Update for Farringdon Within Ward meeting

Here’s a round-up of stories that may be of interest to the Ward meeting on June 8.

New Footways maps celebrating Clerkenwell’s heritage and radical history

Clerkenwell Design Week provided an oppoortunity to promote Footways maps about Radical Clerkenwell and Historic Clerkenwell, by embedding QQ codes in pavement markers.

Destination City: just what is it?

A report to Culture, Heritage and Libraries Committee tells us about the website and brand – but little about the substance of Destination City.

New City square near St Paul’s set for approval

The City Corporation is set to approve plans for the spectacular new square that I reported last year. The scheme will transform the southern end of King Edward Street, in front of the new Panorama St Paul’s development on the site of the former BT headquarters. The developer is expected to make a contribution. The read more »

The new City Neighbourhood Forum is a good idea. If …

Proposals for the City’s first neighbourhood forum are a good idea – but residents outside Barbican and Golden Lane Estates need to have influence too.

Barbican and Golden Lane Estates propose City’s first neighbourhood forum

Residents on the two major estates in the north west of the City have made the bold move of proposing a forum with powers to develop its own plan for the neighbourhood.

How Bartholomew Fair might benefit City residents and visitors all year

Update: the Policy and Resource Committee approved plans for the Bartholomew Fair spectacular, with some discussion of wayfinding, maps and media. See note at end. The promise of an aerial dance display on the facade of St Paul’s Cathedral in September as part of a revived Bartholomew Fair has understandably captured the headlines in the read more »

Corporation plans a spectacular City-wide Bartholomew Fair throughout September

Update: the Evening Standard has picked up on the plans saying “The city is increasingly trying to throw off its “nine to five” image and become a leisure destination for Londoners and others” When Matthew Bell and I floated the idea of re-staging Bartholomew Fair (1123-1855) in the EC1 Echo last year little did we read more »

City explores repurposing Museum of London site

I’m not sure what to make of the latest move by the City of London on the former Museum of London buildings – and I don’t think campaigners against demolition are yet sure either. The City has been pressing ahead with plans to redevelop the London Wall West site with offices aimed at yielding £70 read more »

City announces ‘cultural transformation’ of Smithfield

When I was floating the idea of a Museum of the Streets last year, I wrote: “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. “The new museum promises to be amazing – but read more »