The City of London Corporation, in partnership with the Cheapside Business Alliance and the Fleet Street Quarter partnership, will once again be hosting free ‘Lunchtime Streets’ events as workers and visitors continue to be welcomed back to the Square Mile following the recent easing of most coronavirus restrictions.
The initiative, initially held in 2019, will see streets transformed into spaces for activities and live music to celebrate the reopening of businesses and hospitality premises.
Chair of the City Corporation’s Planning and Transportation Committee, Alastair Moss, said: “As the UK’s leading financial district, the City will continue to be a magnet for residents, workers and visitors as we recover from the coronavirus pandemic.
“The return of Lunchtime Streets is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the City of London, its businesses and the people who make the Square Mile a diverse and world-leading destination.”
The themed events will be held on Wednesdays (in Cheapside) and Thursdays (in Carter Lane) between 12pm and 2pm throughout August and September.
Chair of the Cheapside Business Alliance, Charlotte Fletcher, said: “Cheapside is ready to welcome people back – from officer workers to City day-trippers, this summer is the perfect time to return.
“Lunchtime Streets will help to showcase Cheapside, supporting our fantastic businesses and re-injecting life into our beloved City streets. I can’t wait to enjoy the entertainment and look forward to welcoming people back to the Square Mile over the coming weeks.”
Chair of the Fleet Street Quarter partnership, Alistair Subba Row, added: “As office workers continue their return to London, and we welcome visitors over the summer, the Fleet Street Quarter partnership is proud to be backing Lunchtime Streets.
“It’s imperative that we provide the warmest welcome possible, reminding visitors how vibrant, culturally diverse and exciting London is. Lunchtime Streets is part of a package of events, public realm enhancements and other projects we are involved in to help this wonderful part of the capital bounce back and be stronger than ever.”