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THE <strong>City</strong> of London is proposing<br />

moving to emissions-based<br />

charges for its owned car parks<br />

in a bid to reduce traffic and<br />

improve air quality. If approved,<br />

the scheme wi l largely mirror<br />

that used for on-street parking,<br />

and is expected to generate<br />

up to £650,000 in additional<br />

income annua ly.<br />

The Corporation cu rently operates<br />

a flat fee-paying structure<br />

across the five car parks it runs<br />

(Baynard House, London Wa l,<br />

Minories, Tower Hi l and Smithfield),<br />

costing drivers £4.50 an hour,<br />

or between £1.50 and £4.20 at<br />

Smithfield. Under the proposals, this<br />

would increase for a l vehicles other<br />

than electric, hydrogen or hybrid,<br />

with further rises planned for 2025<br />

and 2026.<br />

Several other London local<br />

authorities already tier parking<br />

charges based on emissions, such<br />

as Islington, with Westminster also<br />

due to introduce such a scheme.<br />

The <strong>City</strong> of London’s on-street<br />

charges were amended to be based<br />

on vehicle type in 2018, and was<br />

one of the first of its kind in the<br />

capital.<br />

Under the new proposals focussing<br />

on the Corporation-owned car<br />

parks, the charges wi l differ based<br />

on the fo lowing categories: electric<br />

or hydrogen or hybrid; petrol vehicles<br />

registered from 2005; diesel<br />

vehicles registered from 2015; and<br />

any other vehicle. Drivers of electric,<br />

hydrogen or hybrid vehicles wi l not<br />

see parking charges rise above £4.50<br />

an hour in the period to 2026, while<br />

those with ‘any other vehicle’ wi l<br />

pay increased costs of £7 in 2024,<br />

£7.30 in 2025 and £8.10 in 2026.<br />

The proposals over the three years<br />

however ensure off-street charges<br />

remain lower than on-street.<br />

Overnight concessionary parking<br />

costs at Smithfield, which have long<br />

been in-place for market traders<br />

and customers, are also being<br />

looked at, though wi l continue to<br />

be cheaper than other local car<br />

parks. Proposed season ticket costs<br />

meanwhile would see drivers of<br />

cleaner vehicles sti l paying £2,500<br />

every quarter, while those with the<br />

most po luting cars may be paying<br />

up to £4,200 by 2026.<br />

Officers at the Corporation have<br />

recommended the proposals be<br />

approved by members at Planning<br />

and Transportation Commitee at<br />

their next meeting.<br />

In the report outlining the plans,<br />

it is noted the <strong>City</strong>’s public car parks<br />

must generate ‘sufficient’ income<br />

to meet their costs, with on-street<br />

parking charges cu rently having to<br />

cover a net-loss from the service.<br />

The additional income is expected<br />

to be £200,000 to £500,000 a year<br />

for the Environment department,<br />

which manages Baynard House,<br />

London Wa l, Minories and Tower<br />

Hi l, and £85,000 to £150,000 for<br />

Markets, which is responsible for<br />

Smithfield<br />

A <strong>City</strong> of London Corporation<br />

Spokesperson, said: “The <strong>City</strong><br />

Corporation’s Transportation<br />

Strategy seeks to improve conditions<br />

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Emissions based charges<br />

