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AUTUMN EVENTS 2013 August to October ART AND EXHIBITIONS FAMILY MUSIC SPECIAL EVENTS THEATRE WALKS AND TALKS
After a fantastic summer in the City, this season’s packed programme of events is set to be just as entertaining. Whether you enjoy history, art, literature, architecture, film or theatre – there are some real gems across the Square Mile this autumn.
Main front cover image from Victoriana: The Art of Revival (p7).
Beautiful antique jewels and contemporary silver creations take centre stage from September. Discover the secrets of the Cheapside Hoard: London’s Lost Jewels (p9) at the Museum of London or head to the prestigious Goldsmiths’ Fair (p18) to view and buy original pieces from independent designer-makers. Art-lovers are in for a treat with lots of new exhibitions. Wander past new on-street Sculpture in the City (p4) installations in EC3, marvel at Neo-Victorian curiosities at Victoriana: the Art of Revival (p7), see work by local London artists at Art on the bridge #4 (p5) and enjoy colourful Pop Art Design at the Barbican (p9).
The information in this leaflet has been researched and compiled in good faith and checked as thoroughly as possible with the relevant sources. It is correct to the best of the publisher's knowledge at the time of printing (August 2013) and the publisher cannot accept any liability for errors and omissions howsoever caused. No payment was either solicited or accepted for inclusion of entries (with the exception of the back page advertisement) and it does not claim to be fully comprehensive.
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This season also sees the opening of Milton Court, a brand new state-of-the-art performance space for Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Enjoy performances in the new Concert Hall and Theatre by the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (p14) and by final year actors in Chekhov Season (p21).
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For more events and information about the City go to www.visitthecity.co.uk or visit our City Information Centre by St Paulâ€™s Cathedral, where our friendly, multilingual staff are ready to help you plan your days out: City of London Information Centre St Paulâ€™s Churchyard London EC4M 8BX
You can explore the City every day on a Guided City Walk (p22) and see inside worldfamous architecture at the Open House London weekend (p18). There is also lots of fun for all the family including Monster half-term activities (p11) and the Prudential Ride London FreeCycle (p16).
This is London Don’t miss this great exhibition at Tower Bridge featuring copies of over 60 iconic illustrations and excerpts from painter and illustrator Miroslav Sasek's classic children's book, This is London. Daily 10am-6pm (last admission 5.30pm) Admission: £8; concs £5.60; children £3.40; under 5s free Tower Bridge Exhibition Tower Bridge Road SE1 2UP www.towerbridge.org.uk T 020 7403 3761
Until May 2014
Sculpture in the City 2013 Wander past some of the City’s most eye-catching architecture (the Gherkin, the Lloyd’s Building and the Willis Building) and see on-street artworks by worldfamous artists including Jake & Dinos Chapman, Keith Coventry, Ryan Gander, Antony Gormley, Shirazeh Houshiary, Robert Indiana and Richard Wentworth. Download a map from the website to find your way around or follow the signs on-street. FREE to view anytime Around St Botolph without Bishopsgate, Lime Street, St Mary Axe, Great St Helen’s and Undershaft EC3 www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/ sculptureinthecity
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Until 22 September
London Cycles The Museum of London have been celebrating cycling in the City this summer with data visualisation displays generated by our very own “Boris Bike”, a Museum of London ‘helmetcam’ film and the bike tribes of London immortalised in large scale portraits by illustrator Ugo Gattoni. Daily 10am-6pm FREE Museum of London 150 London Wall EC2Y 5HN www.museumoflondon.org.uk T 020 7001 9844
Until 30 November
