Cloth Fair Hidden Garden attracts the crowds

Last weekend was the first time that the Hidden Garden of Cloth Fair had joined more than 100 others in the London Open Garden programme, and it was a great success. Ten years ago the garden of St Bartholomew the Great was overgrown, and when Bernadette Skehan moved into a flat overlooking the space she … Continue reading “Cloth Fair Hidden Garden attracts the crowds”

The London Society offers a “sneak peek” into the site of the new London Museum

The London Society organises excellent walks and talks, and last week I was delighted to be able to join in a “sneak peek” organised by director Rob Fiehn just down the road at the site of the new London Museum. As a resident of Smithfield I’ve been following plans for the Museum’s move to West … Continue reading “The London Society offers a “sneak peek” into the site of the new London Museum”

City’s first Neighbourhood Forum gathers pace

I’ve been watching with keen interest plans to create a Neighbourhood Forum for the Barbican and Golden Lane Estates, since it was proposed a year ago, and so was delighted to be invited to a drop-in planning session last week even though I live in Smithfield. Definitely neighbourly. In St Giles Cripplegate** I found residents … Continue reading “City’s first Neighbourhood Forum gathers pace”

What is Destination City now – and who is it for?

I’m looking forward to the next Citizens Forum about Destination City on Monday May 20 – not least hoping to find out just what it is. Booking here. See below for an update from the event. Councillor Brendan Barns, the Resident Representative on the City Envoy Network, has previously organised some excellent Forum events. Earlier … Continue reading “What is Destination City now – and who is it for?”

City approves London Wall West scheme – but Gove orders a pause

Update: The City Corporation posted on Twitter/X “The Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has lifted the Section 31 Holding Direction on the London Wall West planning application and decided not to call-in the application. We will now progress with issuing permission to allow works to commence on site”. May 17 2024. … Continue reading “City approves London Wall West scheme – but Gove orders a pause”

Official summary of Destination City review published

Next week City of London Corporation committees will discuss a final report from Paul Martin’s review of the Destination City programme, and public papers now available include a summary of recommendations. Background in this earlier post, and the presentation by Paul to a recent Citizens Forum. One suggestion in the summary is that the Square … Continue reading “Official summary of Destination City review published”

Last minute ideas for the Destination City review

A review of Destination City, due out shortly, is likely to recommend that the future programme drops costly events like the “spectacular” 2023 version of Bartholomew Fair. Instead it should focus on promoting the Square Mile’s unique culture and heritage, improving the public realm of streets and spaces, and building stronger partnerships with key organisations … Continue reading “Last minute ideas for the Destination City review”

Citizens Forum gets first-hand report of Destination City review

The second Citizens Forum event about Destination City, held yesterday evening, was a great success on several counts. It was a fascinating venue, the content was highly relevant, drinks and food generous, and the overall style engaging. I also figured out a technical fix to deal with my hearing problem, which may be more generally … Continue reading “Citizens Forum gets first-hand report of Destination City review”

Marx Memorial Library engages Clerkenwell community in its radical history

Exploration of the radical history of Clerkenwell will take a big jump forward with a new project announced by the Marx Memorial Library. Here’s their press release: “The Marx Memorial Library (MML) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded funding by the Association for Independent Museums, supported by National Lottery Heritage Fund, for … Continue reading “Marx Memorial Library engages Clerkenwell community in its radical history”

What residents want from Destination City – and what they can offer

Councillor Brendan Barns has reported back from the first Citizens Forum event with some fascinating insights from the residents who attended. Brendan organised the informal event as the Resident Representative on the City Envoy Network with a remit “to represent the collective views of residents on the Destination City agenda”. Here’s background on the programme. … Continue reading “What residents want from Destination City – and what they can offer”