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City Benches

29 August - 29 November
Organized by: London Festival of Architecture

Five new public benches – specially designed by young architects and designers to celebrate the London Festival of Architecture (LFA) – have been unveiled across the Cheapside district of the City of London. The new City Benches are the result of a competition organised by the LFA in partnership with Cheapside Business Alliance and the City of London Corporation, and are intended both to showcase new talent and offer a place to rest and reflect on the city around them.


This year’s City Benches cohort includes work from international studios including Denmark, Belgium, Italy and the UK. Each studio brought a different perspective to the project encouraging people in Cheapside to engage in intergenerational discussion, take in the city’s heights, lean on some chimneys, perch on a pineapple, and find the right meeting place.