Can Destination City also help create a Liveable City?

I originally drafted this piece for a column in the EC1 Echo, but space is tight this time and we’ll revisit in print in the New Year. Meanwhile there’s discussion on Twitter about the cost and focus of the Destination City programme, and future use of the Museum of London site. The Culture Mile Business … Continue reading “Can Destination City also help create a Liveable City?”

Culture Mile changes as Destination City sets out plans

For the past five years Culture Mile has been a programme of activities and projects in the north west of the City, a way of branding the area, and a team coordinating development. Some of that is changing, but quite how much won’t be clear for a few months. City Corporation committees have now approved … Continue reading “Culture Mile changes as Destination City sets out plans”

Developing a Museum of the Streets as the Museum of London closes

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 it won’t be open until 2025. Update at June 2024: The Museum is now expected to … Continue reading “Developing a Museum of the Streets as the Museum of London closes”

The Elizabeth Line works both ways for the City

The other day I received in the post a lavish publication from the Canary Wharf Group with 30 pages of promised treats from new restaurants, bars, shops and leisure experiences to penthouse flats for sale or rent. It promoted a covered ice rink and display of Winter Lights, with everything also accessible on a smartphone … Continue reading “The Elizabeth Line works both ways for the City”

New visitor guide and films for Culture Mile demonstrate BID promotion plans

Update: the Culture Mile website is no longer online, following approval of the Business Improvement District. However you can still find the Explore page through the Internet Archive. Visitors to the City’s north west cultural district now have a guide to venues, heritage sites, entertainment and shopping on the Culture Mile website. The guide is … Continue reading “New visitor guide and films for Culture Mile demonstrate BID promotion plans”

London Starts Here could develop it’s own Destination City to engage supporters

London Starts Here is such a good name I hope that Barbican Quarter Action won’t mind if I suggest something that would benefit the campaign by picking up ideas from the City’s new recovery plan. The campaign points out that the City’s London Wall West office development seems out of line with its new Destination … Continue reading “London Starts Here could develop it’s own Destination City to engage supporters”

Revive Bartholomew Fair? Maybe it’s already happening in Culture Mile

Articles in the EC1Echo about reviving Bartholomew Fair in 2023 have attracted support. However, in lots of ways we already have an all-year Fair taking place in the many venues along the City of London’s Culture Mile. Here’s a discussion paper on how we might combine a new Fair with promotion of those very varied … Continue reading “Revive Bartholomew Fair? Maybe it’s already happening in Culture Mile”