Art at the Bridge #4 Enjoy local London art in Tower Bridge’s atmospheric Engine Rooms. Presented in collaboration with the Southwark Arts Forum, Art at the Bridge #4 explores the ‘Landscapes and Elements’ that make the capital one of the most impressive cities in the world. Daily 10am-6pm (last admission 5.30pm) Admission: £8; concs £5.60; children £3.40; under 5s free Tower Bridge Exhibition Tower Bridge Road SE1 2UP www.towerbridge.org.uk T 020 7403 3761
Until 26 September
Shakespeare and London Exploring the relationship between the Bard and the capital, this exhibition displays a range of documents and images dating from Shakespeare’s lifetime to the present day. His signature on ‘The Shakespeare Deed’ will be on display at set times, please check the LMA website for further details. Mon 9.30am-4.45pm; Tue-Thu 9.30am-7.30pm; see website for Saturday openings FREE London Metropolitan Archives 40 Northampton Road EC1R 0HB www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/lma T 020 7332 3820
Until 26 October
60 Lustrous Years Visit the London Silver Vaults, the home of silver shopping since 1953, to see a selling exhibition of silver connected to royalty, lifestyles and special family occasions which celebrates their 60th anniversary. Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm; Sat 9am-1pm FREE entry London Silver Vaults 53-64 Chancery Lane WC2A 1QS www.thesilvervaults.com T 020 7242 3844
Until 31 December
Cartoons and Caricatures See the Bank of England’s own collection of prints and drawings which includes the work of consummate artists such as James Gillray, John Tenniel and, more recently, Steve Bell. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm FREE Bank of England Museum Bartholomew Lane EC2R 8AH www.bankofengland.co.uk/ museum T 020 7601 5545
Until 9 December
Painted Faces Take a fresh look at portraits from Guildhall Art Gallery’s permanent collection, some of which haven’t been on public display before. See some of the earliest paintings in the collection, as well as charming pictures of children, royalty, influential figures, and enigmatic unknown faces. Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 12-4pm FREE Guildhall Art Gallery Guildhall Yard EC2V 5AE www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/ guildhallartgallery T 020 7332 3700
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An Impressive Retrospective: Eve Arnold 1912-2012 Celebrating the life and work of Eve Arnold, visit Castle Fine Art in the Royal Exchange to see a selling exhibition of portraits by the late photographer, who was probably best known for her candid photographs of Marilyn Monroe.
Mon-Fri 9am-7pm FREE Castle Fine Art, 35 Royal Exchange EC3V 3LN www.castlegalleries.com T 020 7929 565
7 September to 8 December
Victoriana: The Art of Revival From the macabre to the quaint, this major exhibition explores the work of international artists over the last twenty years who have been inspired by the nineteenth century. This is a multi-media show, featuring graphic design, film, ceramics, taxidermy, furniture, textiles and fine art. You can also enjoy a late view of the exhibition alongside Neo-Victorian entertainment at Guildhall Gothic (p19).
Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 12-4pm Admission: ÂŁ7; concs ÂŁ5; under 16s, Art Fund, FoGAG and City of London residents free Guildhall Art Gallery Guildhall Yard EC2V 5AE www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/ victoriana T 020 7332 3700
12 September to 29 November
24 September 2013 to 5 January 2014
The Worshipful Company of Basketmakers exhibition
Ayse Erkmen: Intervals From fairy tale landscapes to realistic interiors and abstract designs, a series of backdrops move up and down dividing the gallery, highlighting the craft of scenic painting in this ambitious new commission. Sat-Wed 11am-8pm; Thu-Fri 10am-9pm FREE The Curve, Barbican Centre Silk Street EC2Y 8DS www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery T 020 7638 8891
To catch, to carry, to collect, to measure and to store – basketmaking is one of the oldest crafts in history. See archive documents, silverware and important baskets from the Company Collection, as well as recent work by the exhibition’s artist-in-residence, Stella Harding. There is a launch event on 11 September – see the website for details. Mon-Sat 9.30am-5pm FREE Guildhall Library Aldermanbury EC2V 7HH www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/ guildhalllibrary T 020 7332 1870
