Smart Green Spaces Walking Tour

With Dr Charles Fentiman and Sarah Hudson

Saturday, 20 May
14.00 - 16.00


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.


Open House London 2016

17 and 18 September
10.00 - 17.00 

The City Centre will be open all weekend on the 17th and 18th September as part of Open House London with a special programme of talks and activities. 

12.00 City Talk with Peter Murray
New London Architecture Chairman and Master of the Worshipful Company of Architects Peter Murray will give a talk looking at contemporary architecture in the City of London. 

14.00 Introduction to the City of London Model
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.

15.00 London Stories with Olivia Armstrong (Suitable for Families)
Listen to our storyteller recount legends of London from its ancient Roman past to its most famous monuments. Did London Bridge really fall down? Who was Boadicea? and have you ever heard of the strange animal who is supposed to be the city's guardian?  

14.00 - 16.00 Build the City Workshop (Suitable for Families)
Become an architect for the afternoon! Design and create your own building model to take home using the recycled materials provided. 

Visitors can drop-in to each event on either day. No booking necessary.


Placemaking in the City

Panel discussion chaired by Peter Murray 

29th June
18.45 drinks and canapés reception for a 19.15 start. Event ends 20.45

Standard £35
Concession £28

*Concession price available to NLA members, CoL employees and Students

Responding to London Festival of Architecture’s 2016 theme ‘Community’ this panel discussion reflects on how we shape communities within the city, both in new buildings and retrofitting. Chaired by Peter Murray the evening will feature a range of expert panellists from across the industry who will consider the City’s current position as the world’s leading global financial centre as well as its unique architectural and cultural heritage over the last 2000 years. Panellists will debate the need for its built environment to constantly react to the fluctuations of the market and changing needs of businesses, alongside its increasing remit for the provision of high quality public space, green infrastructure and workplaces that provide for the health and well-being of employees. Panel: Paul Lincoln Deputy Chief Executive of the Landscape Institute, Oliver Bayliss Associate Director Buckely Gray Yeoman, Simon Glynn Acting Assistant Director of The City Public Realm at the City of London Corporation, Karen Cook Founding Partner of PLP Architecture, Nigel Dunnett Landscape Designer and Carlin Fier Director of Marketing and Communications at Brookfield.


Walking City Gardens

With Marion Blair

25th June, 2016

Standard £15
Concession £12

*Concession price available to NLA members, CoL employees and Students

City guide and garden expert Marion Blair will take visitors on a whirlwind tour of some of the City gardens that inspired Rebecca Louise Law’s ‘The City Garden’ installation at The City Centre.

From blitz gardens to roof gardens, Wren churchyards to private havens for City employees, this tour will give you an understanding of the complexities of the City’s network of open spaces. Far from a concrete jungle, the City has a wealth of historic and contemporary spaces for the public and workers to enjoy with well thought out planting schemes that defy a range of inhospitable and historic barriers.

90 Years of British Architecture

Panel discussion chaired by John Goodall 

15th June
18.45 drinks andcanapés reception for a 19.15 start. Event ends 20.45

Standard £35
Concession £28

*Concession price available to NLA members, CoL employees and Students


To celebrate the 90th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II The City Centre is hosting a panel discussion as part of London Festival of Architecture reviewing and celebrating British Architecture during her lifetime. Chaired by John Goodall the Architecture Editor of Country Life the panel will also include Kenneth Powell author of New London Architecture, Rory Olcayto Chief Executive of Open City, The Royal Academy's Architectural Programme Curator Owen Hopkins and Historic England's chief buildings investigator Elain Harwood. Each will take a different period of the Queen’s lifetime from the historic buildings of her pre-war childhood to visionary post-war design, later post-modernist innovations in the 1980s and the rebirth of the Skyscraper in the 21st Century. 


Nigel Dunnett in conversation with Tom Stuart-Smith

1st June, 2016
18.15 - 20.00

Standard £35
Concession £28
Price includes drinks and canapés

*Concession price available to NLA members, CoL employees and Students


Join landscape designers Professor Nigel Dunnett and Tom Stuart-Smith for The City Centre's inaugural public event. Nigel and Tom will be discussing the challenges and triumphs of Nigel's Beech Garden and High Walk project which forms part of the Grade II listed Barbican Estate

Professor Dunnett was commissioned to develop new gardens and plantings north west of the Barbican after waterproofing works had been carried out. The new gardens, which had to respect the listed features and layout, provided an exciting opportunity to maximise a range of benefits such as increasing the biodiversity and aesthetic value, whilst meeting the challenging site conditions of this 'podium' landscape, including exposure and a wide range of microclimates. Crucially, the gardens are a pioneering example of a radical transformation of the public realm to meet the challenges posted by climate change and to create a more sustainable approach to the urban landscape. 

The planting scheme includes 22,000 herbaceous plants to provide colour and interest throughout the flowering season and fourteen new multi-stemmed trees to provide structure and a linear aspect to the garden.

Professor Nigel Dunnett uses a pioneering approach to planting design and the integration of ecology and horticulture to achieve low-input, dynamic and diverse, ecologically-tuned landscapes. This work has been widely applied in the UK and abroad.   He has worked on many major innovative, large scale projects, including the London 2012 Olympic Park, as well as The Diamond Garden, Buckingham Palace, the John Lewis Rain Garden (central London’s first street-side ‘rain garden’) and the RBC Rain Garden at The London Wetland Centre. Nigel has also designed Gold medal winning show gardens for The RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Tom Stuart-Smith is a landscape designer with an international reputation for making gardens that combine naturalism and modernity. His practice was established in 1998 and work since has ranged from large gardens and public parks, to smaller private gardens. Tom has also designed a number of gardens for the Chelsea Flower Show. Eight of these have been awarded gold medals, and three have won ‘Best in Show’. Most projects are located in the UK and Europe, with a few undertaken further afield.

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