proposed for <strong>City</strong> of London<br />

SPECULATIVE PLANS WILL IMPROVE THE CITY’S AIR QUALITY<br />

*<br />

*<br />

*<br />

for pedestrians and cyclists, who<br />

make up a significant majority of<br />

journeys through the Square Mile. It<br />

wi l do this by reducing overa levels<br />

of traffic, improving air quality, and<br />

where it can, encourage drivers to<br />

switch to less po luting vehicles.<br />

“The introduction of emissionsbased<br />

car park tariffs, where ‘the<br />

po luter pays,’ aligns us to the<br />

approach that we already take with<br />

our on-street parking charges.”<br />

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THE LONDON<br />

WALK 2024<br />

THE Aldgate Connect,<br />

Cheapside Business Alliance,<br />

Culture Mile, Eastern <strong>City</strong> and<br />

Fleet Street Quarter Business<br />

Improvement Districts (BIDs)<br />

proudly sponsor The London<br />

Walk 2024 in partnership with the London<br />

Homeless Collective<br />

The five <strong>City</strong> BIDs are delighted to<br />

announce their sponsorship of The London<br />

Walk 2024, a powerful initiative developed<br />

by the LHC with the London Homeless<br />

Collective. This night walk through London<br />

will raise funds for local homeless charities<br />

and shed light on the challenges faced<br />

by those experiencing homelessness and<br />

rough sleeping. The London Homeless<br />

Collective was initially inspired and funded<br />

by the Evening Standard and its readers<br />

through the 2019 Christmas Campaign.<br />

Scheduled for March 22nd, 2024, The<br />

London Walk provides participants with<br />

the opportunity to embark on a 10k, half<br />

marathon, or marathon through the heart<br />

of London. Now in its third year the walk<br />

has raised over £170,000 for charities<br />

supporting people experiencing homelessness<br />

and aims to raise a further £100,000<br />

this year.<br />

The sponsorship from the BIDs underscores<br />

their commitment to addressing<br />

homelessness in London and supporting<br />

the essential work carried out by local<br />

charities. By partnering with the London<br />

Homeless Collective, the organisations<br />

are already living their commitment to the<br />

London Charter to end Rough Sleeping<br />

through raising money and awareness.<br />

Recent statistics show that 1 in 58 people<br />

in London are homeless and that services<br />

are under increasing pressure with demand<br />

for services rising against an increase in<br />

their own costs.<br />

Walking through the night is not just a<br />

physical challenge; it is an opportunity for<br />

reflection on the experiences of people<br />

who are homeless. Beyond those forced to<br />

sleep on the streets, the walk symbolizes<br />

the struggles of those who traverse the city<br />

during the night, relying on night buses or<br />

accessing 24-hour retail sites to stay awake<br />

and safe. This is particularly true for young<br />

people, trans individuals, and women, all of<br />

whom are especially vulnerable to violence<br />

and exploitation.<br />

“We are proud to support The London<br />

Walk 2024 and collaborate with the<br />

London Homeless Collective to continue<br />

to address the critical issue of homelessness<br />

in our city. By participating in this<br />

event, we aim to raise not only funds but<br />

also awareness about the challenges faced<br />

by those who experience homelessness,<br />

especially during the night. Together, we<br />

can make a positive impact and contribute<br />

to the well-being of our community,” said<br />

Ruth Duston, CEO and Founder of Primera,<br />

which operates the five <strong>City</strong> of London<br />

BIDs, and has pledged support to the<br />

London Charter to End Rough Sleeping<br />

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MARVELLOUS MASSAGES<br />

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Emissions based charges<br />

proposed for <strong>City</strong> of London<br />

SPECULATIVE PLANS WILL IMPROVE THE CITY’S AIR QUALITY<br />

THE <strong>City</strong> of London is proposing<br />

moving to emissions-based<br />

charges for its owned car parks<br />

in a bid to reduce traffic and<br />

improve air quality. If approved,<br />

the scheme will largely mirror<br />

that used for on-street parking,<br />

and is expected to generate<br />

up to £650,000 in additional<br />

income annually.<br />

The Corporation currently operates<br />

a flat fee-paying structure<br />

across the five car parks it runs<br />

(Baynard House, London Wall,<br />

Minories, Tower Hill and Smithfield),<br />

costing drivers £4.50 an hour,<br />

or between £1.50 and £4.20 at<br />

Smithfield. Under the proposals, this<br />

would increase for all vehicles other<br />

than electric, hydrogen or hybrid,<br />

with further rises planned for 2025<br />

and 2026.<br />

Several other London local<br />

authorities already tier parking<br />

charges based on emissions, such<br />

as Islington, with Westminster also<br />

due to introduce such a scheme.<br />

The <strong>City</strong> of London’s on-street<br />

charges were amended to be based<br />

on vehicle type in 2018, and was<br />

one of the first of its kind in the<br />

capital.<br />

Under the new proposals focussing<br />

on the Corporation-owned car<br />

parks, the charges will differ based<br />

on the following categories: electric<br />

or hydrogen or hybrid; petrol vehicles<br />

registered from 2005; diesel<br />

vehicles registered from 2015; and<br />

any other vehicle. Drivers of electric,<br />

hydrogen or hybrid vehicles will not<br />

see parking charges rise above £4.50<br />

an hour in the period to 2026, while<br />

those with ‘any other vehicle’ will<br />

pay increased costs of £7 in 2024,<br />

£7.30 in 2025 and £8.10 in 2026.<br />

The proposals over the three years<br />

however ensure off-street charges<br />

remain lower than on-street.<br />

Overnight concessionary parking<br />

costs at Smithfield, which have long<br />

been in-place for market traders<br />

and customers, are also being<br />

looked at, though will continue to<br />

be cheaper than other local car<br />

parks. Proposed season ticket costs<br />

meanwhile would see drivers of<br />

cleaner vehicles still paying £2,500<br />

every quarter, while those with the<br />

most polluting cars may be paying<br />

up to £4,200 by 2026.<br />

Officers at the Corporation have<br />

recommended the proposals be<br />

approved by members at Planning<br />

and Transportation Committee at<br />

their next meeting.<br />

In the report outlining the plans,<br />

it is noted the <strong>City</strong>’s public car parks<br />

must generate ‘sufficient’ income<br />

to meet their costs, with on-street<br />

parking charges currently having to<br />

cover a net-loss from the service.<br />

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The additional income is expected<br />

