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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

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

Guildhall Art Gallery’s forthcoming 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 will feature 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

As part of the six-month exhibition, John Schofield, cathedral archaeologist at St Paul’s Cathedral; Dr Jane Sidell, inspector of Ancient Monuments for Historic England; and Dr David Allen and Dr Simon Elliott, historian and archaeologist respectively, will lead a series of talks on the use of stone, the tradition of bricklaying within London’s architecture, and historical insights from the Great Fire of London.

The Gallery’s Late View will offer a night of music, architecture, art, drawing, and Curator tours of the collection on 27 September from 7pm - 10pm.


Guildhall Art Gallery will host the following exhibitions alongside Architecture of London:

From 31 May to 1 December, Illuminated River, one of Fantastic Feats’ programme partners, will exhibit architectural drawings and visualisations of the project alongside paintings of the Thames chosen by American artist Leo Villareal from Guildhall Art Gallery’s collection, as part of Architecture of London.

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 will celebrate 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.