Growth of London

Permanent exhibition

Learn about London's dynamic development over its 2,000 year history and its continued evolution.

Explore London from new perspectives with the 12.5 metre-long, 1:2000 scale New London Model of central London, and VU.CITY's fully interactive digital model of the capital, covering 800 square kilometres of the city and enabling accurate visualisations of how the city will look in the near future. Find out about what's happening in your borough and key areas of change across London, and get a snapshot of London's key architecture and development issues through videos and publications. 

Free Model Talks
Free lunchtime talks give visitors the opportunity to learn firsthand about London’s newest architecture and development. Click here for more information.
Free VU.CITY talks
Free lunchtime talks give professionals the opportunity to learn firsthand about the interactive 3D digital model of London and the role it can play in planning procedure. 
Schools Model Talks
Schools interested in visiting NLA, please see our Schools and Young People webpage.
Download our new London Boroughs 2018 document which provides a snapshot of current strategies, providing an insight into local development across London. 

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NLA, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, WC1E 7BT

Please note, from Monday 4 September until late next year, there will be exit only and no entry to Goodge Street Tube station between 07:30 and 10:00 on weekdays. Please use nearby Tottenham Court Road or Warren Street Tube stations for the Northern line.

Free Entry

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NLA and the Building Centre

Monday to Friday: 9.30 am - 6.00 pm
Saturday: 10.00 am - 5.00 pm

We are closed on Sundays, Bank Holidays, Easter Saturday and for the Christmas period from 24th December to the first working weekday of January.

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Borough Strategies 2017


The Local Development Framework (LDF) Core Strategy sets out Councils’ planning policy and conforms to wider regional and national policy guidance. It is the blueprint that boroughs use to set out their plans to improve their areas as places to live, play, learn and work. They must provide the right balance of development, infrastructure and services.