to be £200,000 to £500,000 a year<br />

for the Environment department,<br />

which manages Baynard House,<br />

London Wall, Minories and Tower<br />

Hill, and £85,000 to £150,000 for<br />

Markets, which is responsible for<br />

Smithfield<br />

A <strong>City</strong> of London Corporation<br />

for pedestrians and cyclists, who<br />

make up a significant majority of<br />

journeys through the Square Mile. It<br />

will do this by reducing overall levels<br />

of traffic, improving air quality, and<br />

where it can, encourage drivers to<br />

switch to less polluting vehicles.<br />

“The introduction of emissionsbased<br />

car park tariffs, where ‘the<br />

Spokesperson, said: “The <strong>City</strong> polluter pays,’ aligns us to the<br />

Corporation’s Transportation approach that we already take with<br />

Strategy seeks to improve conditions our on-street parking charges.”<br />

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NEWS<br />

Follow Paris and charge SUVs more to<br />

park, suggests London politician<br />

A LONDON politician has suggested<br />

the <strong>City</strong> of London should follow Paris’s<br />

lead and hike parking charges for SUVs,<br />

to discourage them from being driven<br />

into the Square Mile. Alderwoman<br />

Susan Pearson said the <strong>City</strong> of London<br />

Corporation should look at “doing something<br />

a bit more radical and a bit more<br />

user-friendly”, citing the increasing size<br />

of vehicles and threats to cyclists, writes<br />

Local Democracy Reporter Ben Lynch.<br />

Parisians earlier this year approved a steep<br />

increase to parking rates for cars weighing<br />

1.6 tonnes or more to £16 an hour in the<br />

inner city.<br />

Alderwoman Pearson’s comments came<br />

during a Planning and Transportation<br />

Committee meeting yesterday (March 5)<br />

in which members were discussing introducing<br />

emissions-based charging for the<br />

THE London Fire Brigade (LFB) has been<br />

brought out of special measures by the<br />

fire inspectorate, writes Local Democracy<br />

Reporter Noah Vickers.<br />

The LFB had been under an enhanced<br />

level of monitoring by HM Inspectorate of<br />

Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services<br />

(HMICFRS) since December 2022, after<br />

a damning review by Nazir Afzal found<br />

the capital’s brigade to be “institutionally<br />

misogynist and racist”.<br />

HMICFRS had moved the LFB into the<br />

‘engage’ phase, a category used when there<br />

is a cause of concern, following Mr Afzal’s<br />

independent report. His review had included<br />

accounts ranging from women being<br />

groped, to firefighters having their helmets<br />

filled with urine.<br />

LFB commissioner Andy Roe said the<br />

inspectorate’s decision to move the brigade<br />

out of the ‘engage’ phase “recognises the<br />

significant amount of work that has been<br />

undertaken”, while admitting that there is<br />

“still more to do”.<br />

Among the reasons given by HMICFRS<br />

for no longer keeping the LFB under<br />

enhanced monitoring were: Clear progress<br />

in the brigade’s ongoing plan to improve<br />

its human resources function; Improved<br />

processes to deal with behaviours such<br />

as bullying and discrimination, including<br />

establishing a Professional Standards Unit;<br />

A comprehensive plan in place to improve<br />

vetting of brigade staff; Assurance in the<br />

sustainability of the brigade’s plans to<br />

change its culture<br />

Mr Roe said: “This is important recognition<br />

for so many of our staff that go about their<br />

work professionally every day. I am proud<br />

that our core values are rooted in our incredible<br />

history which shows our staff’s courage<br />

and commitment to London.<br />

“There is still more to do. As commissioner,<br />

I have always been clear that the<br />

work to ensure that we have a safe and<br />

dignified workplace culture can never stop.<br />

I look forward to the Inspectorate, our staff<br />

Corporation’s owned car parks.<br />

Under the plans, the flat fee-paying<br />

structure across the five car parks the<br />

Corporation runs (Baynard House, London<br />

Wall, Minories, Tower Hill and Smithfield)<br />

would be revised based on the vehicle type.<br />

