Culture Mile


Culture Mile is a major destination for culture and creativity in the north-west corner of London’s Square Mile.

Led by the City of London Corporation together with the Barbican, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London Symphony Orchestra and Museum of London, Culture Mile has creative exchange, cultural collaboration and learning at its core, in an area where 2,000 years of history collide with the world’s best in culture.

Culture Mile’s core partners are all internationally acclaimed organisations in their own right and some partnerships already operate across these institutions. However over the next decade the five partners will transform the area running from Farringdon through to Moorgate, improving their offer to audiences with imaginative collaborations, outdoor programming and events.

Recent Culture Mile projects include Morag Myerscough’s Joy and Peace, a large-scale installation on Silk Street and the Smithfield Rotunda Garden spaces and Jason Bruges Studio’s Brutalist Tapestry, a large-scale installation in Beech Street Tunnel. Culture Mile also celebrated the 150th anniversary of Smithfield Market with Smithfield 150 – two spectacular days of celebration including six festival zones, over 200 performers and 25,000 visitors – London’s biggest birthday party.

There are three major building projects associated with Culture Mile which enhance its potential scale and ambition. These include the new Museum of London at West Smithfield, the proposed Centre for Music which has announced a shortlist of world class architects competing to develop the concept design and the transformation of Beech Street, which is a crucial axis for Culture Mile.

Culture Mile has also developed an extensive network of 29 organisations in and around the area which will play a critical role in realising its ambitions. These Network Partners represent the continuing and changing face of the City of London and share a commitment to transforming the area.


A partnership of leading UK arts organizations working cooperatively to create a cultural destination in the City of London, reinvigorating the area and improving access to world-class arts, culture and entertainment.

Reason for joining GCDN

The ideals of GDCN - collaboration, knowledge sharing and exchange - chime perfectly with Culture Mile’s objectives. The opportunity to engage leaders and opinion formers in an open dialogue regarding culture and urban development was one of the key factors for Culture Mile to join GDCN.

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Tim Jones

Culture Mile Manager

Sian Bird

Sian Bird

Strategic Partnerships Manager


Created: 2017
Joined GCDN: 2014

District Size

About 1 mile


London, UK


Office space, Amenities, Restaurants, Festivals, Theatres, Art Galleries, Library, Bars, Cinemas, Music Venues, Public Spaces, Concert halls, Co-working spaces, Museums, Residences, Dance spaces, University, Opera

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