Details for the annual City of London Festival have been published and while the majority of the events are art based, there are some which either appeal to me or might be worth flagging as above average in interest.

My personal pick of the lot are:

 

Sat 26th June & 3rd July – Open day at the Bank of England. Free guided tours of the building and museum. An ideal chance to avoid the worst of the long queues that snake around the building on London Open House Weekend. (Free, just turn up)

Sat 26th June – Walk – Where the Wild Things Are. A guided walk around the City looking at the City’s Hidden Wildlife. (£10 – booking needed)

Sun 27th June – Walk – The Tidal Thames, a Wildlife Thoroughfare. A guided walk along the riverside looking at nature reserves. (£10 – booking needed)

Wed 30th June – Deutsche Bank Art Tour. Rare guided tour around the collection of contemporary art, housed within the offices of Deutsche Bank, featuring works by Anish Kapoor, Francis Bacon and Damien Hirst. (£10 – booking needed)

Sat/Sun 3rd-4th July – Walk – The Restoration. Guided walk around the City focusing on buildings associated with the Restoration of the Monarchy and the Diarist Samuel Pepys. (£10 – booking needed)

Tues 6th July – Truth is the Light. A talk about the importance of beeswax in the history of the City. (Free)

Sat 10th July – Walk – The Friends of the City Churches. A guided walk around 20 City churches by the society, who don’t normally offer public tours. (£7 – booking needed)

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