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.


London Festival of Architecture Pop-Up Project

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


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The City Centre Youth Programme Pops-Up at Paternoster Square

Friday, 2 June 
(all day event starting at 10.30)
Paternoster Square,
City of London

Free Drop-in event for all ages


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The City Centre youth panel welcomes you to Paternoster Square. We have designed a new pop-up structure for the bustling precinct next to St Paul’s Cathedral working with architects from Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. Now we need your help to build it, in one day.

Working as a team made up of young people, professionals and the public we will create a new and innovative structure that nevertheless fits within Paternoster Square – a unique and historic part of the City and its built environment.



Retrofit in the City Panel Talk

Chaired by Gwyn Richards with John Robertson, Craig Hook and Michael Meadows

Friday, 2 June 
18.00 – 20.00

Tickets for this event are free but pre-booking is essentail 

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London is the eternal palimpsest, a City which is constantly altering itself while bearing the marks of the past. Responding to London Festival of Architecture 2017’s theme of Memory this panel discussion brings together a range of speakers from the industry with knowledge of the City’s Built Environment to discuss the usefulness and impact of Retrofit. Chaired by Gwyn Richards from the City of London Corporation the panel will include leading expert in City retrofit and conservation, architect John Robertson, talking about his practise’s recent work on Fleet Street. The talks and discussion will focus on recent retrofit of historic buildings that are united by a particular period drawing out the stories of how those buildings have been used in different ways over time.


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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©Broadway Malyan 

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A Smarter City - Public Realm

Wednesday, 5 July
18:00 - 20:00

Tickets for this event are free but pre-booking is essential

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Public space is an important characteristic of the City of London, with 200 pocket parks and churchyard gardens and numerous plazas totaling over 1 million square feet. To ensure that the public realm is being utilised, the City of London, and the entire capital, must enhance both flexibility and innovation when it comes to the design and development of new public spaces. 

Join us at The City Centre along with some of the shortlisted entrants to our Smart Green Spaces competition to have a lively debate about the future of London’s public realm.

Chaired by Patricia Brown (Director, Central), this free event will include presentations from Broadway Malyan's Ashish Gupta, Will Sandy and Mak Gilchrist from The Edible Bus Stop Studio and Carlin Fier from Brookfield, and a panel joined by Romy Rawlings, ‎UK Business Development Manager at Vestre.


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© Deborah Ajia

The City Cycling Tour

Saturday, 22 July
14:00 – 16:00

Standard Ticket - £18
Concession Ticket - £14*

Tickets will be released on 1st June

Pre-booking is essential. 

Join NLA Chairman, Peter Murray for this special cycling tour of The City of London.

At the weekend the streets of The City of London are transformed. The quiet and serene Square Mile is the perfect place to explore by bike. This tour will take in key pieces of architecture such as Smithfield Market, the Barbican, London Wall and The City Cluster including The Gherkin and the Leadenhall Building. We will explore the rapidly changing architectural landscape and investigate the opportunities and challenges that will arise over the next decade.

This tour will start and at The City Centre, 80 Basinghall Street, EC2V 5AG and end at Aldgate in the East.

Guests are invited to bring their own bicycles. Santander Cycles are available for hire nearby from Cheapside, Wood Street, Aldermanbury, Finsbury Circus, The Bank of England Museum and Fore Street.  See here for hire details and fees. 


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

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