City Corporation stands down its Culture Mile team and offers public realm designs to business

Update1 : I’ve located a recording of the City residents meeting on January 11 where policy chair Chris Hayward promised more consultation in future with residents on changes in Culture Mile. I’ve added more on that below and here. Update2: following committee discussion on January 23 it is clearer that the offer to the Business read more »

Save the Museum building gets more support – now ideas needed on how to retrofit and refill

Some 400 people packed St Giles Cripplegate earlier this week for the latest campaign meeting against proposed office development on the site of the now-closed Museum of London. Back story on the plans and campaign here. The Barbican Quarter Action campaign highlighted the decision of the Twentieth Century Society to put Bastion House and the read more »

Plans for a substantial new square near St Paul’s Cathedral

Update December 2022: the City Corporation has now formally published proposals for the St Paul’s gyratory, described in the article below, and invited comments, saying: ”The gyratory, which was introduced in the 1970’s is dominated by motor traffic and we are exploring options to improve the area for other street users. The project area stretches read more »

Radical Walks will bring a Marxist perspective to EC1 developments

EC1 has a rich history; some hidden, some obscure and a great deal that is still up for debate. The present feels uncertain, the future one of many possibilities, but with hope and fear in equal measure. Can the future of EC1 be a continuum with its past? Can there be a radical development of read more »

Another competitor for Destination City – Marylebone Farmers’ Market

I wrote recently that the Elizabeth Line makes Canary Wharf a strong competitor for City entertainment and the Destination City initiative. Here’s a look along the line westwards, and rather different attractions. When I fancy a walk in Regent’s Park I usually take the Tube from Barbican to Great Portland Street, then return via Baker read more »

Can Destination City also help create a Liveable City?

I originally drafted this piece for a column in the EC1 Echo, but space is tight this time and we’ll revisit in print in the New Year. Meanwhile there’s discussion on Twitter about the cost and focus of the Destination City programme, and future use of the Museum of London site. The Culture Mile Business read more »

What can you do with an empty museum? Get creative

Update: the Barbican Quarter Action campaign is hosting a meeting for residents and neighbours at 7pm on Tuesday 17th January 2023 in St Giles Church, Cripplegate. The Barbican Association reports: “This meeting will focus on the arguments against demolition of the existing buildings and for their re-adaptation and repurposing. Joining the BQA Group will be read more »

Culture Mile changes as Destination City sets out plans

For the past five years Culture Mile has been a programme of activities and projects in the north west of the City, a way of branding the area, and a team coordinating development. Some of that is changing, but quite how much won’t be clear for a few months. City Corporation committees have now approved read more »

Developing a Museum of the Streets as the Museum of London closes

In December 2022 the Museum of London closes after 45 years on the edge of the Barbican estate, and prepares for a move to former market buildings in West Smithfield. Here’s news of a family festival at the Museum November 27&27 and a music festival December 3&4 The new museum promises to be amazing – read more »

The Elizabeth Line works both ways for the City

The other day I received in the post a lavish publication from the Canary Wharf Group with 30 pages of promised treats from new restaurants, bars, shops and leisure experiences to penthouse flats for sale or rent. It promoted a covered ice rink and display of Winter Lights, with everything also accessible on a smartphone read more »