West End

LFA 2024 Destinations:

West End

The Heart of London area, nestled at the core of the West End is a testament to the architectural brilliance and cultural diversity that makes London one of the greatest cities in the world. The destination spans the world-famous entertainment epicentre Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus, the quintessentially British Piccadilly and St James’s – home to world leading hotels and restaurants, and St Martin’s, one of London’s oldest parishes and home of renowned theatres.   With iconic institutions including the National Portrait Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts and the Coliseum through to the Lucent W1 (Piccadilly Lights), The Londoner Hotel and Leicester Square Theatre, the architecture within the area encapsulates a blend of historic landmarks and modern buildings that blend together seamlessly. Many landmark buildings in the Heart of London are being transformed to ensure they’re fit for purpose in the 21st century, while also preserving the historic architecture which makes them so special.   The theme for this year’s LFA, ‘Reimagine’ encapsulates Heart of London’s mission to foster innovation while preserving heritage. It gives the West End an opportunity to become a canvas for redefining what it means to live, work, and be inspired in a world-class destination as we work to reimagine the area for future generations.

01 June 2024

Visit Notre Dame de France

Notre Dame de France   |  
Walks and Tours

Notre Dame de France, an architectural gem in the heart of Soho. The church, built on a former pano…

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01 June – 29 June 2024

Celebrating 150 years of Impressionism inside of a British Modernist building

Stern Pissarro Gallery   |  
Exhibitions

In St James's, Mayfair, come and visit the Target House, designed by the British architect Rodney G…

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01 June – 30 June 2024

National Portrait Gallery architecture tours

National Portrait Gallery   |  
Walks and Tours

Discover the architecture of the National portrait Gallery, originally designed in 1896 by Ewan Chr…

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05 June 2024

Learning from the late Renée Gailhoustet: The City is a Room

Royal Academy of Arts   |  
Talks and Debates

Following a six-week residency in Paris, Nichola Barrington-Leach will present her in-depth researc…

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06 June – 28 June 2024

Pi Park

University of Westminster   |  
Installations

In St James’s Market, Pi Park takes visitors on an inspirational journey through biomimetic archi…

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08 June 2024

Reimagining Seven Dials

Anthony Davis of Booksteps Walks   |  
Walks and Tours

Come on a walk to share the imaginations and reimaginations of writers, artists and architects in S…

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08 June 2024

Harold Pinter Theatre Tour

Harold Pinter Theatre   |  
Walks and Tours

Step behind the curtains and immerse yourself in the rich history of The Harold Pinter Theatre. Joi…

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08 June 2024

Back to the Future of the West End (part II)

SAVE Britain's Heritage   |  
Walks and Tours

Join SAVE and Robert Ayton, former Head of Design and Conservation (Central Area) at Westminster Ci…

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12 June 2024

How do you modernise history? How Cameron Mackintosh reimagined 8 of London’s leading West End theatres

Delfont Mackintosh Theatres   |  
Talks and Debates

Join in-house architect Julian Middleton and Property Director Lee Winters as they discuss how thea…

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14 June – 28 June 2024

Play Place

DELVE   |  
Installations

Discover Play Place: an installation for families and children that inspires collaborative, creativ…

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18 June 2024

The Geological Society: Open House

The Geological Society   |  
Walks and Tours

Geologists reimagine the world we live in continuously by analysing the history of our earth and to…

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18 June 2024

Reimagining Seven Dials

Anthony Davis of Booksteps Walks   |  
Walks and Tours

Come on a walk to share the imaginations and reimaginations of writers, artists and architects in S…

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19 June 2024

Tessa Boase in conversation at Waterstones Piccadilly

Waterstones   |  
Talks and Debates

Waterstones Piccadilly, formerly Simpson’s department store, is just one of the buildings feature…

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20 June 2024

Reimagining the West End

Barr Gazetas   |  
Workshops

Join us this 20th June at our offices for a fun evening workshop reimagining the West End! We wi…

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21 June 2024

RA 2024 Summer Exhibition Architecture Afternoon

Royal Academy of Arts   |  
Talks and Debates

The theme of this year’s Architecture Room, chosen by Assemble, will explore spaces for making. O…

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22 June 2024

Tour Waterstones Piccadilly Grade II* Building with C20

Waterstones   |  
Walks and Tours

Join us as we explore the details of what once was Simpsons department store and now exists as Wate…

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26 June 2024

Look Up: West End

Heart of London Business Alliance   |  
Walks and Tours

Look Up at London’s hidden gems of the West End Organised by award-winning history blog Look …

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27 June 2024

Lucent Twilight Tours

Fletcher Priest Architects   |  
Walks and Tours

Lucent Twilight Tours As London's West End lights start to sparkle, join us for a twilight tour of…

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27 June 2024

Look Up: West End

Heart of London Business Alliance   |  
Walks and Tours

Look Up at London’s hidden gems of the West End Organised by award-winning history blog Look …

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28 June 2024

Open evening: Linnean Society of London

The Linnean Society of London   |  
Walks and Tours

The Linnean Society is celebrating its 150th year in its purpose-built premises at Burlington House…

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Supported by Heart of London Business Alliance.

“We are thrilled to partner with the London Festival of Architecture as a Key Destination for 2024. The West End, under Heart of London’s stewardship, has consistently aimed at being an immersive experience where architecture tells the story of our rich history and dynamic future. The West End is a living canvas where historic landmarks seamlessly coexist with contemporary institutions. The 2024 theme, ‘Reimagine’ allows us to explore new possibilities, envision the West End’s potential and contribute to the ongoing architectural excellence in one of the greatest cities in the world.”

Mark Williams, Director of Destination at Heart of London Business Alliance


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