City now City future

18 May 2017 – April 2018

Why would you

live anywhere else?

What does it mean to live in a truly global city? More than half of the world's population now live in urban areas. Join us in a conversation about the past, present and future of our cities.

  • 13 June 2017, 7pm Free

    The London salon: memory

    In an evening of talks and readings writers, artists and architects discuss the lived experience of the capital and tell stories about foreignness, underpasses and failed utopias at a salon curated by curator and writer, Jes Fernie. Speakers include: writer Ruby Cowling, journalist and author Ben Judah, artist Laura Oldfield Ford, filmmaker Shola Amoo and muf architecture/art founder Liza Fior.

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  • 18 June 2017 Free

    Companion: Rosanna Mclaughlin

    A tour inspired by the 1970s counter-culture guide ‘Alternative London’ by Nicholas Saunders

    Writer and Curator Rosanna McLaughlin will lead a tour exploring South East London, looking at how tropes of alternative, marginalised and anti-establishment culture are deploying in a rapidly gentrifying neighbourhood.

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  • 14 July 2017 - 2 January 2018 Free

    The City is Ours

    This exhibition, at the core of the City Now City Future season, invites visitors to explore the pleasures and challenges of urban living through a range of digital and physical interactives and films. The exhibition highlights ways in which individuals and organisations are improving life for city dwellers.

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  • Free


    We want to know what people think and feel about London. Over the next year, we will be gathering and sharing your London views to build up a unique picture of our city and what it might look like in the future.

    Get involved by sharing your #LondonView on social media or our website.

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  • 22 - 23 July 2017 Free

    Archikids festival

    Be inspired by the awesome architecture and great places in our city at this weekend extravaganza of free family activities. Expect special tours, performances, art activities and more as you look closer at the buildings that surround us. We're one major hub of the wider Archikids family festival, taking place across the City of London.

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  • 18 May 2017 Free

    My Point Forward by Blast Theory

    Featuring a series of short films, this interactive installation by pioneering artists group Blast Theory invites you to add your narrative of the city to build a personal and meditative portrait of the future.

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  • 24 June 2017 Free

    Hack it: rebel gardening

    Kim Stoddart, national gardening journalist, social entrepreneur and politely rebellious can-do gardener, demonstrates how to make seedbombs and multiply your plants for free by taking your own cuttings in this DIY workshop.

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  • Free

    What is City Now City Future?

    Discover the ideas behind City Now City Future. Join the conversation about London’s past, present and future with experts and our curators.

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