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.


Please note: There will be no lunchtime model talk on Friday 15 June as the City Model is away at LREF.

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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
Doors: 19:00
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.

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Workshops for Young People Aged 16-18yrs

Generation Pop-Up: design and build an art structure for Broadgate

23 and 24 June; 15 and 16 September

Want to leave your mark on central London? For one week in September, you could be the creative vision behind a one-off installation at Broadgate - London’s biggest pedestrianised neighbourhood. Plus, your work will be seen by thousands of people in one of the most vibrant spots in the city.

 From an intensive design competition weekend in June with Scale Rule, a collective of architects and engineers, to presenting your idea to a team of industry judges, this is a unique and career-building opportunity to turn your ideas into practical experience and knowledge in the fields of architecture and engineering.

Click here to download the expression of interest form. Please return it to Lettie Mckie (Head of Learning) before 12pm on Friday 18 June to be in with a chance of participating, 



Big Bang to Brexit Panel Discussion Chaired by Peter Murray

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.


  • Annie Hampson Planning Services and Development Director, City of London Corporation
  • Michael Cassidy Chairman, Cultural Hub Advisory Group
  • Despina Katsikakis Head of Occupier Business Performance, Cushman & Wakefield
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100 Years on: Women and Architecture in the City

Thursday 19 July
18:00 - 19:30
Tickets: £10
On sale 19 June

As part of the City of London’s Women: Work and Power Campaign The City Centre will be hosting evening of presentations, discussion and networking to mark 100 years of women’s suffrage. Our panel of speakers will celebrate how women have helped shape the City of London’s built environment over the last century. We’ll also look to the future. With only one in ten of top-level roles in the hundred biggest international firms filled by a woman we still have a have a way to go to achieve equality in architectural practice. Join us for a debate on the issues women in this sector can expect to face in the future and how we can work to overcome them.

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Architecture Explorers:The Story of the Great Fire

Monday 23 July
11:30 - 15:30

Tickets: Free
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Families can join us at The Monument and The City Centre this July to discover the architecture behind London’s most famous fire! Beginning at The Monument we will climb to the top and discover the story of where the Great Fire began. From here we will chart the fires progress on an interactive walk throughout the City. We’ll end at The City Centre where you will see an amazing 3D model of the City of London and re-imagine The Monument with your own designs. Along the way we’ll hear about the people, places and stories behind the rebuilding of London.

Please note that this event involves a climb of 311 steps to the top of The Monument and a 1/2 mile walk to the City Centre. Lunch is not provided so please bring a pack lunch.

This activity is open to children of all ages but particularly appropriate for those aged 6 to 10. All children (those aged 16 and under) must be accompanied by an adult.

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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