This would also see increases to all drivers<br />

over the next two years, other than those<br />

with electric, hydrogen or hybrid vehicles,<br />

and would largely mirror the scheme<br />

currently in place for on-street parking.<br />

A <strong>City</strong> of London spokesperson previously<br />

told the Local Democracy Reporting<br />

Service (LDRS) this is “to improve conditions<br />

for pedestrians and cyclists, who make up a<br />

significant majority of journeys through the<br />

Square Mile”. Corporation documents also<br />

detail how the move is expected to bring<br />

in £200,000 to £500,000 a year for the<br />

Environment department, which manages<br />

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) brought<br />

out of special measures by the Fire<br />

Inspectorate.<br />

and Londoners continuing to hold us to<br />

account.”<br />

Andy Cooke, chief inspector at HMICFRS,<br />

said: “I am reassured by the plans the LFB has<br />

in place to continue making improvements.<br />

The brigade will be inspected again this<br />

summer, when we will assess its progress to<br />

make sure the people of London are getting<br />

the service they deserve from their fire and<br />

rescue service.”<br />

The LFB’s removal from special measures<br />

was welcomed by Sadiq Khan, who said:<br />

“As mayor, I have supported commissioner<br />

Andy Roe to take urgent action to reform<br />

the brigade’s culture and systems, improve<br />

standards and rebuild the trust and confidence<br />

of Londoners in our fire service.<br />

“This vital work has happened at pace<br />

supported by the record £40m investment<br />

I have made from <strong>City</strong> Hall and has enabled<br />

the LFB to make huge changes to its policies,<br />

procedures and equipment. The commissioner<br />

has taken a zero-tolerance approach<br />

to racism, misogyny and homophobia and<br />

set up a new independent Professional<br />

Standards Unit.”<br />

The Labour mayor added: “Whilst this<br />

progress is encouraging, there is still more<br />

work to do. I will continue to support and<br />

hold the commissioner to account on delivering<br />

a fire service that Londoners can be<br />

proud of – one that is trusted to serve and<br />

protect our city and has a workplace culture<br />

where staff from all backgrounds can thrive<br />

– as we continue building a safer London for<br />

everyone.”<br />

Tory mayoral candidate Susan Hall said: “I<br />

welcome the progress the LFB has made in<br />

rebuilding trust.<br />

“The Afzal Review uncovered some<br />

incredibly serious issues and it is vital that the<br />

fire brigade continues to stamp out unacceptable<br />

behaviour.<br />

“Sadiq Khan ignored these concerns until<br />

they hit the press. I will listen and ensure the<br />

LFB works in the interests of Londoners.”<br />

Baynard House, London Wall, Minories and<br />

Tower Hill, and £85,000 to £150,000 for<br />

Markets, which is responsible for Smithfield.<br />

At yesterday’s meeting, Cllr Luis Felipe<br />

Tilleria asked whether looking at a different<br />

charging structure for Mondays and Fridays<br />

would be appropriate to support businesses<br />

in the Square Mile.<br />

“Considering we have a problem in<br />

the <strong>City</strong> in which the small business are<br />

lacking footfall because more people are<br />

avoiding coming to work in the office on<br />

Mondays, usually, and Fridays, sometimes,<br />

would this be the proper moment to see if<br />

strategically we can also consider having<br />

different pricing for Mondays and Fridays?<br />

For example, to attract more people to<br />

come to the office, just as we are trying to<br />

discourage people from using some sort of<br />

cars, so we can look after our small business<br />

owners as well?”<br />

The Corporation’s officer presenting the<br />

item, Ian Hughes, said the intention is to<br />

ensure there are adequate car parking spaces<br />

for those who need them in the <strong>City</strong>, without<br />

attracting people driving in who otherwise<br />

may not. “We would prefer that they were<br />

travelling in by existing public transport,<br />

which is something that is reflected in the<br />

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the public transport system.”<br />

