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English Tourism Week - 14 to 22 March

​Enjoy all your City has to offer for FREE!

English Tourism Week is an annual festival that showcases the best of what the UK has to offer – all for free – and, this year, it takes on the delicious theme of food and drink. This is your opportunity to see, hear, and sample something very different from 14 to 22 March.

To celebrate English Tourism Week, we have planned a programme of free activities for you to discover the City’s rich heritage and culture. See our list of free events including walks, talks, and tours below!

Guildhall Chronicles

The City loves food and drink, and we’ve gathered together a great collection of speakers to show you the breadth and depth of that love. Taking place in Guildhall Library, situated in the City’s heart, there is a range of topics to pique all interests and tastes in 30 minute lunchtime bites.

Attendance is free however booking is required:

Talks take place at 1pm each day in Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury, EC2V 7HH.

Mrs Beeton Exhibition

150 years after her death, Mrs Beeton is still one of the most important figures in food history. From her beginnings in the City to the publication of her Book of Household Management, the new exhibition at Guildhall Library examines her impact on the world of 19th-century celebrity cooks, and her influence in the cooking world to this day.

The Mrs Beeton exhibition is on at Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury, EC2V 7HH – check their opening hours to plan your visit.

City Lunchtime Walks

Food and drink lies at the heart of a happy City and the City of London is no different: join a City of London Guide on a tour of some of the food and drink hotspots of the City, including the Royal Exchange, Leadenhall Market, St Michael's Alley, the Jamaica Wine House and more, and delve below the surface of the delish options on offer in the City.

Attendance is free however booking is required:

The walks will start from the Royal Exchange western entrance and finish at Leadenhall Market.

Guildhall Tours

The Gothic Guildhall, built around 1411, is an impressive backdrop for the many glittering banquets in honour of visiting Heads of State and other dignitaries, royal occasions, and receptions for historical anniversaries. Join a City of London Guide on a tour of the building to hear about its role as a centre of food and drink. 

Attendance is free however booking is required:

Tours will begin from the West Wing Reception, Aldermanbury EC2V 7HH

City Viking walk

Danish and Norwegian Vikings raided the City of London and fought each other to gain power in the years 1013-1014, leaving an indelible mark on the history and character of the City. Take this chance to explore that history up close with a City of London Guide.

Attendance is free however booking is required:

Walks will leave from the City Information Centre.

St Bartholomew’s Hospital Museum late open

As a special one-off event for English Tourism Week, St Bartholomew’s Hospital Museum will be open late on Thursday 19 March to give you the chance to see history up close. Bart’s is one of the oldest hospitals in the world and the Museum tells its nearly 900 year history through historic surgical instruments, sculpture, medieval archives, and unique works of art, including spectacular paintings by William Hogarth. The Museum will be open until 6.30pm.

More information on the Museum can be found on their website.

Food Markets

Get the most out of English Tourism Week with a stop at One New Change. Nestled in the shadow of St Paul's Cathedral, One New Change's weekly food markets offer fresh, artisan food products, giving you something new and exciting to look forward to. Pick up fresh produce such as Argentinian empanadas, Spanish meats, handmade chocolates, seasonal preserves, gourmet treats and more.

The markets run weekly on Friday and Saturday 11am-3pm and are free and open to all; food and drink can be purchased at individual stalls. See the One New Change website for further details.

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