Art in the City Held in their impressive livery hall, the annual exhibition by the Fine Art Society of the Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers includes works by featured artist, Sam Wadsworth and artist-inresidence, Helen Allen. When: 11am-4pm FREE Painters' Hall Little Trinity Lane EC4V 2AD www.paintersfineart.org.uk
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11 October 2013 to 27 April 2014
The Cheapside Hoard: London’s Lost Jewels
22 October 2013 to 9 February 2014 Discover the secrets of the Cheapside Hoard in this major new exhibition of extraordinary and priceless late 16th and early 17th century jewels and gemstones. The treasure was found in 1912 after being buried in a cellar on Cheapside, but who owned the Hoard, when and why was it hidden, and why was it never reclaimed? Daily 10am-6pm Admission: £10 (£9 without donation); concs £9 (£8 without donation); Friends free; family tickets and group tours also available Museum of London 150 London Wall EC2Y 5HN www.museumoflondon.org.uk T 020 7001 9844
Pop Art Design Brash, colourful and playful – Pop was characterised by an exciting exchange of ideas between design and art. See works by iconic artists including Richard Hamilton, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and more. Daily 10am-6pm; Thu & Fri 10am-9pm Admission: £12; concs £10; under 12s free Art Gallery, Barbican Centre Silk Street EC2Y 8DS www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery T 020 7638 8891
Gallery Sunday: Portraits
Join a Museum of London Host to explore the galleries through fun, hands-on activities. For ages 5 and over. Sundays 11am-1pm and 2-4pm FREE Museum of London 150 London Wall EC2Y 5HN www.museumoflondon.org.uk T 020 7001 9844
Until 30 August
World of Treasure Find the answers to the clues on the fun-filled trail and make a treasure chest-shaped money box to take home. There’s a chocolate coin for every child and prizes to be won. Mon-Fri 10am-4.30pm FREE Bank of England Museum Bartholomew Lane EC2R 8AH www.bankofengland.co.uk/ museum T 020 7601 5545
All the family are invited to this portrait-themed arts and crafts session at Guildhall Art Gallery where you can paint, draw and make badges. There is plenty of inspiration around the whole gallery and best of all – you get to take what you make. When: 12-4pm FREE; suggested materials donation: £1 Guildhall Art Gallery Guildhall Yard EC2V 5AE www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/ guildhallartgallery T 020 7332 3700
17 August to 1 September
1940’s London Learn how young Londoners found time for play during World War ll. Listen to storytellers, join in with street games, have a family portrait and make your own toys. Daily 10am-6pm; see website for activity times FREE Museum of London 150 London Wall EC2Y 5HN www.museumoflondon.org.uk T 020 7001 9844
Monster half-term activities
LSO Discovery Family Concert: Witches!
Help make a giant monster puppet, learn about the City’s dragons, get creative with arts and crafts or discover London's history and find hidden monsters. Daily 10am-6pm; see website for activity times FREE Museum of London 150 London Wall EC2Y 5HN www.museumoflondon.org.uk T 020 7001 9844
Join Rachel Leach as she guides you through a spinetingling, spooky programme, including Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and Saint-Saëns’ Danse Macabre. Suitable for families with 7- to 12-year-olds. When: 2.30pm Admission: under 16s £5; adults £10 Barbican Hall, Barbican Centre Silk Street EC2Y 8DS www.lso.co.uk T 020 7638 8891
29 October to 5 November
The Curious Scrapbook of Josephine Bean Meet a ‘scrapologist’, someone who looks after old and mysterious scrapbooks, in this charming half-term show for children aged 7+ by Shona Reppe.
Mon-Thu & Sun 11am & 2pm; Sat 2pm & 5pm Admission: £8.50 The Pit, Barbican Centre Silk Street EC2Y 8DS www.barbican.org.uk/theatre T 020 7638 8891
26 October to 3 November
Until 9 August
GIGS: Big Busk
August Festival of Music
From classical to country and beatbox to ballads, see young London soloists, duos, and groups perform live at locations across London including outside St Paulâ€™s Cathedral (30 Jul-9 Aug Tue-Fri 11am-5pm) and the Royal Exchange (1-9 Aug Thu-Fri 11am-3pm) at Bank station.
