Lunchtime Model Talks

Every Friday

Tickets: Free
Drop in Event


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.



City Briefing: Public Realm

Wednesday, 30 May
18:00 - 19:10

Tickets: Free
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Our City Briefing events give you the chance to learn about how the work of different teams within the City of London Corporation contributes to improving the built environment of the Square Mile. This month we will be hearing from the Public Realm team, along with a panel of industry experts, for an evening of debate and discussion around how the City is continually evolving to meet the needs of the growing community and an increasing number of visitors.

The team is currently working on major strategies in key areas of the City including Moorgate, the Eastern City Cluster, and a new cultural destination called Culture Mile. These are the foundation for improving the streets and public spaces in the Square Mile. The team is also delivering a temporary public art project called Sculpture in the City, as well as a City wide Lighting Strategy.


  • Simon Glynn Assistant Director, City Public Realm, City of London Corporation
  • Katherine Fleming Operations Director, The Aldgate Partnership
  • Eric Hallquist Director of the Landscape Architecture Department, AECOM
  • Maia Tarling-Hunter Senior Project Officer, Collaborative Design team, Sustrans

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City Identity: Changing Skyline Walking Tour

Saturday, 2 June
14:00 – 15:30

Tickets: Free
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Due to its pre-eminent and diverse architecture the London skyline is one of the most recognisable in the world and it is celebrated as an iconic part of the capital’s culture. Over the next decade London’s skyline will be drastically transformed with the Square Mile set to be home to 13 new skyscrapers. Our walk will explore how the skyline in and around the Eastern Cluster has informed the City of London’s identity as the historic heart of the capital.

This walk will start at The City Centre, EC2V 5AR and end at Liverpool Street Station, EC2M 7QH.



Open House Families: Tour of the City

Sunday, 10 June 
11:00 – 15:00

Tickets: Free
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As part of Open House Families weekend come on one of our free tours of the square mile starting around our interactive model of The City of London.

Tours can be booked in advanced for the timings below or you can drop-in on the day


Meet our guide at The City Centre, 80 Basinghall Street, EC2V 5AR. 
Suitable for ages 6+ (younger siblings welcome) all children must be accompanied by an adult

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Changing Places Panel Discussion

Thursday, 14 June
18:00 – 19:30

Tickets: Free
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The City of London has a varied and unique identity that is often overlooked. We think of the City as purely a space for work, for business and in particular as a financial centre.

Whilst the City remains the financial capital of Europe, our panellists will uncover the history and future of three iconic areas that prove the City has a lot more to offer; The Eastern Cluster, Culture Mile, Cheapside.


  • Gwyn Richards Head of Design, City of London Corporation
  • Paul Lincoln Policy and Communications Team, Landscape Institute
  • Grant Smith Architectural Photographer and City Guide
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City Identity: Commerce Walking Tour

Saturday, 16 June 
14:00 – 15:30

Tickets: Free
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Throughout history commerce has played a huge part in forming the City of London’s identity. From the arrival of the coffee house in the 17th Century where some of the world’s greatest financial institutions like Lloyd’s of London were born, up until now where over 500 banks have made their home in the City. Our walk will explore the heart of the Square Mile around Bank Junction. We will take in the significant buildings that were vital in establishing the City as the UK's financial centre. 

This walk will start and finish at The City Centre, EC2V 5AR.



Architecture Showoff with Steve Cross

Wednesday 20 June
19:30 - 21:30

Tickets: £10 (includes a free glass of beer/wine with a paid bar thereafter)
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After the success of our inaugural City of London Showoff in March, comedian Steve Cross is returning to The City Centre as part of the LFA to host another Showoff event. This time he'll be focusing on the theme of Architecture.  Expect an evening of stand up, storytelling and interesting facts about London's built environment.

Line up to be announced shortly.



Big Bang to Brexit Panel Discussion

Thursday, 28 June 
18:00 – 19:30

Tickets: Free
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Since the Big Bang in 1986 the City has remained a resilient centre for business, culture and trade. What impact did the Big Bang have on the City's built environment? How has the City changed since, and what lies in store for the City post Brexit? Addressing the theme of Identity, this panel discussion will reflect on how The City of London’s built environment has developed over the last 30 years to adapt to ever-changing needs.

Panel: TBA shortly

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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. 

* Concession tickets are available for City of London Corporation Staff and Students 

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