Alderwoman Pearson put to officers the<br />

need to consider pricing for residents’ fees<br />

and tickets ‘holistically’, ensuring people<br />

living in the <strong>City</strong> are consulted, and that<br />

those who require a parking space can<br />

access one.<br />

She continued to raise the ‘huge charges’<br />

Paris implemented earlier this year for<br />

bringing a large SUV into the city, and while<br />

acknowledging ‘it won’t happen’, asked:<br />

“Could we not think about doing something<br />

similar in the <strong>City</strong> here? Cars are getting<br />

bigger and bigger. As a cyclist, I find that<br />

quite often cars are well over into the road<br />

because they are so wide now, and I just<br />

think that, obviously not this year, but maybe<br />

we could think about doing something a bit<br />

more radical and a bit more user-friendly.”<br />

Mr Hughes said officers are aware of the<br />

growing size of cars in the <strong>City</strong>, and had to<br />

look into increasing the size of parking bays<br />

several years ago. He added consideration<br />

of different vehicle types can be included in<br />

the transport strategy review.<br />

Following questions, members agreed to<br />

move to emissions-based charging for the<br />

Corporation’s car parks.<br />

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BUSINESS FOCUS<br />

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY SERIES:<br />

JILLIAN MACLEAN MBE<br />

THIS year for International<br />

Women’s Day (IWD), we sat<br />

down with Jillian Maclean<br />

MBE on her tips on building a<br />

successful business in the <strong>City</strong>,<br />

what IWD means to her and<br />

the secret to her success.<br />

Jillian was awarded an MBE for services<br />

to the hospitality industry and is a Trustee<br />

for The Drinks Trust - a charity that provides<br />

vocational, well-being and practical<br />

support to those working in the drinks<br />

industry.<br />

You are the founder of the awardwinning<br />

bar and restaurant group,<br />

Drake & Morgan. Talk us through<br />

the journey of having a vision of<br />

owning a restaurant to being CEO<br />

and Founder of the award-winning<br />

bar and restaurant group, Drake<br />

and Morgan?<br />

Hospitality has always been a big influence<br />

in my life and we started Drake & Morgan<br />

in the height of recession in 2008. While<br />

some people said it was a risk, I had a vision<br />

to create accessible female influenced bars<br />

based in and around the <strong>City</strong> of London.<br />

We saw a gap in the market and we took it!<br />

The team and I embarked on several market<br />

research and innovation trips around the<br />

east and west coast of America to get inspiration<br />

for the spaces. I loved what venues<br />

were doing there, from San Franciso to<br />

New York. When we opened our first site,<br />

The Refinery Bankside in Southwark in<br />

2008, the trips abroad really helped us gain<br />

a fresh perspective and keep up with new<br />

trends. The Refinery Bankside had a female<br />

influenced advisory board which definitely<br />

helped shape the business and I’ll always<br />

remember that as a big part of the journey.<br />

What does International Women’s<br />

Day mean to you?<br />

I’ve been influenced by some incredible<br />

women in my life and International<br />

Women’s Day is a fantastic time to amplify<br />

brilliant women and celebrate inspirational<br />

role models. Championing women in the<br />

hospitality sector is something we feel is an<br />

important responsibility but that also brings<br />

us great joy at Drake & Morgan, from our<br />

wonderful female mixologists to chefs to<br />

bar backs and duty managers.<br />

You’ve been awarded an MBE for<br />

services to the hospitality industry.<br />

How did it feel to receive this<br />

award?<br />

It was a complete honour, surprise and<br />

privilege to receive my MBE in 2013. It’s a<br />

wonderful achievement personally but it<br />

also celebrates the hard work and dedication<br />

of the whole team at Drake & Morgan.<br />

On the day of the ceremony, Clare Smyth<br />

(the incredible chef from Michelin-starred<br />