Celebrating Schubert and the centenary of Britten's birth, St Lawrence Jewry Church invites you to their August Festival of lunchtime concerts. There will be string quartets, oboe quartets, solo piano, piano trios, vocal recitals, ensemble singing and much more.
When: see website for individual location times FREE Various venues across London www.gigsbigbusk.com
Mon-Fri 1-2pm FREE St Lawrence Jewry Church Guildhall Yard EC2V 5AA www.stlawrencejewry.org.uk T 020 7600 9478
1, 7, 9 & 22 August and 5 & 20 September
Free Lunchtime Concerts Take a relaxing lunch break in Spitalfields Market with free jazz and classical performances. When: 12noon FREE Spitalfields Market, Brushfield Street, Spitalfields E1 6AA www.spitalfields.co.uk
Join one of today’s leading sopranos, Annette Dasch, as she makes her Temple Song debut with Julius Drake (piano). Showcasing Richard Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder in celebration of his bicentenary, she will also be performing Schumann’s Lieder op 35. When: 7.30pm Admission: £5-£45 Middle Temple Hall Middle Temple Lane EC4Y 9AT www.templemusic.org T 020 7427 5641
BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts: Mozart Chamber Works
Annette Dasch and Julius Drake
26 September to 14 November
The popular BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime concerts series returns this autumn and features Mozart Chamber works performed by Christian Blackshaw (26 Sep), the Chiaroscuro Quartet (31 Oct) and London Winds (3 & 17 Oct). Thursdays at 1pm Admission: £10; concs £9 Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke’s 161 Old Street EC1V 9NG www.lso.co.uk T 020 7638 8891
Silent Film: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Hear performer and composer David Briggs play the newly restored organ to the renowned silent adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic. John Barrymore stars as the Victorian scientist who turns himself into a murderous abomination. When: 7pm Admission £10-£20 Temple Church Middle Temple Lane EC4Y 9AT www.templemusic.org T 020 7427 5641
Guildhall Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Buika + special guests
To celebrate the opening of the Guildhall School’s new Milton Court Concert Hall, American conductor James Gaffigan joins the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra & Chorus for one of the most famous and enduring works of classical music ever written, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, featuring soloists who are alumni of the School.
Hailed as a star in contemporary flamenco, Buika is blessed with a remarkable voice; raw and smoky but with a tenderness that hits right at the heart. This concert follows the release of her new album La Noche Más Larga. When: 7.30pm Admission: £15-£24 Barbican Centre Hall Silk Street EC2Y 8DS www.barbican.org.uk T 020 7638 8891
When: 7.30pm Admission: £10-£15; concs £5 Milton Court 1 Milton Street EC2Y 9BH www.gsmd.ac.uk/events T 020 7638 8891
When: see website for times
Barbican Centre and LSO St Luke's www.barbican.org.uk/ transcender T 020 7638 8891
The annual series of ecstatic, devotional and psychedelic music is back at the Barbican for its fifth year. Featuring Nicolas Jaar, Pantha du Prince & The Bell Laboratory, Joshua Light Show, Matthew Herbert, Faiz Ali Faiz, Carmen Linares, Nynke and more.
Sacconi String Quartet Recognised for their imaginative approach, see the highly successful Sacconi String Quartet perform Purcell’s Chacony, Britten’s String Quartet No.2, Puccini’s Crisantemi and Verdi’s String Quartet. When: 7pm Admission: £10-£20 Temple Church Middle Temple Lane EC4Y 9AT www.templemusic.org T 020 7427 5641
CLoSer: The New Babylon Join the City of London Sinfonia and conductor Hugh Brunt for a live showing of the 1929 silent movie, The New Babylon, with a performance of Russian composer Dimitri Shostakovich's original film score. When: 7.30pm Admission: £15 – includes a free drink Village Underground 54 Holywell Lane EC2A 3PQ www.cls.co.uk T 020 7377 1362
Tindersticks Join indie rock band Tindersticks on their 20th anniversary tour with this special performance featuring music from their new album Across Six Leap Years, which will be released in October.
