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The London Centre's three wonderful architectural models

See the City of London, the Royal Docks and Central London under one roof, for free!

The City of London Model at the London Centre, Guildhall
The City of London Model
 

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The London Centre is the new home for NLA, which styles itself "an independent, purpose-led organisation for everyone with an interest in London's built environment".


Its website continues: "From public realm to workspaces to London’s homes and more, NLA’s broad range of projects, research and events connects London’s network of professionals and enthusiasts, uniting the industry to shape a better city."


A large space has been found for NLA in the West Wing of Guildhall, located on Aldermanbury Street in the City of London. This is now a public gallery, where the three amazing architectural models can be seen together for the first time.


There will be weekly free model talks on Friday lunchtimes delving into the history, present and future of London’s architecture and built environment.


It also has a permanent display - called Change, Opportunity, Vision - looking at London's transformation over the past 20 years. In addition, it will also host events, talks and exhibitions.


The three architectural models are:

  • the New London Model displaying a ~200 sq km portion of Central London,

  • the City of London Model, and

  • the Royal Docks Model.

I popped in recently to look at the three models and took some photographs, some of which are displayed below.


I also made a video around the City of London model, which is like taking a helicopter ride (see below). It includes views of landmarks such as Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, the Thames, Tate Modern, St Paul's Cathedral, Fleet Street, Smithfield Market, The Barbican, Liverpool Street Station, the eastern cluster of tall skyscrapers and lots more.


For anyone with an interest in London, architecture, or models, the London Centre is a must!


The City of London 'helicopter ride' video

The Royal Docks model

The Royal Docks Model at the London Centre, Guildhall
The Royal Docks Model, looking east
The Royal Docks Model at the London Centre, Guildhall
The Royal Docks Model, looking west

The New London Model (Central London)

The New London Model (Central London) at the London Centre, Guildhall, showing Canary Wharf and Millennium Dome
The New London Model (Central London) showing Canary Wharf and Millennium Dome
The New London Model (Central London) at the London Centre, Guildhall
The New London Model (Central London) showing the Thames Barrier in the foreground

Wembley Stadium, the Olympic Park and Battersea Power Station


The City of London Model

The City of London Model at the London Centre, Guildhall. Tower Bridge in the foreground
The Thames from Tower Bridge to Blackfriars Bridge
The City of London Model at the London Centre, Guildhall. Dome of St Paul's Cathedral in front of the Eastern Cluster
Dome of St Paul's Cathedral in front of the Eastern Cluster
 

Walks available for booking

For a schedule of forthcoming London On The Ground guided walks, please click here.

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