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. Now hurry up and take part in all the excitement.
This month in… Cheapside
SHOPPING / THE ROYAL EXCHANGE
Update your winter wardrobe and get a head start on your festive shopping in Cheapside. Head to The Royal Exchange, one of London’s grandest and most iconic buildings for luxury shopping and all-day dining. To celebrate 450 years of trading, a selection of The Royal Exchange’s resident luxury brands – Aspinal of London, Boodles, Fortnum & Mason, Georg Jensen, Ladurée, Montblanc, Ron Dorff, Smythson, Tateossian and Tom Davies Bespoke Opticians – have created Exclusive Edition products, many designed especially for the anniversary and all available exclusively from their boutiques.
Or why not head to One New Change? The City shopping centre boasts 60 stores, several restaurants and a public roof terrace with views of St Paul’s Cathedral. It’s also home to a brand-new Zara store, which features the latest Zara Woman and Man collections over two floors. If you’re short on time, just purchase your items via the Zara app and collect them in store half an hour later.
This month in… Aldgate
AERTS & CLIMBING / ALDGATE HOUSE
Looking for something a little different in the City? Just a stone’s throw away from Aldgate Underground Station, Aldgate House is playing host to a pop-up gallery and the City’s first climbing wall.
Check out Well, Well, Well an exhibition from nomadic gallerists and Aldgate locals Leyden Gallery which sees 12 artists exploring the theme of wellness in unique ways. The ongoing exhibition runs until March 2022 and will showcase many more artists and events. Find out more at leydengallery.com.
If you want to get active on your lunch break or after work, head down to the brand-new City Bouldering in Aldgate House’s basement. Boasting 100 boulder problems, a kilter board, dedicated training area, integrated café, break-out spaces, locker and shower facilities and their own shop, City Bouldering is fully prepped to keep you fuelled, equipped and in the mood to climb. Book your session at citybouldering.co.uk.
This month in… the Eastern City and the Fleet Street Quarter
BUSINESS / BID PROPOSALS
This month sees the formal launch of the BID Proposals for the Eastern City and the Fleet Street Quarter, which set out how a BID in each area would meet the needs of the business community ahead of the formal ballots to become business improvement districts.
Both the EC Partnership and the Fleet Street Quarter are planning to become business improvement districts 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 EC Partnership and the Fleet Street Quarter have created their BID Proposals after hearing a range of views from local businesses in each footprint.
Each of the BID proposals contain exciting plans for the future of the City, shaped by input from the business community. Both the EC Partnership and the Fleet Street Quarter will be balloting on these proposals in early 2022.
INTRODUCING IN THE CITY – AN APP FOR THE CITY OF LONDON
Looking for exclusive offers, itineraries and events in the City? In the City is a brand-new app launching this month, brought to you by the City BIDs and Partnerships with support from the City of London Corporation.
Whether you’re visiting or working in the City of London, you’re bound to find something to make you smile. Discover hidden gems, independent businesses and exciting events taking place across the Square Mile and beyond. In the City helps visitors and workers get the most out of the City, showcasing its vibrant and varied offering.
Download the app when it is released later this month and you’ll be able to explore the City beyond the 9-5, with the Square Mile’s cultural, heritage and leisure offer at your fingertips.
Be the first to find out when the app goes live by following @ecpartnership, @cheapsideba, @aldgateconnect and @fleetstquarter on Twitter or Instagram.
DISCOVER ALDGATE AND CHEAPSIDE WITH THE COMMUTER CLUB
Have you joined the Commuter Club yet? Together with BIDs from across London, the City BIDs and Partnerships have launched an exclusive selection of podcasts, playlists and stories, curated especially for Londoners heading into the City and beyond. Check out the Aldgate podcast to get behind the scenes at the Whitechapel Gallery; enjoy tapas in the bustling Petticoat Lane Dining Quarter; and catch up with fascinating Londoners. And if you need help changing gears from home to work, enjoy a few minutes of Commuter Calm with Paul McKenna.
Meanwhile on the Cheapside podcast, meet Reverend George Bush of St Mary-le-Bow to find out whether you’re a cockney or not – then, head to Mansion House to learn about the history of the City of London with Lord Mayor William Russell.
Read and listen to stories from the streets of London for free by heading to commuterclub.london.