CORE by Clare Smyth) also received an<br />

MBE, so it was brilliant to see women I<br />

personally look up to in hospitality being<br />

celebrated.<br />

What are your tips for building a<br />

successful business in the <strong>City</strong>?<br />

I’d advise you do your best to have the<br />

right funding and business plan in place<br />

to ensure a successful business. However,<br />

one very important thing that has driven the<br />

success of Drake & Morgan is becoming<br />

part of the local community – knowing<br />

our neighbours and supporting the city<br />

of London. For example, <strong>City</strong> Giving Day<br />

is very important to us as a business, as<br />

is our work with city-based charities. This<br />

includes Maggie’s who support people<br />

affected by cancer and digital charity box<br />

Pennies.<br />

Talk us through some of the<br />

challenges that you’ve faced as a<br />

female entrepreneur in the <strong>City</strong><br />

and how did you overcome them?<br />

Starting out as a female entrepreneur it<br />

can feel daunting, and a challenge to find<br />

support. However, there are some excellent<br />

groups and networks out there - when<br />

I started the business, our day-to-day<br />

lending was done with Coutts which, as<br />

well as being a bank, introduced me to a<br />

fabulous female entrepreneur network.<br />

This meant I was able to go to workshops<br />

and courses to participate with other entrepreneurs<br />

which helped enormously. This<br />

solid network to lean on was vital when I<br />

faced challenges at the start of my career<br />

and it was a real privilege to get this support.<br />

What has been your biggest<br />

achievement with your businesses<br />

in the <strong>City</strong>?<br />

One of my proudest moments was when<br />

we opened our first location in the <strong>City</strong><br />

of London - The Folly. We decided we<br />

wanted to honour the <strong>City</strong> of London by<br />

donating to a Columbian rainforest charity,<br />

replanting an area the size of the <strong>City</strong> of<br />

London there. It’s not just about business,<br />

it’s about being part of the community in<br />

an ethical way and I feel very proud to look<br />

back at this moment.<br />

What advice would you give to<br />

other women in the <strong>City</strong> who<br />

aspire to do the same?<br />

Get a mentor and group of people to<br />

support you – this could be a business<br />

coach or informal mentor. Women established<br />

in their careers tend to be very<br />

generous with their time and genuinely<br />

enjoy helping other women succeed.<br />

There are many excellent forums available<br />

in our great capital with amazing talent.<br />

And secondly, I’d say as a business owner,<br />

it’s always important to be kind to yourself<br />

and have self-belief.<br />

What is the secret to your success?<br />

I think there is a few. Listening to customers<br />

and understanding what they want is vital.<br />

Surround yourself with people who are<br />

good and share your drive and passion.<br />

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes or risks<br />

and don’t be too hard on yourself if there’s<br />

some setbacks! Always cheer on your wider<br />

team and celebrate their achievements.<br />

Finally, and very importantly, stay relevant<br />

and invest resource into the business for<br />

this. At Drake & Morgan, we are always<br />

looking for new and exciting partnerships<br />

and collaborations to pivot and adapt to<br />

current trends. We’ve been delighted with<br />

the success of our sell-out Full Fat Brunch<br />

series with Fat Tony, plus the partnership<br />

with immersive dining experts, Taste Film,<br />

which have been really popular.<br />

What’s in the pipeline for 2024?<br />

After a really strong period of trading over<br />

Christmas, we’re excited to continue to gain<br />

momentum in 2024. I always look forward<br />

to our spring menu refresh and the beautiful<br />

summer terraces we’ll be launching<br />

across our sites. We also have some exiting<br />

concepts with a Drake & Morgan Training<br />

Academy as well as Wine Schools.


