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Christmas in Cheapside, Bow Lane

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

For something a little different this festive season, why not head to Cheapside to see the Christmas tree installed on the balcony of Mansion House?

‘An Alternative Story of a Christmas Tree’ is a piece of art by artist and researcher Áinne Burke, commissioned by the Cleansing Team at the City of London Corporation and the Cheapside Business Alliance.

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The festive tree is made of waste materials, collected by the city sweepers and other waste management organisations and companies. The installation aims to remind viewers of the precious resources used in manufacturing and packaging for all the products consumers buy without perhaps considering where the materials come from, who makes them, how they are transported and where the discarded packaging and products go when we are finished with them.

The message is being sent at Christmas time when more waste than ever is created, in a bid to make people more conscious of their actions, and be more environmentally friendly where possible.

This month in… the Eastern City

If you’re looking for a festive evening in the City, look no further. The Eastern City has some of the most wonderful spots to enjoy a winter stroll or a glass of mulled wine. Head over to historic Leadenhall Market to see its giant Christmas tree, decorations and garlands, and enjoy a drink or a bite to eat at one of its restaurants, bars or pubs. Or why not view London’s Christmas lights from above at Sky Garden? Book in for a sit-down meal or drinks and dancing.

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Leadenhall Market

This month in… Aldgate

It’s all happening in Aldgate this December! From festive feels at the Petticoat Lane Dining Quarter to magical lanterns across the area for the Aldgate in Winter Festival, this part of the City truly is a winter wonderland.

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Petticoat Lane Dining Quarter

Find a festive street forest and other Christmas decorations in the Petticoat Lane Dining Quarter (south of Middlesex Street, E1), where you can sample a wide range of independent restaurants and bars providing delicious food from all over the world. And from December 6-17, follow the Aldgate in Winter exhibition trail to spot beautiful lantern installations illuminating windows across the area in a vibrant community-created display. Visit for details.

This month in… Fleet Street Quarter 

Wondering where to hold your Christmas drinks? There are plenty of great spots in the Fleet Street Quarter.

Fleets: located in the shadow of St. Paul’s, Fleets offers a wide selection of craft beers, wines and some of London’s best cocktails. Plus, if you’re hungry, their dining menu will not disappoint!

Sabine Rooftop Bar: with panoramic views of London, this garden bar is an oasis in the City, offering calm away from the hustle and bustle. They offer spectacular cocktails on both an outside terrace and in their conservatory.

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