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  1. leadenhall market 20 MAY - 20 JUN - The Victorian City Festival
    During this month-long festival, Leadenhall Market will host Victorian inspired musical performances, theatrical re-enactments, craft workshops, storytelling sessions and historical tours. Find circus performers, magicians, poets and story-tellers in the City’s famous Victorian marketplace. Visit the website for full programme details. When: various times. Free. Leadenhall Market EC3V 1LT
  2. a child at a family day 31 MAY - Roman Engineering Family Day
    Go Roman for the day. Start the day with a visit to London’s Roman Amphitheatre, where gladiators and animals fought for the entertainment of the people of Londinium. Then walk to the Billingsgate Roman House and Baths and discover how the ancient Romans liked to relax. Suitable for families with children aged 7+. When: 11am - 2.30pm. Free but tickets must be booked in advance. Guildhall Art Gallery, Gresham Street EC2V 5AE
  3. children on a tour 31 MAY - 2 JUN - Making Citites
    Be inspired by today’s architects and engineers and scale models of London to complete a series of hands-on challenges related to London’s man-made environment. This three day half-term course is for children who love designing, making and building. Learn about the pioneers who built the city from the Victorian era to the modern day, discover the people behind ground-breaking engineering feats like Tower Bridge and London’s underground sewers. When: daily 10.30am - 3pm. Admission: £15 for course. The City Centre, Basinghall Street EC2V 5AR
  4. angels in a wire frame with St Paul's cathedral in the background 1 - 30 JUN - London Festival of Architecture in the City
    The City is playing host to a number of London Festival of Architecture installations in 2019: discover a pop-up oasis in a Parklet; take time out on one of five benches along Cheapside designed especially for the festival; and marvel at the angelic new installation, St Paul’s Plinth, opposite St Paul’s underground station. When: outdoor artwork, accessible 24 hours. Free. Various locations across the City
  5. inside st paul's cathedral 4, 15, 26 JUN - St Paul's Cathedral Lunchtime Talks
    Drawing on the Cathedral’s archive, library and object collections, join subject specialists to discover the fantastic feats associated with the life of the Cathedral. Talks will range from the design and construction of the present building, to the maintenance of a 300 year old multi-functional, architectural masterpiece in the present day. When: Tue 4 June, 1pm – 2pm, A High Risk Strategy? The impact of Wren’s revisions to the design of St Paul’s, Dr Gordon Higgott, Architectural Historian Sat 15 June, 11am – 12pm, Belt and Brace: The Great Restoration of the 1920s, Robert Bowles, Structural Engineer Wed 26 June, 1pm – 2pm, Mother Church & Masterpiece: Maintaining St Paul’s Cathedral for the Future, Oliver Caroe, Surveyor to the Fabric, St Paul’s Cathedral. Free but ticketed, book online. St Paul’s Cathedral, St Paul’s Churchyard EC4M 8AD
  6. st lawrence jewry 10 JUN - Re-imagining the Bounds
    Explore the historic boundaries of St Lawrence Jewry and find out about the renewal and refurbishment of the church fabric. Followed by an optional walk tracing the boundaries of St Lawrence Jewry. When: 6pm. Admission: £15 including reception. Available directly from the church - 020 7600 9478. St Lawrence Jewry, Gresham Street EC2V 5AA
  7. inside st stephen walbrook 12 JUN - Bringing the City Together
    Coinciding with Creativity & Wellbeing Week and the London Festival of Architecture, this talk explores issues of art, architecture, design and wellbeing, inspired by St Stephen Walbrook being the home of Christopher Wren’s first classical dome, the unusual altar by Henry Moore and the church’s history as the birthplace of the Samaritans. When: 6pm - 8.30pm. Free. St Stephen Walbrook, 39 Walbrook EC4N 8BN
  8. sir john gresham 13 JUN - Sir Thomas Gresham 1519 - 2019, Special Lecture by Dr John Guy
    Sir Thomas Gresham was a fascinating figure: a successful Elizabethan financier who built the Royal Exchange, was he also a gun-runner and spy? Drawing on his new biography of Gresham, John Guy commemorates the 500th anniversary of the birth of the man who left some of his vast fortune to found Gresham College, providing the ‘new learning’ of the Elizabethan era to the public, for free. When: 6pm - 7pm. Free booking recommended. Guildhall Old Library, Basinghall Street EC2V 7HH
  9. a person on a wall 13 - 14 JUN - bodies in urban spaces
    Follow a group of colourfully dressed dancers, performers and free runners as they travel through the streets from Liverpool Street to the Barbican, creating a moving chain of temporary physical interventions. Find them intertwining and stacking their bodies in doorways, arches, alcoves, alley ways and gaps in public buildings along the way. When: 8.30am – 9.30am, 12.30pm - 1.30pm, 5.30pm – 6.30pm. Free. Starting at 1 Principal Place EC2A 2BA
  10. a street in bethnal green 15 JUN - The Journeymen Weavers' Story
    Journeymen were jobbing weavers who lived in north Spitalfields. Their few remaining houses have great significance because they were the first live/work buildings and the first to be designed for a specific trade. Hosted by author Julian Woodford, the walk will visit some of these buildings as well as the haunts of Joseph Merceron, the infamous ‘Godfather’ of Regency London and subject of Julian’s book The Boss of Bethnal Green, bringing the area’s turbulent history to life. When: 2pm. Admission: £15. Meet outside Shoreditch High Street Station, Braithwaite Street E1 6GJ
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