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.

  • 12 September 2017, 7pm Free

    The London salon: protest

    An informal evening with leading writers, thinkers and filmmakers on protest, dissent and subversive strategies in the city. Writer Lauren Elkin, author of Big Society Anna Minton, researcher Oli Mould, author of Autonomous City Alex Vasudevan, and filmmaker Sarah Turner will present talks, readings and film screenings. Hear alternative responses to gentrification, activism in suburbia and consider where power lies in the modern city.

    Entry includes a drink. In partnership with Time Out.

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  • 17 August 2017 Free

    Lunchtime sessions: Living Streets

    Walk around the museum with Living Streets to experience the difference between a pedestrian-friendly designed street and a badly designed street in the city. Living Streets is a London-based charity that campaigns to create a walking nation, free from congested roads and pollution, reducing the risk of preventable illness and social isolation and making walking the natural choice.

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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.

    Check social media for the latest question.

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

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  • 11- 12 November 2017 Free

    Celebrate your City

    Celebrate the City of London at this weekend of free family activities exploring new digital technologies.

    Get inspired by the digital technologies that shape how we live in the city at this weekend extravaganza of free family activities. Expect digital workshops and demonstrations, craft activities, performances, tours and interactive storytelling.

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  • 14 July 2017 Free

    Pulse by Tekja

    Pulse is a new digital installation by data visualisation experts Tekja that will collect, analyse and visualise live data about London. Data harvested from Twitter will be presented in real time during the City Now City Future season, showing the city's everyday happenings and moods.

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  • 26 August 2017 Free

    Hack it: grow your own food

    Get your hands dirty in this DIY veg growing workshop. Join Julie Riehl of Capital Growth, London's food growing network, and learn how to grow your own food in the smallest of city spaces, from patios and balconies to window sills.

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  • Free

    25 ways to fix the city

    Learn about the 25 London initiatives featured in The City is Ours. Each project is working to improve the city, from vertical urban farms to bat-friendly streetlights.

    Meet the initiatives