Monthly Archives: April 2023

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 »

Resident engagement with Destination City and the new BID – official advice

In January I attended a City-wide Residents meeting with the City Corporation, and asked the chair of policy Chris Hayward how we could best engage with developments planned in the north west cultural district of the Square Mile. Here’s the exchange. The Destination City programme is taking over much of the work of the Culture read more »