New London Architecture

The Changing Face of London

Start: 09 September 2020 - 09:00
End: 10 March 2021 - 17:00

The Bldg Centre, 26 Store St, London WC1E 7BT, United Kingdom

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Explore the remarkable transformation of large areas in the capital over the last 15 years in a major new exhibition to mark NLA's 15-year anniversary.

Join us as we revisit the first ever exhibition held in the NLA galleries when we launched in 2005 with a major new exhibition and publication exploring the drastic changes that have transformed vast areas of London over the last 15 years.

The exhibition features ‘before and after’ aerial shots of the key areas of change in London by renowned aerial photographer Jason Hawkes, with the ‘after’ photographs captured in the past six months.

The Changing Face of London in 2005 looked at a number of opportunity areas and what was planned for them. Since that time London has experienced an astonishing level of change. Revisit the sites shown in the 2005 exhibition to see how their promise has been fulfilled. We will also look at more recent opportunity areas with proposals still to be delivered. The accompanying report — a unique document for tomorrow — will discuss the drivers for development, as well as the obstacles and the future challenges.

This is a historic moment in the life of Londoners and the way we shape our city together. After the pandemic, imagining, designing and planning London will never be the same. It is precisely these unprecedented times that makes it the more relevant to understand the achievements and the lessons we can learn from the past 15 years, as we look ahead to how our city may need to adapt over the next 15 years.

Please note: Face coverings are required upon entering the building and should be worn in all public areas.

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The Changing Face of London - City of London

The exhibition at The City Centre explores the changes that have shaped the City of London over this 15-year period. Running until 10 March.

Covid-19 safety precautions

Customer safety is our priority. The exhibition is open to all with Covid-19 health precautions in place including a separate entrance and exit, one-way direction flow, mandatory use of masks indoors and signs reinforcing 2m social distancing, enabling visitors to keep safely apart.


The accompanying digital publication will be downloadable here.


An events programme taking place throughout Autumn 2020 will include conversations with key figures who have played an important role in shaping London over the last 15 years, presentations of the areas of transformation and debates, including the next generation of leaders, about the future challenges.

View all events here.

Gentlemen Baristas

When you are coming to visit the exhibition, why not make a day of it having a drink or a bite at Gentlemen Baristas? This exceptional coffee house and roastery is also based at The Building Centre and the perfect place to meet with friends and colleagues before or after visiting the exhibition. 

Opening times: 

Monday | 8:30am–2:30pm
Tuesday | 8:30am–2:30pmSuggest an edit
Wednesday | 8:30am–2:30pm
Thursday | 8:30am–2:30pm
Friday | 8:30am–2:30pm
Saturday | Closed
Sunday | Closed

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