Lunchtime Model Talks

Every Friday


Free tickets available here


Free 20 minute introductory talks around the City of London's official architectural model of the square mile. One of our knowledgeable team will introduce the 1:500 scale interactive model, revealing what it teaches about the history, present and future of the City of London. Detailing every existing building and planned new development in the City the model is a fascinating record of its built environment, allowing a panoramic birds eye view of the area.


Smart Green Spaces Walking Tour

With Dr Charles Fentiman and Sarah Hudson

Saturday, 20 May
14.00 - 16.00

Standard Ticket - £18
Concession Ticket - £14*

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As part of The City Centre's ‘A Smarter City’ programme join Dr Charles Fentiman and Sarah Hudson on a walking tour that explores and celebrates The City of London's Green spaces and Biodiversity. 

This tour will include some of the Sites of Local Importance for Nature Conservation including St Mary Aldermanbury and Bunhill Fields in order to give you an understanding of the surprising number of species that can be found in the most unexpected places within the Square Mile.


London Festival of Architecture Pop-Up Project

Pop-Up Lego Challenge
Saturday, 6 May 

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Design Workshop at AHMM
Saturday 20 May
11.00 - 14.00

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Build a Pop-up in Three Days 

Wednesday 31 May 
to Friday 2 June
10.00 – 16.00

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A rare opportunity to design and build a unique pop-up structure for London Festival of Architecture 2017. Working with architects from Allford Hall Monaghan Morris alongside structural engineers and construction contractors you will be involved in the creation of an entirely new structural piece from start to finish. You will get the chance to put the final piece in a real space in the City of London working for a client who manages the space who will expect your work to be of the highest quality!
The structure will be made from Miniplex, developed by AHMM architect Vlad Tenu, an adaptable modular assembly system that is easy to use. Working as a team made up of young people and professionals you will run a public event on the last day of the course demonstrating to members of the public how to use the system so that they can help you construct the final work. The piece will then remain in situ for a week during the festival so that thousands of passers by will engage with your designs.
If you are thinking about studying architecture, engineering, construction or a related built environment subject at university this course will give you an in-depth taster of what a career in the field would really be like. 

You can sign up for individual workshops at the booking links on this page. 

Alternatively you can book the entire course by emailing the Education Manager


Retrofit in The City Walking Tour

With David Thompson

Saturday, 24 June
14.00 - 16.00

Standard Ticket - £18
Concession Ticket - £14*

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Although tall buildings are increasingly dominating the City’s skyline the vast majority of new development within the square mile is retrofit, where an historic or post-war building is re-clad or renovated in order to make it suitable for 21st Century use.

This tour will include some of the best and most recent examples of retrofit including Lutyen’s former Midland Bank now luxury hotel The Ned and Frederick's Place a perfectly preserved Georgian cul de sac down Old Jewry opposite James Stirling's 1 Poultry. We will examine these and many other notable examples of retrofit considering how it enables architects to preserve the past while providing for the future.

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Past Events

The City Centre has an active programme of events, from City Walking Tours and Model Talks to events that celebrate the Built Environment and Green Infrastructure in The City.  

Click here for more information on our past events. 


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