Centrepiece of a new innovative hub for culture, business and learning supported by technology. A unique destination to celebrate London and the best in British innovation.

The application to build The Tulip is subject to a Public Inquiry in November 2020.

Bird’s eye illustration of The Tulip and The Gherkin


The Tulip is in the spirit of London as a progressive forward-thinking city. The latest in a long tradition of London landmarks. And a statement of confidence in the future.

A high-tech wonder next to the popular Gherkin. A new urban square. A new perspective for Londoners.

Illustration of The Tulip's atrium and skybridge


The Tulip is designed to draw visitors from London, the UK and around the world into the City’s Eastern Cluster and onto the Culture Mile. A multi-dimensional experience at 300 metres high, combining stunning design with breath-taking views.

Something for everyone, every time they visit. Viewing galleries with a Skybridge and rides — inside and out. Engaging exhibits and interactive learning about London and British design technology. And places for food and drink with an unbeatable panorama.


The Tulip offers a unique opportunity to enrich the lives of London’s schoolchildren — delivering tech-driven, immersive classrooms in the sky — broadening the skills and mindsets to shape Britain’s future.

Illustration of the public realm

With at least 40,000 free places per year for state school pupils age 7-14, The Tulip Aspire London Space will be an important memory for young Londoners — an inspiration for generations to share.


With global attraction, seven-day programming and a vibrant public realm, The Tulip will bring new life and enhanced revenue potential to the City’s Eastern Cluster. And all our neighbours will have a centre for lifelong creative learning.

For the City’s aspirational workforce, The Tulip and its public realm will make the Eastern Cluster an even greater place to work and enjoy — helping bridge the gap between the traditional City, entrepreneurs and the thriving tech scene.

Illustration of The Tulip and City of London


The Tulip will deliver economic benefits worth £1.6 billion to the City, Greater London, and the UK.

The project represents a substantial direct investment and a long-term vote of confidence in London as a leading world city.

The Tulip will attract an estimated 1.2 million visitors per year, half from outside the UK, helping maintain London as the world's third most visited city.

Over 1,000 new jobs and opportunities will be created directly and as part of a wider ripple across London and the country.


The proposal to build The Tulip is the subject of a Planning Appeal Inquiry to be heard in November 2020 in London.

Upon conclusion of the Public Inquiry, the appointed Inspector will submit his report and recommendation to Central Government.

A final decision will be taken by the Secretary of State of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

You may find further information about the Public Inquiry and how to participate by accessing the website of the Planning Inspectorate for England and Wales (PINS).

To find the evidence submitted to the Public Inquiry please access the website of the City of London Corporation.


Press ReleasesDate
Appeal launched to secure planning permission for The TulipJanuary 30, 2020 Download
Statement in response to The Mayor of London's letter on 15 July 2019 announcing his decision regarding planning permissionJuly 15, 2019 Download
Independent poll confirms Londoners continue to back The TulipJune 26, 2019 Download
The Tulip Project welcomes the City of London Planning and Transportation Committee resolution to grant planning permissionApril 2, 2019 Download
City of London planning officers' report recommends Planning and Transportation Committee resolve to grant planning permissionMarch 25, 2019 Download
The Tulip estimated to offer economic benefits to London of nearly £1 billion and 600 full time jobsFebruary 6, 2019 Download
Independent poll confirms two thirds of Londoners support The TulipJanuary 4, 2019 Download
Planning application for The Tulip filed with the City of LondonNovember 19, 2018 Download