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Pipers Central London Model ~ a 12 metre long scale model of London

Pipers London model

Don’t want to pay a fortune to see London from the Shard?  Already seen London from the “London Eye”?  Well another entirely different approach is to visit “Pipers Central London model” – and its free.  Located within the New London Architecture (NLA) Building, this 12 metre (39 foot) long model is built to a scale of 1:1500.  It is staggeringly large and gives the visitor a truly unique perspective of the city as a whole.  It is also a great place to bring visitors to show them the layout of London, the various neighbourhoods and the key architectural highlights.

NLA Pipers Central London ModelThe Galleries:  The galleries are free and open Mon-Sat to the general public. The displays and exhibitions focus on sharing the story of London’s development – both past and present.  These include not only the giant scale model of central London but also displays on new development activity in all of London’s boroughs.  Certainly one of the main attractions is Pipers Central London Model which includes most of central London – from King’s Cross in the north, to the Royal Docks in the east, to Battersea in the south and to PaddingtonThe London Eye in the west.  Not only does the model show all current buildings but it also includes proposed buildings coming to London’s skyline.  Significant new buildings and the planned buildings are highlighted in white on the model.  Rail lines are clearly visible as is the path of the Crossrail development.  Visitors can get up close and walk around the model.  The detail is amazing as it is built by Pipers, perhaps the best builder of architectural models in the world.

Other Activities at NLA:  In addition to viewing the model and galleries, NLA offers a variety of architecturally focused activities.  These include periodic walking tours of London, architecture talks, educational sessions & seminars, film screenings and art / architecture displays and exhibitions.  A full range of their activities can be found on their website at:

The NLA Building CentreOpening Hours:  NLA and the Building Centre: Mon-Fri 9:30am – 6pm, Sat 10-5.  There is also a bookshop on site (opens at 11 on Sat) which focuses on buildings, architecture and planning.

Located at: The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, WC1E 7BT

Closest tube:  Goodge Street or Tottenham Court Rd

7 comments on “Pipers Central London Model ~ a 12 metre long scale model of London

  1. IsobelTouristGuide
    January 29, 2013

    Funnily enough, we were talking about this on Sunday when we were up the Shard. It’s a lot of fun.

      January 30, 2013

      I’d love to know your opinion on the Shard – for paying people do you think its worth it?

      • IsobelTouristGuide
        February 3, 2013

        I do. My caveats would be that you want clear skies, at night or during the day, to get the most from it, as you do from the Eye, and that it can get very crowded, so best to go first thing, or to find out when the less popular time slots are. But we had those big happy smiles just like during London 2012 when we were there last Sunday.
        Also, and this again applies to the Eye, it will be best enjoyed by those who know London and who can enjoy picking out familiar landmarks.

  2. blue starr
    February 14, 2013

    Popped along here after finding this website, is close to the British Museum so very handy when meeting up with my husband after his morning there.
    We enjoyed the panorama we had walked miles the day before and loved checking out our route and being amazed at just how much of London we had covered!

  3. 2Spools
    May 6, 2013

    This is great. I never got here, but it’s on my list for when I get back.

  4. londonslant
    August 15, 2013

    Looks amazing. I didn’t know about this and will definitely go. Thanks for liking my Nuffield Place post.

      August 15, 2013

      That’s the beauty of London – there is always something out there we don’t know about… all the best, Ian

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