The City Centre is the place to come to learn all about the Square Mile - the unsurpassed heritage of its built environment; its present offer as a world class financial and business centre; its unique collection of cultural institutions and its exciting future as a vibrant, forward-looking place.  

 

Featuring a series of exhibitions, installations and graphical material, The City Centre documents the make-up of the City - it’s cultural life; the business community; its places and spaces; the way it is run today and its plans for the future. Alongside that is a state of the art model of the City's current and future built environment.

The City Centre is available for private hire, with a board room, conference room and access to London's Roman Amphitheatre. The spaces are fully equipped to support a wide range of events including receptions, conferences, meetings and dinners. A dedicated team can provide event management, hospitality and catering.

 


Meet the team

Director
Benjamin James O’Connor

Benjamin started as Director of The City Centre in September 2015 and has since developed several new streams of activity including an Education programme, Exhibitions, Public Events and a brand new Private Hire offer. Benjamin comes to the City from his role as Head of Operations at the Garden Museum which is where he developed his interest and expertise in green infrastructure and public space, two key focal points for the Centre’s activity. 

Prior to his role at the Garden Museum, Benjamin has worked as a Gallery Manager for a private commercial gallery and an EA to the Director and Board of Trustees at Dulwich Picture Gallery. He trained in Fine Art to MA level at Central Saint Martin’s School of Art and Design, has been a Features Editor for an online lifestyle magazine and sits on a number of committees for Cultural Development.

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Exhibition and Events Coordinator
Faith Clark

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Faith is The City Centre's Exhibition and Events Coordinator. She graduated from The University of Glasgow in 2014 with a joint honours in Art History and Business Management. Since then she has worked in Festival Administration roles for a variety of international Fringe venues in Edinburgh and Melbourne and as a Programming Intern for the arts charity Artis Contemporary in New York. Before joining The City Centre in May 2016 she worked as an Administration Assistant at James Gibb Factors, an independent property company based in Scotland. She is interested in contemporary art, design and craft. Faith is responsible for assisting with exhibitions, events, public programming and with the day to day running of The City Centre.

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Content Officer
Cleo Valentine

Cleo is The City Centre’s Content Officer.  By way of background, Cleo graduated from Montreal’s McGill University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Systems and Economics and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Sustainable Urban Development at the University of Oxford.  Most recently, Cleo worked as a Marketing and Communications Strategist for Urban Intelligence, a spatial planning technology startup based out of the Futures City Catapult in London, UK.  Cleo assists with digital marketing and the curation of design content for both The City Centre and One City.

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Education Manager
Lettie McKie

Lettie is our Education Manager. After studying Art History at the University of East Anglia from 2005 - 2009 she started her career at The Royal Opera House in 2010. Since then Lettie has co-ordinated public events and schools visits at a variety of arts organisations including the Barbican and Dulwich Picture Gallery. Most recently she ran the Learning department at Fulham Palace. She joins us with a wealth of experience developing and delivering Educational content for all ages, backgrounds and abilities and is excited by the new challenge of building the City Centre's Learning Programme.  

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Events Coordinator
Martha Fish

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Martha is The City Centre’s Events Coordinator. Since graduating from the University of Bristol in 2014 with a degree in History of Art she has accumulated experience within arts administration and project coordination. Martha completed a series of internships at a variety of organisations including Innocent Fine Art Gallery, The Royal Opera House and within the Learning & Participation Department at English National Opera before joining the Classes & Courses team at The Place. Martha joined The City Centre in June 2017 and is responsible for assisting the team with the delivery of their events programme and the day to day running of the centre.

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Learning Coordinator
Hannah Askari

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Hannah is The City Centre's Learning Coordinator. She graduated with a degree in Modern and Contemporary History in 2015 from Queen Mary, University of London. Since graduating she has had experience in project and volunteer coordination in pop-up projects with the National Trust that showcased London’s modern heritage and architecture. Before joining in July 2017, Hannah was working as a Language Assistant in Barcelona, teaching English as a Second Language for a primary and secondary school. Hannah is responsible for supporting the delivery of The City Centre and New London Architecture’s learning programme for schools, families and young people.

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Chef
Konstantinos Bougioukntolaptsis

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Kostas is The City Centre Chef. He started working at the Centre early in 2016 developing new menu ideas for catered events, meetings and receptions. He has been cooking professionally since 1995 and has been working in restaurants, hotels and cocktail bars in both London and across Europe. Due to his Greek origins, the main focus of his cooking is flavours from the Mediterranean, pastries, breads and his own special blend of infused tea. He is a big fan of Asian culinary tradition and loves Japanese food.  Interested in computers and technology, he is in the final year of his Computer Science B.Sc.(hons). 

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Digital Marketing Manager
Deborah Ajia

Deborah is The City Centre’s Digital Marketing Manager. She graduated from University of Brighton in 2013 with a degree in Digital Media. She has worked in a number of digital agencies and art PR companies. Her past client list included IKON Gallery, Wallace Collection, New Look, Bottega Veneta, Ralph Lauren and more.
Deborah joined The City Centre in August 2016 and is responsible for taking care of the Digital marketing and content production of The City Centre and One City London. She enjoys drawing, photography, foreign cinema and dabbling in the culinary arts.

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Contact us

The City Centre
80 Basinghall Street
London
EC2V 5AR

Tel: +44 (0)207 6008 362
thecitycentre@cityoflondon.gov.uk
 

Open times:

The City Centre Gallery
Monday – Saturday
10:00 – 17:00

The City Model Exhibition
Friday - Saturday
10:00 – 17:00

 

 

 

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