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City Information Centre


Make Architects, 2007

St Paul's Churchyard, EC4M 8BX

London's main tourist information centre is clad in a specially manufactured system of 220 pre-finished stainless steel panels. The subtly reflective surface provides a striking counterpoint to St Paul's.

Getting there


Mansion House, St. Paul's, Blackfriars


Blackfriars, City Thameslink


11, 15, 26, 17, 76

Additional travel info

Opposite the south entrance to St Paul's Cathedral.



The Design

Situated opposite the South Transept of St Paul’s Cathedral, the City of London Information Centre introduces a dynamic contemporary structure to an area of exceptional architectural and urban heritage.

In form, the building combines simplicity and efficiency of structure with a distinctive visual impact. The triangular plan evolved from analysis of principal pedestrian flows across the site, while the orientation and profile establish an intriguing dialogue with St Paul’s Cathedral as the building looks up to its prestigious neighbour and opens out to welcome people approaching it. A folded metallic envelope evokes the lightness and aerodynamic profile of a paper aeroplane, seamlessly wrapping 140m2 of internal accommodation and formed by a steel frame braced with structural ply and clad in 220 pre-finished stainless steel panels.

The building meets exacting environmental standards and has been engineered to exceed current Part L targets for Co2 emissions by 20 per cent. The structure’s envelope is highly insulated, the interior environment is regulated using borehole cooling and the sloping roof facilitates the collection of rainwater which is used to flush toilets and irrigate planting nearby.

Make appointed as architects Sept 06
Planning approval Dec 05
Start on site Dec 06
Completed Oct 07
Occupied Nov 07
Gross floor area 135m2
Height 5m
Pre-finished stainless steel panels used 220
Cost £1.3M

Winner of 2009 RIBA Award for Architectural Excellence.

City Information Centre purpose

The City Information Centre is the place for visitors to get advice on everything there is to see and do in London and beyond. Friendly, multilingual visitor advisors can help you find out about which attractions are open, how you can book, popular walks and itineraries, free activities for the family and much more.

Whether you need directions, information about the latest events or suggestions for days out, including city walks, come and speak to the team. They can provide inspiring ideas on how to get the best out of your trip in London and further afield.​​​

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