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FOOD & DRINK<br />

All images courtesy of each venue.<br />

pork and sage roasted potatoes, Rudy’s<br />

have covered all the bases! They also offer<br />

tasty vegan options like the Agnello Vegana,<br />

which features plant based lamb as well as<br />

tender stem broccoli and basil infused vegan<br />

cheese sauce. If you’d like any extras, we<br />

recommend trying the chilli honey, a sweet<br />

and spicy dip that will get your taste buds<br />

buzzing. When it comes to dessert, you’re in<br />

for a treat. Their traditional Tiramisu, made<br />

fresh every day, will guarantee that your<br />

Italian feast ends on a high note. You can<br />

also keep it simple with their mouthwatering<br />

Bar Douro<br />

Gelato or their Affogato to get your caffeine<br />

boost in the tastiest way possible. By the<br />

time you’re done you’ll feel like you’ve been<br />

to Naples!<br />

•183 Shoreditch High Street E1 6HU<br />

rudyspizza.co.uk<br />

Jugad<br />

Nestled in Broadgate Circle is a wonderful<br />

lunch spot that deserves to be tried this<br />

month. If you’re looking for a casual spot to<br />

get your Indian food fix during your lunch<br />

break then this is it. With generous portion<br />

sizes, diners won’t be leaving this place<br />

disappointed. The team at <strong>City</strong> <strong>Matters</strong><br />

recently had the pleasure of visiting and felt<br />

immediately comfortable by the casual feel<br />

of this spot. We ordered the samosa chaat<br />

to share which comes in a generous portion<br />

size – tasty and filling. However, if you’re<br />

just opting for one dish of the menu during<br />

your lunch break then the aloo gobi wrap<br />

is a great shout. The naan bread is generously<br />

filled with potatoes and cauliflower<br />

with spices that are wonderfully balanced.<br />

However, if you’re more of a meat lover<br />

then the chicken wrap is a fantastic choice.<br />

Not only does this spot offer great value<br />

for money but also gives diners a chance<br />

to grab some authentic Indian food during<br />

their lunch break. One to check out this<br />

month.<br />

•1 Finsbury Avenue, Broadgate EC2M 2PF<br />

jugadstreetfood.com<br />

Gunpowder<br />

If you’re looking for authentic Indian<br />

food in the <strong>City</strong> then look no further than<br />

Gunpowder. Situated in the back streets of<br />

Spitalfields, this cosy restaurant needs to<br />

be added to your list. The starters at this<br />

restaurant are magnificent and typically<br />

two to three small plates per person are<br />

sufficient. To start, the rasam ke bomb are<br />

superb, if you like your spice then this is the<br />

perfect way to start your meal. The Tandoori<br />

Chicken Chop is cooked extremely well, the<br />

meat is tender and presented beautifully.<br />

A great thing about this restaurant is the<br />

casual feel, whether you’re heading there<br />

for a team lunch or a spot of dinner – you<br />

can feel comfortable at this food joint with<br />

ease. The staff are great and always on hand<br />

to help with drinks and food recommendations.<br />

Gunpowder delivers on delicious<br />

flavours that many food spots in the <strong>City</strong> fall<br />

short on.<br />

•11 White’s Row E1 7NF<br />

gunpowderrestaurants.com<br />

CITY BUDGET BITES<br />

BY HARRY YOUNG<br />

ARE you feeling the pinch from<br />

dining at fancy restaurants in<br />

the <strong>City</strong>? Well, we feel your<br />

pain. And that’s why we’ve<br />

compiled this handy guide on<br />

some of the best spots in the<br />

<strong>City</strong> to grab a cheap bite. You can thank<br />

us later.<br />

Ping Pong<br />

Located just a five-minute walk from<br />

Tower Hill station the Ping Pong at St Katherine<br />

Docks set our expectations high and<br />

certainly met them. Located within sight<br />

of the Tower of London you can escape<br />

the hustle and bustle of the tourists and<br />

step into a place where customer service<br />

is always put first. For our cheap eats menu<br />

items, we can wholeheartedly recommend<br />

the ping pong chicken noodles, the<br />

broth was rich in flavour and the chunky<br />

flat wheat noodles was like nothing we’d<br />

tried before. Another favourite was the<br />

honey chicken chili rice pot, a little spicier<br />

than the last choice but with steaming rice<br />

dotted with tasty, braised chicken topped<br />

with chili, delicious.<br />

All of this was accompanied with excellent<br />

service by the informed waiting staff<br />

that were never far away if you had a question<br />

or if you needed advice when picking<br />

your next dish. The interior design made for<br />

a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of fake<br />

flowers and plants scaling the walls and<br />

hanging down from the ceiling. The large<br />

windows allowed for an uninterrupted view<br />

of St Katherine Docks, the lights at night<br />

made it especially lovely to look out at.<br />

Overall, Ping Pong had plenty of ‘cheap’<br />

menu items to come try, but all of the food<br />

was entirely delicious, the real trouble will<br />

be sticking to below that £10 limit.<br />

•1 Bread Street EC4M 9BE<br />

pingpongdimsum.com<br />

Wicked Fish<br />

All of us are looking out for that next food<br />

place to rave about to friends and family,<br />

somewhere to break your current trend of<br />

food locations you go back to time and<br />

time again. Wicked Fish ticks all the boxes<br />

required to put it above the rest, let me<br />

tell you how they do it. Taking a different<br />

approach they not only do fish and chips<br />

but also have haddock bites, six haddocks<br />

Mangio<br />

goujons with house tartar sauce for only<br />

£8.5, not bad. Maybe you’re looking for<br />

something to really dig into, their £10<br />

Wicked Fish Butty is filled with crispy, delicious<br />

haddock, placed between two lightly<br />

toasted burger buns, simply divine.<br />

The ethos at Wicked Fish is to have<br />

somewhere to go for high quality food<br />

at prices that doesn’t make you groan;<br />

we think they’ve done a pretty good job.<br />

On top of that they only use fresh, ethically<br />

