The City calendar is always full to bursting with things to see, do and experience each week. From festivals and food to concerts and community fundraisers, these are the top events in the City of London for 24 – 30 May 2017. WALKS / Roman...

The City calendar is always full to bursting with things to see, do and experience each week. From festivals and food to concerts and community fundraisers, these are the top events in the City of London for 24 – 30 May 2017.

WALKS / Roman Fort Gate Tours

It is no secret that the City of London is steeped in history. Nearly every corner of the Square Mile has its own story to tell, but some of the most mysterious tales are only accessible to those willing to dig a little deeper. The Museum of London is catering for such adventurers with a guided tour of the remains of the western gate of London’s Roman military fort, located beneath the City’s streets. Expect to be regaled with the history of the Empire and how it came to shape the Capital we now call home.

From 26 May, 2pm, tickets £5 from museumoflondon.org.uk, advanced booking is required.
Museum of London, 150 London Wall


Diaries, for those who have the organisational skills to keep one, plot much of an individual’s life. So it is no surprise that the impact of diaries and their presentation of how we work, live, love and occupy our time are the subject of a new exhibition at Somerset House.

Bringing together manuscript and online diaries from pre-modern almanacs to the latest trend of lifelogging, Dear Diary toasts the many ways in which the notebooks capture the human experience.

Wednesdays-Sundays From 26 May, 11am-5.30pm, free
Somerset House, Strand WC2R 1LA

EXHIBITION / My Granddad’s Car

Few things in life stimulate modern men like the roar of a car’s engine, and this art project by Sayed Hasan and Karl Ohiri is the culmination of a shared love of motors. Exploring notions of migration and heritage through their relationships with two cars inherited from their respective late grandfathers in Pakistan and Nigeria, this exhibition reveals their story through photographs, films and personal artefacts.

But the journey to the Southbank was not without its speed bumps. Bureaucracy hampered them in getting the vehicles across numerous borders, but in the end the setback only served to further enhance the pair’s final display.

Until 29 May, 10am, free
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road

WORKSHOP / Make Your Own Music Hall GIF/Stop Animation

Wilton’s Wicked Wednesdays are a hot ticket on the City fringe, and they are back once again next week to round-off May with an afternoon of fun for creative hands. This technology-based arts and crafts workshop will give visitors the chance to piece together their own music hall character. Inspiration can come from any of the greats who have made the stage their own down the years. Tech-savvy staff will then be on hand to help bring the newest superstars to life, using stop animation to create a GIF. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times if attending the workshop, which is suitable for those over the age of six.

31 May, 11am-3pm, free drop-in
Wilton’s Music Hall, Graces Alley E1 8JB

GIG / Manana//Cuba: A Night of Afro-Cuban Collaborations

One year on from the groundbreaking Manana//Cuba Festival in Santiago de Cuba – a project that brought together pioneering electronic artists with traditional Afro-Cuban musicians – four of the most inspiring collaborations come to the UK for the first time.

26 May, 7.30pm, tickets £17.50-£22.50 from barbican.org.uk
Barbican Centre, Silk Street EC2Y 8DS

FESTIVAL / Africa at Spitalfields

Pop Up Africa returns to Spitalfields this coming Bank Holiday to host the much-loved Africa at Spitalfields event, bringing with it a colourful tapestry of goods, flavours and sounds. The annual party provides City residents the chance to experience the full wealth of African culture, which will be parking up right on their doorstep on Monday. The one-day takeover will put the spotlight on produce and cuisine from all corners of the continent, with the ever-enthusiastic stallholders selling everything from art, literature, clothing, handcrafted dolls, instruments and interior décor. Expect plenty of live music and performances to help pack the bustling bill.

29 May, 10am-5pm, free
Spitalfields Market, 16 Horner Square E1 6EW

FESTIVAL / Free From Festival

Also vying for the Spitalfields spotlight on Monday will be the Free From Festival, which will host a spring/summer edition of its popular Food Fair at the iconic market next week. Visitors will get the chance to join the talented ‘free from’ kitchens/chefs who will be preparing gluten, dairy and/or refined sugar free food. Kitchens include Leggero, the popular 100% gluten-free Soho restaurant serving delicious Italian dishes; NOJO, making tasty sweet and savoury guilt-free crepes; and Toshka, dishing up delicious country dishes with a City twist.

29 May, 10.30am-7.30pm, free
Spitalfields Market, 16 Horner Square E1 6EW

EXHIBITION / The Great Parchment Book of the Honourable Irish Society

Known as the Domesday Book of the Ulster Plantation, The Great Parchment Book was compiled in 1639 by the Irish Society. It documents the period immediately following James I’s deliberate settlement of English and Scottish Protestants in Ulster. Stored at Guildhall, it was totally damaged during a fire in 1786 but, following cutting edge conservation, it is on rare display.

Ongoing, Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday midday-4pm free
City of London Heritage Gallery, Guildhall Yard EC2V 5AE

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