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Featured events

Elysian Arcs
Over 20ft-high spectacular, rainbow-coloured arcs will debut at The Leadenhall Building, bringing joy to some of the darker months of the year.
DREAM-BRIDGE-OMNIGLYPH by Leo Robinson
This new installation is inspired by the Roman Temple of Mithras discovered on the Bloomberg site during the 1950s.
Mudlarking Exhibition at Watermen’s Hall
Explore daily displays from 15 unique mudlarks, showcasing their remarkable collections and sharing captivating backstories.
Heritage Gallery Exhibition: Billingsgate Market
A new free display with a focus on Billingsgate Market, from 27 January to 16 May 2024.
Barbican Music Library Exhibition – From the Caribbean to Coventry
A free exhibition for the fans by the fans going some way to explain not just what 2Tone music is, but why and how they got there.
Exhibition / Unravel: The Power and Politics of Textiles in Art
This exhibition will shine a light on artists from the 1960s to today who have explored the transformative and subversive potential of textiles.
‘A Trip to Mexico’ Agave Cocktail Masterclass
Take a "Trip to Mexico" as part of Sabine Rooftop Bar's Agave Month Thursday’s appointment.
What's On - Sculpture in the City tour, people looking at a white tree sculpture

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The Tower Bridge Cat Trail

The Tower Bridge Cat Trail

Tower Bridge

Inspired by 'The Tower Bridge Cat' and the characters from the award-winning books, families are invited to complete our interactive Trail as they make their way through Tower Bridge.

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01.06.2023 31.10.2024
Pardner Hand – A Caribbean answer to British banking exclusion

Pardner Hand – A Caribbean answer to British banking exclusion

Bank of England Museum

This exhibition explores a way of saving popularised by the Windrush Generation, which empowered Caribbean people to save money and build a life in the UK.

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22.06.2023 01.06.2024
Slavery & the Bank

Slavery & the Bank

Bank of England Museum

This exhibition explores the history of transatlantic slavery through its connections with the Bank of England and the wider City of London.

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01.09.2023 22.02.2024
The Conservatory x Ranjani Shettar

The Conservatory x Ranjani Shettar

Barbican Conservatory

Cloud songs on the horizon is the artist’s first major institutional show in Europe and will feature five new, large-scale suspended sculptures across the entirety of the Conservatory space.

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10.09.2023 01.03.2024
Folio 400: Shakespeare in Print

Folio 400: Shakespeare in Print

Guildhall Library

Drawing on Guildhall Library’s remarkable Shakespeare collections, this exhibition examines the history of the printing of William Shakespeare’s plays.

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04.10.2023 02.05.2024
Tower Bridge Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Tower Bridge Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Tower Bridge

Ever wondered what goes on behind-the-scenes at London’s defining landmark?

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04.11.2023 24.03.2024
Illuminated River: Shining a Light on the Eastern Bridges

Illuminated River: Shining a Light on the Eastern Bridges

The Illuminated River runs through the heart of London along the River Thames and is the longest public art commission in the world, yet no public money has been used to fund it.

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07.11.2023 26.03.2024
My Neighbour Totoro

My Neighbour Totoro

Barbican Theatre

Find your spirit with the “awe-inspiring” (Time Out) and “dazzling” (Guardian) My Neighbour Totoro, as this five-star, award-winning production returns for a strictly limited season.

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21.11.2023 23.03.2024
Christopher Wren: The Quest for Knowledge

Christopher Wren: The Quest for Knowledge

St Paul's Cathedral

Investigate the genius of Christopher Wren and his ever-enquiring mind in this new exhibition at St Paul's Cathedral - said to be Wren's masterpiece.

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01.01.2024 31.12.2024
Barbican Music Library Exhibition – From the Caribbean to Coventry

Barbican Music Library Exhibition – From the Caribbean to Coventry

Barbican Centre

A free exhibition for the fans by the fans going some way to explain not just what 2Tone music is, but why and how they got there.