When: 7.30pm Admission: £20-£30 Barbican Centre Hall Silk Street EC2Y 8DS www.barbican.org.uk T 020 7638 8891
Saturday Food Markets Pick up fresh produce such as Argentinian empanadas and Chinese dumplings from the brand new, weekly food market at One New Change. You can also enjoy a gourmet treat at lunchtime (11am-3pm) on the first Wednesday of every month at the international pop-up food market on the ground and lower ground floors. When: 11am-5pm FREE admission One New Change EC4M 9AF www.onenewchange.com
New Spitalfields Saturday Style Market Choose your own style with original clothing, accessories, homewares and ethical goods from up to 60 independent designers. Sat 11am-5pm FREE Spitalfields Market, Brushfield Street, Spitalfields E1 6AA www.spitalfields.co.uk/saturday
Prudential Ride London Be part of Britainâ€™s biggest bike festival at the Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle. Everyone is welcome to take part, no matter what your age or ability â€“ just register online. Spectators can cheer on their
cycling heros and those raising money for charity on Sunday as they compete in the Grand Prix, RideLondon-Surrey 100 and Ride London-Surrey Classic races. When: FreeCycle Sat 9am-4pm; Grand Prix Sat 5-7.30pm; RideLondon-Surrey 100 Sun 6am-5pm; RideLondon-Surrey Classic Sun 12.45pm FREE www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk
Enjoy panoramic views of the City whilst watching the awardwinning Argo (20 Aug) and an 80s classic film of your choice – vote online (15 Sep).
One New Change Roof Terrace (6th floor) EC4M 9AF www.onenewchange.com
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Open air cinema
20 August and 15 September
Doors open at 7pm; starts at 8.15pm Admission: £18.50
The Mayor’s Thames Festival See the River Thames spark into life with a 10-day celebration of London’s iconic river through art, music, and educational events both on the water and along its banks and bridges. The new extended programme includes the Thames’ first floating art fair, the Great River Race and a night-time river opera by Turner-prize nominated artist Richard Wilson and Zatorski + Zatorski. When: times vary – see website for details Admission: most events FREE; some ticketed Various venues between Tower Bridge and Westminster Bridge www.thamesfestival.org
18 September to 2 October
Urban Wandering – Film and the London Landscape A fascinating season of films, walks and talks exploring the influence of the London landscape in cinema, with a particular focus on the East End. Featuring cult classics, archive pictures, and a London-themed film quiz. Admission and times vary by event Cinema 1, 2 & 3, Barbican Centre, Silk Street EC2Y 8DS www.barbican.org.uk/film T 020 7638 8891
23 September to 6 October
Open House London Goldsmiths’ Fair This hugely popular annual event provides you with a unique opportunity to get out and under the skin of London’s amazing architecture, with over 700 buildings of all kinds opening their doors to everyone – all for free. City highlights include Guildhall, the Bank of England, Lloyds of London and 30 St Mary Axe (aka the Gherkin).
Visit Europe’s biggest and most prestigious selling exhibition of jewellery, silver and precious objects made in Britain by leading and up-coming jewellers and silversmiths. Now in its 31st year, this annual event is loved and enjoyed not just by the designer-makers who exhibit, but by the thousands of people who visit each year.
