Lunchtime Model Talks

Every Friday

12.30 - 13.00


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.


*On some Fridays the model room is used for learning activity or private events so lunchtime model talks cannot take place. If you are travelling to The City Centre please call ahead of your visit to avoid disappointment.


Journeys through the City: drawing urban space

20 February - 27 March 2019

Six week evening course

Suitable for all levels of experience.

18:00 - 20:00 (every Wed)

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This six-week course, led by artist Alexandra Blum, will focus on drawing movement through time and space within the City. You’ll begin by dipping into visual examples, including the shifting viewpoints and architectural constructions within Early Netherlandish painting, and their influence on Alex’s own urban drawing practice.  Then, using these discoveries as a starting point, you’ll draw from the fascinating city model, focussing on the network of spatial relationships it makes visible from both aerial and street level viewpoints. Next, you’ll venture outside putting ideas learnt so far into practice whilst drawing within the labyrinthine spaces of the Eastern Cluster and neighbouring City spaces. 

The City of London boasts an incredibly diverse range of architecture, from state-of-the-art skyscrapers to Roman ruins and a total of 600 listed buildings and structures. Within this rapidly evolving urban environment, you’ll investigate the City by making drawings using: compressed space, peripheral vision, actual and implied movement and layering of space and time within an image.  We are also very excited that one session will involve drawing from height and participants will gain exclusive access to a tall building in the City of London.

Alexandra Blum’s practice focuses on the ways we perceive and encounter space in urban environments. She is especially interested in urban spaces in flux. She spent three years charting the transformation of Dalston with drawings made from the streets, within the vast Dalston Square construction site and from within one of the completed flats, a home on the 17th floor. Drawings from this project were exhibited at the Geffrye Museum, London Transport Museum and Hackney Museum and awarded the David Gluck Memorial Bursary for Drawing.

In May 2017 she embarked on a new drawing project exploring the dynamic industrial spaces on the riverside by the Thames Barrier. Drawings from this series were awarded a prize in the Discerning Eye Drawing Bursary 2017 and reached the finals of the Jackson's Open Painting Prize 2018. Alex is also an artist educator at the Courtauld Institute of Art and teaches urban drawing workshops throughout London. Further information about her work can be found on her website.

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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