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12.01.2024 25.05.2024
Leisure in Roman London: Battling gladiators to sumptuous baths

Leisure in Roman London: Battling gladiators to sumptuous baths

London's Roman Amphitheatre

Explore two of the best-preserved Roman sites in London with archaeologist Dr Andrew Lane.

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27.01.2024 23.03.2024
Heritage Gallery Exhibition: Billingsgate Market

Heritage Gallery Exhibition: Billingsgate Market

City of London Heritage Gallery

A new free display with a focus on Billingsgate Market, from 27 January to 16 May 2024.

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27.01.2024 16.05.2024
DREAM-BRIDGE-OMNIGLYPH by Leo Robinson

DREAM-BRIDGE-OMNIGLYPH by Leo Robinson

London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE

This new installation is inspired by the Roman Temple of Mithras discovered on the Bloomberg site during the 1950s.

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01.02.2024 01.07.2024
A Barbican Library FREE Foyer Exhibition: Surface Challenge – by the Printmakers Council

A Barbican Library FREE Foyer Exhibition: Surface Challenge – by the Printmakers Council

Barbican Centre

An exciting demonstration of the printmakers art - this free exhibition shows works that thoroughly explores the versatility of mark making using all manner of printmaking techniques.

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02.02.2024 26.02.2024
Bishopsgate Institute Archive Tour – LGBTQIA+ Collections

Bishopsgate Institute Archive Tour – LGBTQIA+ Collections

Bishopsgate Institute

Join a tour of Bishopsgate Institute's LGBTQIA+ Collections and discover the stories they're home to.

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08.02.2024 25.04.2024
‘A Trip to Mexico’ Agave Cocktail Masterclass

‘A Trip to Mexico’ Agave Cocktail Masterclass

Sabine

Take a "Trip to Mexico" as part of Sabine Rooftop Bar's Agave Month Thursday’s appointment.

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08.02.2024 29.02.2024
Exhibition / Unravel: The Power and Politics of Textiles in Art

Exhibition / Unravel: The Power and Politics of Textiles in Art

Barbican Centre

This exhibition will shine a light on artists from the 1960s to today who have explored the transformative and subversive potential of textiles.

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13.02.2024 26.05.2024
Britten: Canticles

Britten: Canticles

Temple Church

A musical evening at Temple Church. Explore Britten's life as an incredible ensemble of musicians bring his work to life.

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22.02.2024
Mudlarking Exhibition at Watermen’s Hall

Mudlarking Exhibition at Watermen’s Hall

Explore daily displays from 15 unique mudlarks, showcasing their remarkable collections and sharing captivating backstories.

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24.02.2024 25.02.2024
Bishopsgate Swing – February

Bishopsgate Swing – February

Bishopsgate Institute

Put on your dancing shoes and Lindy Hop away at Bishopsgate Swing, a social dance for dancers of all levels.

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25.02.2024
Elysian Arcs

Elysian Arcs

Leadenhall Building (The Cheesegrater)

Over 20ft-high spectacular, rainbow-coloured arcs will debut at The Leadenhall Building, bringing joy to some of the darker months of the year.

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26.02.2024 15.03.2024
Half Six Fix, Shostakovich 4 with Sir Simon Rattle
28.02.2024
LSO Half Six Fix & Mix – February

LSO Half Six Fix & Mix – February

Barbican Centre

Elevate your evening with a 60-minute concert and a networking event to connect with like-minded young professionals and LSO Pioneers who share your passion for culture and the arts.

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28.02.2024
The Future of Money

The Future of Money

Bank of England Museum

A new free exhibition at the Bank of England Museum will take a tantalising look into the future - and the quickly evolving present - of money.

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28.02.2024 01.09.2025
Stand-up Comedy Evening

Stand-up Comedy Evening

The Moniker

Celebrate International Women's Day with the hilarious performances from talented comedians Thanyia Moore, Helen Bauer and Ria Lina.

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08.03.2024
Second Saturday – Family activities at Guildhall Art Gallery

Second Saturday – Family activities at Guildhall Art Gallery

Guildhall Art Gallery

A revolving programme of family activities may have you heading into the Roman Amphitheatre and hearing tales of Roman conquests, or creating crafts from the Victorian paintings surrounding you.

