Back to London: What’s happening around the City

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Lunchtime Concerts on Carter Lane, Fleet Street Quarter

There are so many things happening around the City of London this month, as more and more workers return to the office.

Explore the streets in Cheapside and Aldgate as well as the Eastern City and areas around Fleet Street. The Square Mile has finally awoken. Now hurry up and take part in all the excitement!

This month in Aldgate…

FREE CONCERTS / Music in the Square
Back in the office and looking for lunchtime entertainment? Take a stroll over to Aldgate on Tuesdays and Thursdays for Music in the Square, a series of lunchtime concerts bringing everything from laid-back jazz to classical music to bustling Aldgate Square. 

Hear from talented musicians like The Alvar Tree Frogs, The Equinox Ensemble, Iago Banet, Fiona Sweeney Flute Group, The Dionysus Ensemble and many more. Head to the Aldgate Connect BID website for the full schedule.
Until 30 September, free
Aldgate Square EC3N 1AF

This month in Fleet Street Quarter and Cheapside…

WEEKLY MARKET / Lunchtime Streets
Enjoy a warm welcome back to the City, with lunchtime fun in Cheapside and Carter Lane. The Cheapside Business Alliance and the Fleet Street Quarter, in partnership with The City of London Corporation, are once again hosting free ‘Lunchtime Streets’ events as workers and visitors return to the Square Mile. 

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Check out Lunchtime Streets on Carter Lane, Fleet Street Quarter

Enjoy live music, walking tours and lots more! Lunchtime Streets events will be held weekly on Wednesdays in Cheapside and Thursdays in Carter Lane, from 12pm-2pm, throughout September.
Wednesdays (in Cheapside) and Thursdays (in Carter Lane), 12pm – 2pm

This month in the Eastern City

NEW OPENING / Pan Pacific London
Enjoy after work drinks, a bite to eat or even a mid-week retreat at the new Pan Pacific London. Opening earlier this month, the hotel offers a luxurious and peaceful haven in Bishopsgate Plaza, right in the heart of the City. 

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The new Pan Pacific London Hotel

A particular highlight is Straits Kitchen, which offers authentic Singaporean-style dining located at the top of the lobby’s spiral staircase. Book now for breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks or a night away.
80 Houndsditch EC3A 7AB

What’s happening across the Square Mile

Together with BIDs from across London, the City BIDs and Partnerships are launching The Commuter Club – an exclusive selection of podcasts, playlists and stories, curated especially for Londoners heading into the City and beyond.  

The Commuter Club will transport you from your train carriage to a rooftop bar in the City; from your seat on the bus to tranquil garden squares; from the Northern Line to the kitchen of a Michelin-star restaurant.

Whether you’re popping into the office for the day, or taking a walk before working from home, there’s plenty to keep you entertained. 

Meet the fascinating characters that make London tick, enjoy five minutes of mindfulness with Commuter Calm, or just pick up some tips for after work drinks!

Each week, the Commuter Club will be exploring a different corner of London through music, interviews and articles. Tune in to hear about the history of the Bow Bells, get behind-the-scenes access to the Whitechapel Gallery and learn the secrets of The Ned.

Be the first to read and listen to stories from the streets of London, and access exclusive offers, by heading to the website.

Hundreds of businesses have had their say on the future of the Fleet Street Quarter and the Eastern City, through Perception Analysis surveys carried out by the EC Partnership and Fleet Street Quarter partnership. 

The surveys were conducted in order to determine how each area should grow and change over the next few years, and to give the partnerships a further insight into the needs of local businesses. 

Both the EC Partnership and the Fleet Street Quarter are planning to become Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) in the next year. Local businesses pay a special levy to their own respective BID, which lobbies for their interests and funds projects within the district’s boundaries. 

The BIDs make policy and create plans for the future of the City based on the information gathered through the Perception Analysis surveys, ensuring that the views of local businesses are able to directly shape their own district.

Each of the Perception Analysis surveys carried out over the summer achieved a high return rate – engagement from local businesses was strong, with the results revealing an interesting range of priorities across both areas. 

By hearing a range of views from businesses, both the EC Partnership and the Fleet Street Quarter have been able to shape their BID Proposals, documents that set out how a BID in each area would meet the needs of the business community ahead of the formal ballot to become business improvement districts. 

The BID Proposals for each area will launch in October – watch this space for updates! To learn more about the partnerships, head to their websites.

Feature image: Enjoy free music in Cheapside as part of Lunchtime Streets

In partnership with the Cheapside Business Alliance, Aldgate Connect BID, EC Partnership & Fleet Street Quarter.