The City of London has outlined the details for a weekend of heritage based events around the Square Mile that is looking like a rather good mini Open House Weekend.
Technically, it’s a four day event — running from the 21st-24th June — but the bulk of the goodies are over the weekend.
Over the weekend, several churches are open for tours or a general look around.
On the Saturday, Dr Johnson’s House will be open for free – although its open all the time for a fee anyway. In addition, the recently restored Bishopsgate Institute will be open for a look around and talks.
There are a host of other talks taking place at the Guildhall Library – all seemingly themed around London history.
The Bank of England will also have it’s mid-year opening, which is a much better time to visit that during Open House Weekend, when the queues can be daunting.
There is also a Cheapside Street Fayre (or fair) taking place on the Saturday which sounds like it could be a recreation of the excellent Fair they had a couple of years ago which was manned by the livery companies and promoted their crafts.
On Sunday, there are tours of Mansion House – which is also open for tours on Tuesday lunchtimes, although understandably, that is not convenient for most people.
The whole thing kicks on the Thursday evening with a rendition of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture in Guildhall yard.
I think that’s a weekend for me to block book as “busy” – full listings here.