The City Centre is the place to come to learn about and debate
the built environment of the Square Mile and home to the City of London’s official architectural model. Through exhibitions, events and learning activity, The City Centre provides access to the City for professionals, the public and young people, helping to inform good decision-making and inspiring young people to engage with the built environment. It is managed by Pipers on behalf of the City of London Corporation.

 

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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Head of Learning
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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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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Marketing & Communications 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

 

The City Centre is managed by Pipers on behalf of the City of London Corporation
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