autumn sees the Barbican Cinema reopen two of its tucked away screens as street-facing venues. Also, it’s rumoured that Covent Garden’s London Film School will move to a new space at the Barbican in the next few years. A new film hub in the making?

14 Music
Venues like the Bussey Building and PeckhamPalais are showing how raving should be done. The bubbling post-everything bass sounds that you find in Brixton are making their way down the road, and it’ll probably be a particularly virulent strain of mutant R&B that takes over Peckham Rye.

15 Shopping
The streets of Claptonare teeming with trendies who have migrated from now prohibitively expensive London Fields and Dalston. MKII is the epicentre of fashion-forward fun. Meanwhile, January 2013 will see Croydon Council make a final call on whether Westfield or Hammerson (which you might know from Brent Cross) gets to make a monster £1 billion mall out of the old Whitgift site.


16 Brent Cross reflects the ‘make do and mend’ vision of the future and becomes a huge flea market?

17 Elephant & Castle’s stock of astoundingly ugly buildings is made a World Heritage Site when Unesco runs out of pretty options?

18 The BoJo Thames Estuary Airport explodes when a heavy landing triggers the ammo on board the SS Richard Montgomery…?

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