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CITYMATTERS.LONDON 14

CITYMATTERS.LONDON 14 July - 17 August 2021 | Page 11 ARTS & CULTURE SPONSORED DESTINATION CITY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CHEAPSIDE BUSINESS ALLIANCE, ALDGATE CONNECT BID, EC PARTNERSHIP & FLEET STREET QUARTER UAL Wimbledon Arts College students are taking over City shop fronts with their work. Photo by Mickey Lee. commercial district where second-hand clothes and bric-à-brac were sold and exchanged, known as ‘Peticote Lane’. The market was unpopular with the authorities as it was largely unregulated - the name Petticoat Lane came from not only the sale of petticoats but from the fable that “they would steal your petticoat at one end of the market and sell it back to you at the other”. Today’s market is busy and vibrant, reflecting its immigrant history and continuing popularity with locals and tourists. Keep your eyes peeled for streets named after the goods that were once sold there. If you make it down to Wentworth street, the market carries on east. Then there’s the one and only Old Spitalfields Market. In 1638 King Charles I gave a licence for flesh, fowl and roots to be sold on Spittle Fields, which was then a rural area on the eastern outskirts of London. Old Spitalfields Market currently hosts a vintage market each Thursday, a vinyl fair some Fridays and a general arts and craft market throughout the week and into the weekend. For your chance to win a £50 City Gift Card, tag @aldgatebid in your snaps of the markets and stall holders on Instagram. THERE are so many things happening around the City of London this summer, as more and more workers return to the office. Explore the streets in Cheapside and Aldgate as well as the Eastern City and areas around Fleet Street. The Square Mile has finally awoken. Now hurry up and take part in all the excitement! This month in Aldgate LATE-NIGHT FESTIVAL / Nocturnal Creatures Whitechapel Gallery and Sculpture in the City have teamed up to bring a huge lineup of events to this year’s Nocturnal Creatures, taking place this Saturday 17 July. For one night only, Whitechapel Gallery and nearby spaces in East London will be transformed by installations, films, live performances, music, and food experiences. It’s free, but be sure to book tickets ahead of time. •17 July, free whitechapelgallery.org/events/ nocturnal-creatures-2021 This month in Fleet Street Quarter REOPENING / Dr Johnson’s House A charming 300-year-old townhouse packed full of history, Dr Johnson’s House reopened to visitors earlier this month. Travel back to the eighteenth century while learning about Samuel Johnson, the writer and wit who lived and worked at 17 Gough Square while compiling his Dictionary of the English Language in the Garret. •drjohnsonshouse.org This month in Cheapside and the EC Partnership ART INSTALLATIONS / Graduate Showcase Businesses in the Square Mile have partnered with UAL Wimbledon Arts College to host the renowned arts school’s Graduate Showcase. Graduating students’ works have taken over several empty retail units across the City of London. Spot costumes and set designs inspired by Super Mario, Narnia and Killing Eve at units from One New Change (pictured above) to Paternoster Square and Leadenhall Market. •ecpartnership.co.uk This summer across the Square Mile A NEW APP FOR THE CITY OF LONDON Keep your eyes peeled for the release of an exciting new app for the City this summer. In partnership with the City of London, the City BIDs and Partnerships are developing a brand new app for the Square Mile, chockfull of exclusive discounts, fascinating itineraries and useful business information. The app will help visitors and workers get the most out of the City, showcasing its vibrant and varied offering but also revealing hidden gems and new experiences. Download the app when it is released later this summer and you’ll be able to explore the City beyond the 9-5, with the Square Mile’s cultural, heritage and leisure offer at your fingertips. Be the first to find out when the app goes live by following @ecpartnership, @cheapsideba, @aldgatebid and @fleetstquarter on Twitter or Instagram. LONDON LANDMARKS HALF MARATHON RETURNS TO THE CITY FOR 2021! The London Landmarks Half Marathon brings together runners, spectators, charities, and community groups from across the UK for an incredible one-of-a-kind event. The event is organised by baby charity, Tommy’s, to help raise funds for the work that they do and for many other good causes. Over £15 million has been raised to date for the charity sector since the event began in 2018. This year’s race will take place on Sunday 1 August 2021 with 14,500 runners, and will be a time to celebrate and reflect on the landmark moments of 2020 and 2021. As well as passing key landmarks like St Paul’s Cathedral, The Gherkin and The Royal Courts of Justice, the route will shine a light on the grand, quirky and hidden moments of the last year, with this year’s theme focusing on key workers, lockdown life and unseen acts of kindness. This year’s route will feature a Memory Mile along Cheapside, to honour those that passed away during the pandemic. Businesses along the Mile will display yellow hearts, rainbows and messages of hope and remembrance in their windows to show their support. The day will also give runners and spectators an opportunity to celebrate the grand, heroic and incredible actions and services delivered by our nation’s key workers – with a Clap for Carers Bridge, Hero Highway, and Rainbow Street Party. •llhm.co.uk SUNDAY WANDERING IN THE EAST OF THE CITY Looking for an activity full of history, culture, vintage and vinyls? Then check out either of these two ancient markets in the City. First off, there’s Petticoat Lane. By 1650, Aldgate’s Middlesex Street had become a Nocturnal Creatures is going to be epic this year. The London Landmarks Half Marathon

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