When: see website for individual building opening times FREE Various venues across London www.openhouselondon.org.uk
Mon-Fri 11am-7pm; Sat-Sun 10am-6pm; closed 30 Sep Admission: £10 one week; £15 two weeks; prices include catalogue Goldsmiths’ Hall Foster Lane EC2V 6BN www.thegoldsmiths.co.uk T 0207 606 7010
Adventure Week The Royal Exchange is calling all explorers and travellers for a week of activities including exhibitions, guest appearances and climbing – all taking place in the building’s courtyard. Visit individual stores too for explorer watch collections, clothing ranges, travel kits and luggage. Daily 10am-6pm FREE The Royal Exchange Threadneedle Street EC3V 3LP www.theroyalexchange.co.uk
Pearly Kings & Queens Harvest Festival Join London’s Pearly Kings & Queens for traditional entertainment in Guildhall Yard before parading down to St Mary-le-Bow Church for the annual Harvest Festival service. When: 1pm; service at 3pm FREE Guildhall Yard off Gresham Street EC2V 5AE www.pearlysociety.co.uk
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Best of British Fashion Show See the latest trends for autumn from Jaeger, Reiss, Hobbs and Barbour at Leadenhall Market in this lunchtime fashion show. When: 12.30pm and 1.30pm FREE Leadenhall Market Gracechurch Street EC3V 1LR www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/ leadenhall T 020 7929 1073
Late View: Guildhall Gothic Enjoy a late view of Victoriana: The Art of Revival (p7) alongside Neo-Victorian entertainment in the gothic Guildhall Crypts with live music, pop-up bar, and cabaret acts. When: 6-10pm Admission: £10 online; £12 on the door – includes exhibition entry Guildhall Art Gallery Guildhall Yard EC2V 5AE www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/ victoriana T 020 7332 3700
All that glitters @ late Join the Museum of London for a dazzling night of jewels and gemstones to celebrate the opening of The Cheapside Hoard. Embrace the world of Elizabethan and Jacobean chic through glitzy workshops, sparkling talks and immersive performances. With galleries by twilight, live music and late night bars. When: 7-10pm Admission: £10; concs £8.50; Friends free Museum of London 150 London Wall EC2Y 5HN www.museumoflondon.org.uk T 020 7001 9844
SAVE THE DATE 9 November 2013
Lord Mayor’s Show The oldest, longest, grandest and most popular civic procession in the world with fireworks at 5pm.
Entertaining Mr Ortron What would Joe Orton’s life have been like if he had written it? This year celebrates the 80th birthday of one of theatre’s most enduring and enigmatic sons – the late Joe Orton. Set in the early 1960s, Entertaining Mr Orton imagines Joe's life in the style one of his plays. Daily 7.30pm; Sat matinee 3pm Admission: £11-£14 Bridewell Theatre Bride Lane EC4Y 8EQ www.towertheatre.org.uk T 020 7353 1700
Best of BE Festival The BE (Birmingham European) Festival brings Europe’s most original new theatre to the UK. Watch three prize-winning shows, have dinner and take part in the post-show discussion. When: 7.45pm Admission: £25 – includes dinner and a drink during the interval The Pit, Barbican Centre Silk Street EC2Y 8DS www.barbican.org.uk/theatre T 020 7638 8891
Daisy Pulls It Off A gloriously witty and affectionate parody of the wholesome girls-own adventure stories. Set in 1929, plucky scholarship student Daisy Meredith battles with beastly bullies at the exclusive Grangewood School for Girls while hunting for treasure. Daily 7.30pm; Sat matinee 3pm Admission: £12; concs £10 Bridewell Theatre Bride Lane EC4Y 8EQ www.spreadeagleplayers.org.uk T 020 7353 3331
Chekhov Season See Guildhall School of Music & Drama final year actors as they open Guildhall School’s new Milton Court theatres with two of the Russian dramatist’s major plays – The Seagull (17-24 Oct) and Three Sisters (19-24 Oct). When: see website for performance times Admission: £10; concs £5 Milton Court 1 Milton Street EC2Y 9BH www.gsmd.ac.uk/events T 020 7638 8891
22 October to 2 November
Boy Blue Entertainment presents
The Five & the Prophecy of Prana
Set between 1901 and 1930, LAWRENCE is a compelling story with an exciting and diverse musical score that captures the spirit and passion of DH Lawrence the man, the writer and the lover.