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09.03.2024
Jephtha

Jephtha

Middle Temple Hall

Almost 300 years on, a superb cast conducted by Christian Curnyn give a concert performance of this great oratorio in the splendid surroundings of Middle Temple Hall.

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11.03.2024
Soufiane Ababri: Their mouths were full of bumblebees but it was me who was pollinated

Soufiane Ababri: Their mouths were full of bumblebees but it was me who was pollinated

Moroccan-born artist Soufiane Ababri will transform The Curve for his first solo exhibition at a major UK institution.

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13.03.2024 30.06.2024
Twentieth-Century Divas: Shirley Bassey (a Gresham College Lecture)

Twentieth-Century Divas: Shirley Bassey (a Gresham College Lecture)

Gresham College

Attend a free lecture to learn all about Shirley Bassey and her experience as a Black British Woman in music.

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21.03.2024
March Lunchtime Concert: Caroline Taylor “Secrets and Sighs”

March Lunchtime Concert: Caroline Taylor “Secrets and Sighs”

Soprano Caroline Taylor and internationally acclaimed collaborative pianist – and CMF Patron – Roger Vignoles give a recital at the ornate Goldsmiths’ Hall.

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26.03.2024
Ibrahim Mahama: Purple Hibiscus

Ibrahim Mahama: Purple Hibiscus

Barbican Centre

Transforming the Barbican’s famous Lakeside Terrace, the site-specific artwork will dramatically envelop the building’s iconic concrete exterior with approximately 2000 square metres of bespoke woven cloth.

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10.04.2024 18.08.2024
Anne Desmet: Kaleidoscope/London Exhibition

Anne Desmet: Kaleidoscope/London Exhibition

Guildhall Art Gallery

Embark on a captivating journey through time and space at 'Anne Desmet: Kaleidoscope/London', the new exhibition at Guildhall Art Gallery from 12 April to 8 September 2024.

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12.04.2024 08.09.2024
Exhibition / Francis Alÿs

Exhibition / Francis Alÿs

Barbican Art Gallery & The Curve

A major new exhibition by renowned Mexico-based artist Francis Alÿs – his first and largest institutional solo exhibition in the UK for over a decade.

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27.06.2024 01.09.2024
Exhibition / Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum

Exhibition / Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum

Barbican Art Gallery & The Curve

In her first solo exhibition at a major UK institution, Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum creates dynamic works newly commissioned for The Curve.

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18.09.2024 05.01.2025
Lord Mayor’s Show

Lord Mayor’s Show

Mansion House

Visit the City for the Lord Mayor’s Show - a three mile long outdoor procession with colourful floats, music and fun.

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09.11.2024

12 wonderful things to do this February in the City of London

From crafting mythical creatures for half-term break, celebrating Chinese New Year with tasty treats, enjoying a candlelit concert for Valentine's Day to celebrating Pancake Day with quirky races and delicious food, February is a month that is packed with excitement.

Here is a taste of some of the brilliant things to see & do this month in the City of London.

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11 things to do this January in the City of London
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Walks in the City
Make the most of your time in the City of London - take a guided tour with official City of London Guides, or follow self-guided walks and trails.
City Visitor Trail
The City Visitor Trail is a 90 minute self-guided tour perfect for those on a sight-seeing mission. Take on world famous attractions, uncover hidden gems and feast on the culture, history and heritage of the City of London.
Green spaces to relax in the City of London
Whether you’re looking for a tranquil picnic spot or somewhere for quiet contemplation, here are some of the City’s greenest spaces to seek out.
Hidden gems and where to find them in the City
Whether you love art, history or simply a good old snoop around, there’s a treasure trail of hidden gems to find in just one square mile – the Square Mile.
Where to ‘meet’ history’s great characters in the City
You can get to know the City’s famous historical residents on a stroll through the streets – look for the rectangular City of London blue plaques.
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What's On - Guy F at Royal Exchange - walking guide talking to an audience