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 for a year-long season of events and free exhibitions.

  • 7 October 2017 - 3 January 2018 Free

    Bonus Levels

    Bonus Levels by visual artist Lawrence Lek dramatically re-imagines London through a series of playable virtual worlds.

    Explore London’s most recognisable landmarks against the backdrop of a dramatic, virtual landscape brought to life by Lek’s unique mix of art, architecture and sound.

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  • 14 November 2017, 7pm

    The London salon: cultural infrastructure

    Can culture be designed into the city? Through an evening of talks and performances in collaboration with Theatrum Mundi we debate whether culture can be considered as an infrastructure for a city no less essential than water and sewer pipes, roads, underground or electric wiring. Entry includes a drink.

    In partnership with Time Out.

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  • 14 July 2017 - 2 January 2018 Free

    The City is Ours

    Explore the pleasures and challenges of urban living through digital and physical interactive displays and films. Come see how citizens around the world are tackling their problems and what your ideal city would look like.

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  • Free


    See how our portrait of London is building.

    We want to see London through your eyes. For a year, we'll be gathering and sharing your pictures to see how Londoners live and what they hope for in the future.

    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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  • 26 October 2017, 1pm Free

    Lunchtime sessions: London Cycling Campaign

    Take a walk to Bank junction, which has recently been closed, and experience a traffic-less city. Find out about the City of London's initiative to implement traffic restrictions and major safety improvements for pedestrians and cyclists in London.

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  • 2 November 2017 Free

    Hack it: pickling and preserving

    We are bringing the ancient art of pickling and preserving right up to date in this workshop with Kylee Newton, master preserver at Newton & Pott, and author of The Modern Preserver. Learn all the skills you need to make seasonal produce last throughout the year, and take home your own handmade sauerkraut and gin pickle. You don't need any experience, and all materials, ingredients and equipment are included.

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  • Free

    London's future... public space

    Who will own the city of the future? Discover what the growth of privatised public spaces means for London's parks, gardens and squares.

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