Hip-hop dance theatre with jaw-dropping choreography, martial arts and stunning manga visuals, by one of the UK's top hip-hop dance companies. When: 7.45pm; 26 Oct & 2 Nov 2.30pm & 7.45pm; 27 Oct 5pm only Admission: £16-£32 Theatre, Barbican Centre Silk Street EC2Y 8DS www.barbican.org.uk/theatre T 020 7638 8891
Daily 7.30pm; Sat matinee 2.30pm Admission: £15 Bridewell Theatre Bride Lane EC4Y 8EQ www.lawrencethemusical.com T 020 7353 3331
Guided City walks
Guildhall Library afternoon talks
Hear about the City’s rich history on one of these guided walks that leave from the City Information Centre every day. There are plenty to choose from including City Highlights (Wed 2pm and Sun 2pm) and London’s Burning (Thu 2pm and Sun 11am). You can also join a City Guide for an early morning tour of Smithfield Market (14 Aug, 11 Sep, 16 Oct) – see the website for details. Daily, 11am and 2pm Admission: £7-8; concs £6; under 12s free Meet at City Information Centre St Paul’s Churchyard EC4M 8BX www.cityoflondonguides.com
Find out some fascinating London facts at one of Guildhall Library’s free and regular afternoon talks. Highlights include: Mark Mason on walking the tube lines (26 Sep), an illustrated walk around Holland Park and its environs (2 Oct), and a radical review of Whitechapel in the 18th century by Derek Morris (9 Oct). See the website for special evening events too. When: 2-3pm FREE; please book in advance Guildhall Library Aldermanbury EC2V 7HH www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/ guildhalllibrary T 020 7332 1870
Open-City architecture tours On-going
Gresham College lectures Each week you can pop into Gresham College and hear free lectures on a huge variety of subjects. This season highlights include The Red Planet (25 Sep), Religion: A challenge to Liberalism (8 Oct), In Prison Camp: Messiaen Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps (11 Oct) and The Eye at War: Preventing and treating combat injuries a 2000 year journey (30 Oct). Times vary by event – check website or call FREE; booking is required for some events Gresham College Holborn EC1N 2HH www.gresham.ac.uk T 020 7831 0575
Walk, cycle and photograph London architecture with OpenCity’s weekly programme of tours with specialist guides. See website for dates and booking information. Admission prices and times vary by event www.open-city.org.uk/tours T 020 3006 7008
Join the Curators for a cup of tea and a chat in the historic house of one of Britain's greatest tea lovers, Dr Johnson – “tea amuses the evening…solaces the midnight… and welcomes the morning”. Tuesdays at 3pm Admission: £4.50; concs £3.50; children £1.50; under 5s free Dr Johnson’s House, 17 Gough Square, off Fleet Street EC4A 3DE www.drjohnsonshouse.org T 020 7353 3745
Guildhall tours The Gothic Guildhall, built around 1411, is an impressive sight. These tours explain its history, including its survival through the Great Fire and the Blitz and some of the notorious trials that took place here. Private tours can be arranged.
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Free tea at three
12 September and 24 October
When: 10.45am-12noon Admission: £6; advance booking necessary via firstname.lastname@example.org Meet at Guildhall Art Gallery off Gresham Street EC2V 7HH www.cityoflondonguides.com
Ironmongers Hall The home of the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers opens its doors to the public for one day only with FREE guided tours. When: 10am-2.30pm FREE; limited number of tickets for collection from the City Information Centre opposite St Paul's Cathedral or via email@example.com Ironmongers Hall Shaftesbury Place EC2Y 8AA www.ironmongers.org
The men and women of Grub Street in Dr Johnson’s London In this age of all-pervasive digitalisation, discover the burgeoning world of print in Johnson’s era with this lecture by Professor Jerry White, author of London in the Eighteenth Century: A Great and Monstrous Thing. When: 7pm (doors open 6.15pm) Admission: £5; please book in advance Dr Johnson’s House, 17 Gough Square, off Fleet Street EC4A 3DE www.drjohnsonshouse.org T 020 7353 3745
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