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by Joanna Sopylo-Firrisa (subscribe)
Writer by passion, administrator by profession. I check what life brings and turn it into writing.
Published July 29th 2012
London's Centre for Built Environment is a must for those who are interested in urban development. It's also highly recommended for those who live in the city and just want to know how their neighbourhood is going to look. Everyone will enjoy.

London's Centre for Built Environment is located at St. Crescent at the beginning of small Store Street. It's just round the corner from Tottenham Court Road and in the neighborhood of British Museum. But probably not many people visiting one of the greatest museums in the world know that. I also got there by accident as I was seeing the BM's neighborhood while waiting for a friend.

Different exhibitions are presented in the centre. The main part with London's mock-up is devoted to development of different boroughs in terms of green areas, transport etc. You can check how your borough has already transformed and what changes are still ahead. There's also information about the development of London agglomeration transports. The special part, with multimedia presentation, shows the project of Surrey Canal: London's Sporting Village located in south Bermondsey. It is supposed to be a place of living, indoor sport activities and a meeting place for different religions as it will contain a stadium, apartments, church, mosque and multi-faith venues.

Moreover, visitors can observe pictures of the greatest London's building built in past decades and visit the bookstore. It sells a lot of architectural themed books but also about London. My attention was drawn by the book giving explanation to all tube stations names in London. The other interesting position is about toilets all over the world.

Centre is run by NLA – New London Architecture. NLA organizes conferences, talks, round-table discussions and exhibitions related to architectural future of London all year round. They also invite visitors to come for architectural walks around Victoria, King's Cross, Fitzrovia and City of London, available till Sep 5 (cost is £12 and NLA requires pre booking).

After visiting the exhibition and the bookstore you can chill out at the café located in the centre. You can also visit Store Street Espresso or Cafe Deco – both located further down the street.
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