Monthly Archives: July 2023

Destination City: good for visitors … what about residents too?

The Culture, Heritage and Libraries committee held a wide-ranging discussion today following a presentation about the vision for Destination City, which I wrote about earlier. Here’s some of the issues, and a suggestion on where best to explore the pros and cons of the programme for residents. Previous post about Destination City vision Presentation slides read more »

£60,000 community fund launched for groups in City’s Culture Mile

Grants of up to £5000 are available to community groups, charities and social enterprises in the north west of the City of London. The Culture Mile Business Improvement District has launched the Community Fund through ActionFunder, with a commitment of £60,000. “Through this community fund, we seek to support a breadth of local projects that read more »

Meet me on the Green – an inspiring exhibition

Today Islington Museum launched an engaging exhibition about 900 years of Clerkenwell history, focussed on the Green. There’s erudite panels including a timeline of protest and demonstration from 1381 … … reference to the excellent Marx Memorial Library… … the role of Clerkenwell in providing water to the City … … and entertainment … The read more »

Ten Ages of London – a great Square Mile wander from Londonist

The first edition of the Londonist: Time Machine newsletter provides a brilliant example of the delights of wandering about the City of London, which I wrote about yesterday. Matt Brown offers The Ten Ages of London in One Short Walk starting with Prehistoric London on the banks of the Thames, and walking through Roman, Anglo-Saxon, read more »

Destination Square Mile needs support for wandering about

The City Corporation’s programme to attract more visitors is pitched in competition with other London destinations, including Canary Wharf and Covent Garden, as I reported earlier. One destination that might have been mentioned is South Kensington, which has a wide range of cultural attractions. The City prides itself on that too, saying: “It is recognised read more »

First public vision of the Square Mile as Destination City

The City Corporation has now offered the first public vision of its £2.5 million Destination City programme, which aims to attract visitors whose spending will boost a Square Mile economy hit by working from home. A presentation on the programme shows the City competing for visitors globally with festivals and events in Sydney, New York read more »

Plans for a Barbican Library community room approved

The new community room in Barbican Library, which I wrote about here, is going ahead at a cost of £449,550. A report to the City Corporation’s Culture, Heritage and Libraries committee says the sum has been awarded from the Community Infrastructure Levy Neighbourhood Fund. It goes to the Barbican Association and Department of Community and read more »