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Architecture of London

David Hepher Albany Flats


​Guildhall Art Gallery
(off Gresham Street)

Opening hours

​Mon - Sat 10am - 5pm
Sun - 12noon - 4pm

​©Tate, London 2019 © David Hepher

Adult £10, Concession £7 | 31 May - 1 December 2019
Buy tickets online, at the Gallery or the City Information Centre

400 years of London's architecture through the eyes of artists.

Guildhall Art Gallery’s major new exhibition brings together works from the 17th century to the present day to illustrate how London’s ever-changing cityscape has inspired visiting and resident artists over four centuries.
Architecture of London features 80 works by over 60 artists, drawing from the City of London Corporation’s extensive art collection to examine the rich diversity of London’s buildings and its varied portrayal by artists.

The exhibition also features important loans from other major British collections and a number of private collections, including masterpieces by renowned and emerging artists, such as Canaletto, Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach and Catherine Yass.

Talks and Events

Curator's Tours 
2 October, 6 November, 1pm
Join the Curator at 1pm for an in-depth tour. Free with an exhibition ticket.

Late View - Emerge Festival
27 September, 7 - 10pm
Start with an Anthologist cocktail on the top floor and vibe to the DJ. Or maybe you fancy dropping in to the Lego workshop and building your own edifice. Head down then to a pop-up talk in the Architecture of London show - where a bit of Roman wall stands casually next to some iconic brutalism, and a medieval church sits coolly across from the Gherkin. Down again and you'll find a giant map of Tudor London available for some mindful colouring. And finally, when you've danced among the paintings and tried your hand at various crafts, venture even further down to the 2,000-year-old Roman amphitheatre to chill out and soak in the ambience of Londinium. Book Emerge Festival

A Walk on the Roman Side, with Dr Jane Siddell
19 September, 5.30 - 7.30pm
This walk is around part of the Roman city walls and will include rare access to remains of Cripplegate Roman Fort. It will also take in medieval bastions in the Barbican, and will finish at London Wall Place, which incorporates St Alphage Roman Wall and the Tower of St Mary Elsyng Spital. Dr Jane Sidell, Inspector of Ancient Monuments for Historic England, will be leading the walk. Book A Walk on the Roman Side
**Meeting point: outside the main entrance to the Museum of London.**

From Ragstone to Riches, with Dr Simon Elliott
30 September, 2 - 3pm
From the mid-1st century AD to the mid-3rd century AD much of the building stone for Roman London was provided by ragstone quarries in the upper Medway Valley. One of these quarries was possibly the largest man-made hole in Europe. Dr Simon Elliott will explain how this industry came to be, how the quarries were operated, how the stone was transported, and what became of the industry. Book From Ragstone to Riches

A History of The Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers, with Dr David Allen
16 October, 2 - 3pm
Bricklaying was integral to the building and rebuilding of the City of London. One of the oldest livery companies in the City is the Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers. Dr David Allen will discuss the history of the Company including its most famous son, Ben Jonson, as well as three of its masters who designed and built cathedrals, and the Company’s present-day role supporting the craft. Book A History of the Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers

Family Saturdays
8 June, 13 July, 10 August, 14 September, 12 October, 9 November
Free activities for all the family. Children under 12 are able to bring one accompanying adult into the exhibition for free.

Guildhall Art Gallery is hosting the following exhibitions alongside Architecture of London:

From 31 May to 1 September, Illuminated River is exhibiting architectural drawings and visualisations of the project alongside paintings of the Thames chosen by American artist Leo Villareal from Guildhall Art Gallery’s collection.

From 2 July to 15 July, the City of London Corporation’s London Metropolitan Archives will display blueprints, drawings and photographs recording the development of some of London’s greatest buildings and structures in an outdoor exhibition, London’s Grand Designs – Building a Capital City, 1675 to 1986, in Guildhall Yard.

Fantastic Feats: the building of London

Architecture of London forms part of City of London Corporation’s outdoor public events programme, Fantastic Feats: the building of London (31 May – 1 December 2019). The programme celebrates London’s long-standing history of architectural and engineering firsts, and looks at how these innovations have contributed to improving the lives of Londoners over the centuries.