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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  • 12 December 2017, 7pm

    The London salon: aftershocks

    It's 2049 and London has become a city of perpetual commotion, dedicated to those who like living life in the fast lane. Meanwhile, in a parallel universe, some Londoners have chosen to defend themselves against future shock and put the brakes on. In an evening of live performance, multimedia, debate and play, Livingmaps presents two very different visions of life in London in 2049.

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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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  • 25 January 2018

    Futureshocks: human

    A panel of leading thinkers, writers and practitioners chaired by the Guardian explore identity and the body in our changing cities. Human is the first in a series of talks curated by writer and urbanist Adam Greenfield and Museum of London curator Lauren Parker charting the role of technologies – from historical innovations to future speculations – in transforming and disrupting the city and the lived experience of our urban environments. In partnership with the Guardian. Sponsored by DLA Piper.

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  • 7 December 2017, 1pm Free

    Lunchtime sessions: Safer London

    Safer London is the leading London charity working to prevent and address gang violence, vulnerability and sexual exploitation. Join them for a talk about the issues facing young people in our cities and their dedicated work aiming to create a secure and safe place for all young people.

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  • 10 - 18 February 2018 Free

    February half term

    Join us for a jam-packed programme of creative workshops, interactive storytelling sessions and hands-on activities exploring how we can make our city a better place for humans, animals and nature.

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  • Free

    London's future... nightlife

    With London's pubs, clubs and music venues closing, how will the city's world beating nightlife survive?

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