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St Stephen Walbrook Church - City of London

​The beautiful interior of St Stephen Walbrook church

Guildhall Art Gallery and Roman Amphitheatre holds regular events alongside the exhibition programme. Look out for our Friday night Late Views, held four times a year, when we open our doors after hours with music, a bar and entertainment. You can also enjoy free activities for all the family at one of our Gallery Sunday activity days. 

Previous Late Views have included: Guildhall Gothic, Moonlight Madness, The Cat's Pyjamas, Tricks and Trades and London Large.​

Discover & explore: music and liturgy at St Stephen Walbrook

15 June to 27 July 2015

Reflecting the recent Guildhall Art Gallery re-hang, the Choral Scholars of St Martin-in-the-Fields and Revd Jonathan Evens present a service series of musical discovery exploring themes of beauty, faith, home, imagination, leisure, love and work.

Each Monday at 1.10pm a new theme will be explored through music:

  • 15 June – Faith
  • 22 June – Home
  • 29 June – Love
  • 6 July – Work
  • 13 July – Imagination
  • 20 July – Leisure
  • 27th July – Beauty 

All events will be held at St Stephen Walbrook, 39 Walbrook, London EC4N 8BN. For more information about the church, visit the St Stephen Walbrook website.

As part of the service series, a guided tour of the Guildhall Art Gallery rehang will take place on 21 July at 1.10pm. Meet in the main entrance of Guildhall Art Gallery.

Community Fair

Saturday 13 June, 12 noon-4.30pm

City of London Community Fair 2015

The popular Community Fair returns to the Guildhall Yard - and Guildhall Art Gallery. Join us for:

- A calligraphy workshop for all ages - especially linked to Magna Carta in its 800th anniversary year
- A medieval dress-up photobooth
- Archaeological object handling

Gladiator Games

Afternoon shows on 8, 9, 15 and 16 Aug at 12noon-1pm and 3-4pm

Evening shows on 10 and 14 Aug at 7-8pm

Swords, shields, spears and cheers – see battle commence on the site of London’s only Roman amphitheatre in this summer holiday spectacular!

In an epic clash of titans, you’ll be transported back to Roman London with an amazing display of strength and skill as real-life gladiators take to the stage and fight to win the ultimate glory. Pick your side and decide which fighter walks free: will it be the crowd’s choice or the emperor’s? Be sure to bring your best cheering voice!

You can also stroll through the streets of Londinium with pre-show entertainment to amuse all the family in the Guildhall Yard from an hour before each show and see the original amphitheatre located just under your feet.

Please note this event aims to present a realistic portrayal of combat and as such contains scenes of simulated violence and bloodshed and as such may not be suitable for very young children.  

Book tickets via the Museum of London website.


No Colour Bar: upcoming events

Check out our range of events as part of our upcoming exhibition 'No Colour Bar' - with more events to be announced, including workshops on multimedia archiving and family events. For more information and to book, visit the No Colour Bar website.

Framing Black Visual Arts
Monday 13 July, 6.30pm
At Guildhall Art Gallery
Join Eddie Chambers, the celebrated artist, art historian and author in conversation with artist and writer Errol Lloyd. They will be joined by a panel of contemporary artists to discuss the impact made by notable Black Artists in the late 20th century. Chaired by Sonya Dyer.
Admission: Free

Canvas and Sand
Saturday 12 September, 2pm
At BFI Southbank
African Odyssey presents the screening of two art films in partnership with No Colour Bar: 'Mark of the Hand' by Imruh Bakari Caesar uncovers the life and works of Aubrey Williams, a founding member of the Caribbean Artists Movement; and 'Walking Drawings' by Evewright turns landscape into a canvas. This film captures this work of living art as people ride on and walk the drawings’ lines, writing their stories into the earth.
Admission: £6.50
Book via the BFI website.

Friday Late: Cultural Revolutions
Friday 25 September, 6-9pm
At Guildhall Art Gallery
Immerse yourself in the Black music, theatre, poetry and visual art of the 70s and 80s at our Friday Late, complete with pop up bar and music from DJ Hughie. Come dressed in your best 70s or 80s wear!
Admission: £10
Mountain High: Archive Deep, 10th Annual Huntley Conference
Saturday 10 October, 10.30am
At Guildhall Art Gallery
Curated by Next Generation Youth and with keynote speech from artist Sonia Boyce, the 10th Annual Huntley Conference will feature exhibition tours, music, storytelling, book launches and much more.
Admission: £10

Black Artists Forum
Saturday 28 November, 12pm
At Guildhall Art Gallery 
Open discussion led by Nigel Allyson Ryan, FRSA.
Admission: £5

An evening of Pre-Raphaelite music premieres

Friday 16 October, 6-7.30pm

We're opening our doors after-hours for an evening of art and music. Enjoy newly-discovered works by Sir Arnold Bax, Alice Millais & Charles Stuart Wortley performed by composer, broadcaster and pianist David Owen Norris and soprano Amanda Pitt - all against the backdrop of the City of London’s inspiring collection of Victorian paintings. The evening features:

  • Three world premieres of works by Bax: 'The Garden by the Sea' to words by William Morris; and two recitations, 'The Twa Corbies' and 'The Blessed Damozel', setting Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s great poem.
  • Premieres of two songs by Alice Millais: 'Somewhere or Other', to words by Christina Rossetti, and 'Ah! Si vous saviez' setting a poem by Sully Prudhomme. Alice, daughter of the painter John Everett Millais, was the muse of Sir Edward Elgar, his ‘Windflower’. Her accomplishments as a pianist are well-known – Elgar sketched a Piano Concerto for her – but her musical composition will come as a surprise to most Elgarians.
  • Two songs by Alice’s political husband, Charles Stuart Wortley M.P., 'Why does azure?' and 'The Gipsy’s Dirge'. They bear signs of Alice’s assistance in harmonisation, and may be the fragrant traces of their courtship. None of their songs are likely ever to have been performed beyond the confines of a Victorian drawing-room.
  • Elgar’s rarely-heard setting of Thomas Ingoldsby’s 'As I laye a-thynkynge', a ballad that perfectly mirrors the outlook of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

Tickets: £20 (£18 to Friends of Guildhall Art Gallery), which includes a glass of wine and private view. Seating
is limited, so early booking is advised.
Private view 6pm; recital 6.30–7.30pm
Book tickets via Eventbrite or call 020 7332 3700.

20 July 2012
Last Modified:
02 June 2015