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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 7 – 14 December, 2016. TALK / Tough Choices: Heritage or Housing? There is a...

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 7 – 14 December, 2016.

TALK / Tough Choices: Heritage or Housing?

There is a general consensus that this country is in desperate need of more housing. The one thing we can’t agree on in historic towns and villages is where and how. The housebuilders are branded vandals, while their opponents are NIMBYS (not in my back yarders). Leading architectural historian Professor Simon Thurley will explore some of the ways in which housebuilding and heritage can be reconciled and what local authorities can do about it.
7 December, 6pm-7pm Museum of London, 150 London Wall  EC2Y 5HN 

WALK / Roman London

Join the Museum of London tour guides on a journey around the Roman city of Londinium and discover what remains of this ancient civilisation. Visit the Roman Wall, the site of the amphitheatre and walk through the eastern side of the Capital to the site of Roman London’s grandest monument, the forum and basilica.
8 December, 2pm Museum of London, 150 London Wall EC2Y 5HN

FESTIVAL / Truman’s Festive Fun

The Old Truman Brewery will play host to live music, local food and festive cheer as local mental health charity Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest Councils bring the neighbourhood community together to raise money for the elderly this Christmas. Kick things off with a glass of mulled wine and a few carols in the forecourt from 5.30pm, followed by plenty of food, Christmas markets, raffle items and a silent auction, with all proceeds going to City and Hackney Mind.
8 December, 5pm-9pm Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane E1 6QL

ART / Christmas Card Day

This year’s e-cards just not cutting it? The Mouth and Foot Painting Artists will be out in force on Christmas Card Day to showcase their spectacular talents in a live, pop up studio. This worldwide partnership of disabled artists, run by the artists themselves, creates original artworks painted either with the mouth or foot, due to not having the use of their hands. They will celebrate the day the first Christmas card was sent by civil servant Sir Henry Cole in 1843 with live painting over the lunchtime period plus an exhibition of their works that you can share with your loved ones.
9 December, midday-3pm Spitalfields Market, Brushfield Street E1 6AA 

WORKSHOP / King Lear’s Subjects: Kent

As the Royal Shakespeare Company begins to wrap up its London season for the year, take a look at their production of King Lear in more detail through the eyes of the loyal subjects. In this session, actors in the roles in current and past productions discuss the relationship of Kent with the eponymous king.
10 December, 10.30am Barbican Theatre, Silk Street EC2Y 8DS 

MUSIC / City Heart Beats

London-based charity Hearts in Harmony will showcase some of the Capital’s finest musical talents while raising money to fight heart disease with a free music festival at Bishops Square. From solo vocalist Natasha Day and jazz band Arrietty Ensamble to soul rnb group Lyra Band, check out some of the latest and greatest musical artists and chow down on winter warmers from the top food trucks, all while supporting a great cause.
11 December, midday-5pm Bishops Square E1 6FQ 

TALK / Clothes and Biographies

Fancy a sticky beak into other people’s wardrobes? The Museum of London’s senior curator of fashion Beatrice Behlen will unpack the museum’s vast ‘wardrobes’: collections of clothing that belonged to one individual. Find out about the detective work that goes into uncovering the lives of the original wearers and what clothes can tell us about people and societal developments. This special event is limited to Friends of the Museum of London and must be booked in advance.
12 December, 6.30pm Museum of London, 150 London Wall EC2Y 5HN

KIDS / Sponge
Dance company Turned On Its Head makes exciting participatory theatre for early years, taking children on a creative journey, engaging audiences throughout its performances, and encouraging lots of family interaction. Roll, squeeze and pop yourself through Sponge, a new malleable show set to an original 1970s-influenced score, perfect for babies, young children and families.
13 to 21 December, various times The Pit, Barbican Centre, Silk St EC2Y 8DS

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