Bartholomew Fair evaluation published … no more Corporation funding?

The City Corporation has published an evaluation report on Bartholomew Fair – held over three weeks in September – detailing visitor numbers, their spending, preferences, and the partnerships formed to put on 250 events in 17 locations across the Square Mile. The Fair was part of the Destination City programme – which is now under … Continue reading “Bartholomew Fair evaluation published … no more Corporation funding?”

Why we need a Guide to Culture Mile and Destination City

Plans to engage residents in Destination City highlight the need for accessible information about the Corporation’s flagship programme, and a main area for cultural development. I suggest we need a Guide to what’s happening and what’s planned, with councillors taking a lead in its development. You can skip to the Guide proposals here. Update summary … Continue reading “Why we need a Guide to Culture Mile and Destination City”

More office towers will help Destination City, says planning chief

A City Corporation news release accompanying images of the Square Mile skyline in 2030 says more office development is needed to meet demand, and that in addition office towers will support its Destination City programme aimed at attracting visitors. We’re delighted to share our new image of what the city skyline will look like in … Continue reading “More office towers will help Destination City, says planning chief”

Finding our way around the Square Mile

One of the challenges for the Destination City programme, aimed at attracting more visitors to the Square Mile, is helping people find their way around once they arrive. That was particularly true during the three weeks of Bartholomew Fair in September, with 250 events scattered across the City. While there was an official map with … Continue reading “Finding our way around the Square Mile”

Can City residents and property developers find common ground in Destination City?

Property development in the Square Mile can lead to tensions with residents. Barbican residents have campaigned forcefully against office development on the former site of the Museum of London, and residents on the Middlesex Street estate fought a 24 storey office tower because of overshadowing. However a recent report from the City Property Association makes … Continue reading “Can City residents and property developers find common ground in Destination City?”

Clash of dates highlights the engagement opportunity for Destination City

Update: I’ve developed a set of pages on this wiki bringing together official reports, articles and blog posts about Destination City together with questions that I think might arise at the November 7 event. The City Question Time event has moved to December 14 6pm at the Old Bailey, with a festive celebration afterwards. Sign … Continue reading “Clash of dates highlights the engagement opportunity for Destination City”

Invitation to first public meeting about Destination City

Update : I developed a set of pages on this wiki bringing together official reports, articles and blog posts about Destination City for the November 7 event. The meeting with about 100 residents prompted a lively discussion – see note at the end. On November 7 the Destination City team will hold their first public … Continue reading “Invitation to first public meeting about Destination City”

Piloting a community information hub

Update: I’ve developed a set of pages on this wiki bringing together official reports, articles and blog posts about Destination City together with questions that I think might arise at the November 7 event. As I reported in this post, the Barbican Library is planning a community hub that will include ways for residents to share information … Continue reading “Piloting a community information hub”

Pearly Kings and Queens and the Sheep Drive show City’s authentic culture and heritage

A week after the City Corporation’s £1.3 million Bartholomew Fair ended, two more modest events showed how traditional activities can attract crowds despite relatively little publicity. Yesterday I went to the Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival in Guildhall Yard, while at Southwark Bridge the annual Sheep Drive celebrated the ancient privilege of Freemen of … Continue reading “Pearly Kings and Queens and the Sheep Drive show City’s authentic culture and heritage”

Sheep Drive and Livery Fair

Yesterday there were two traditional events in the City of London – the Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival and the Sheep Drive and Livery Fair. I’ve written about the Pearlies here, but didn’t get to the Sheep Drive. Fortunately there’s quite a lot on social media, and I’ve pulled together some content to demonstrate … Continue reading “Sheep Drive and Livery Fair”