sourced ingredients from top quality<br />

suppliers, what’s not to love. They’ve paired<br />

with Wright Brothers Ltd, a fishmonger in<br />

Borough Market, to ensure that all their fish<br />

is as fresh as can be, something that can<br />

be really felt with their grilled lobster and<br />

fresh oysters. Overall, Wicked Fish had the<br />

perfect twist of sea-side quality fish and<br />

chips alongside London eccentric menu<br />

items, a perfect mix.<br />

•Spitalfields<br />

hewickedfish.co.uk<br />

Mangio<br />

Within stone’s throw of St Paul’s Cathedral<br />

Mangio is a hidden spot that thousands of<br />

tourists and locals walk by every year, its<br />

time for that to change. Mangio is known<br />

for their pasta and for good reason, at £8 for<br />

their fresh ravioli or cappellacci paired with<br />

their house made seasonal, traditional and<br />

gourmet sauces you’re found a little slice of<br />

Italian paradise in the heart of London. But<br />

if you think that sounds like not enough,<br />

they have you covered. Every week they<br />

announce their daily specials, from rigatoni<br />

with amatriciana to tagliatelle broccoli with<br />

sausage, they are constantly innovating to<br />

bring you amazing Italian cuisine.<br />

But it doesn’t stop there, if you’re looking<br />

for something to take away then they also<br />

have a delicious selection of Italian ciabatta<br />

paninis. At only £6 you can be loaded<br />

up with pesto, mozzarella, Milano salami<br />

and so much more. Finally, just when you<br />

thought it couldn’t get any better they also<br />

have a suberb desert selection. You’ve got<br />

your choice of creamy tiramisu, crunchy<br />

sfogliatella and other worldly chocolate<br />

salami, all for £2. Once you’ve gotten a<br />

taste of Mangio you might find it hard not<br />

to keep coming back.<br />

•30 - 32 Knightrider Street EC4V 5BH<br />

mangio.co.uk


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PARTNER CONTENT<br />

ANYONE planning a<br />

conference or event in 2024<br />

knows how important it is<br />

to find the perfect location<br />

- one with enough space,<br />

great food, technology that<br />

works, and design that helps foster<br />

connections among attendees. Planners<br />

should look no further than Convene, a<br />

hospitality-oriented meeting and event<br />

provider. Their venues include everything<br />

needed for a turnkey conference or event,<br />

including:<br />

• Full-service event production<br />

resources<br />

• Meeting and event spaces designed<br />

to maximize collaboration and<br />

productivity, each of which can also be<br />

custom-configured to accommodate<br />

various even A dedicated hospitality<br />

team that t types and sizes<br />

• In-house catering run by seasoned<br />

executive chefs with a focus on<br />

providing delicious and nutritious<br />

meals and snacks meant to energize<br />

and invigorate<br />

• In-room A/V tools and technology<br />

inclusive of high-resolution projection<br />

screens, built-in cameras and<br />

microphones for a seamless hybrid<br />

experience, and top-of-the-line<br />

theatre-lighting systems<br />

• Digital signage screens and totems<br />

throughout each location, providing<br />

event branding opportunities<br />

• Established relationships with preferred<br />

external vendors for everything from<br />

entertainment, impressive high-end<br />

decor, gifting and favours, step-andrepeats<br />

and branded signage, and<br />

more<br />

Convene recently acquired the storied<br />

UK event company etc.venues, and of their<br />

combined 14 venues across the UK, we are<br />

pleased to share our top choices for locations<br />

to hold conferences or events in the<br />

<strong>City</strong>:<br />

etc.venues County Hall - Perfect<br />

for larger groups and great views<br />

Situated on London's Southbank and<br />

overlooking the River Thames, etc.venues<br />

County Hall offers more than 68,000 square<br />

feet of multi-use meeting and event space<br />

across two floors, and can accommodate<br />

larger groups of up to 400. Conveniently<br />

located a short walk from the Waterloo and<br />

Westminster stations, it boasts breathtaking<br />

views of The Houses of Parliament, Big<br />

Ben, and the London Eye. It is ideal for any<br />

town hall, corporate off-site, single-room<br />

conference with break-out sessions, or<br />

Photos courtesy of Convene<br />

networking reception. The historic County<br />

Hall building has been expertly restored,<br />

keeping many of the original features while<br />

incorporating high-quality design elements<br />

for maximum comfort and productivity.<br />

Convene 22 Bishopsgate - Ideal<br />

for corporate social events<br />

Centrally located within walking distance<br />

of 10 underground stations in the <strong>City</strong> of<br />

London, Convene 22 Bishopsgate is a<br />

premium destination for your upcoming<br />

event or conference. It is located within<br />

one of London's newest skyscrapers and<br />

the second-tallest building in the <strong>City</strong>,<br />

an iconic part of the evolving skyline.<br />

Spanning nearly 38,000 square feet<br />

across two floors, this venue can hold<br />

up to 405 guests and boasts great views,<br />

sophisticated design, best-in-class sustainability<br />

practices, and a beautiful emerald<br />

bar perfect for post-event cocktails and<br />

networking in the centre of the space. It is<br />

ideal for conferences or events that include<br />

breakout sessions.<br />

THE BEST CITY<br />

VENUES FOR CONFERENCES<br />

AND EVENTS<br />

etc.venues 133 Houndsditch - The<br />

best for BIG<br />

Located in the heart of the <strong>City</strong> of London,<br />

this space is the best for a big event with<br />

capacity for over 3,000 guests on flow.<br />

This space provides a blank canvas for<br />

your conference, event, or reception with<br />

a stunning atrium, lots of natural light,<br />

and a contemporary backdrop to host<br />

your large-scale, all-company celebration.<br />

Already a part of the Convene portfolio<br />

of brands, this etc.venues location is officially<br />

converting to a Convene location in<br />

April 2024, meaning the venue will soon<br />

be receiving a makeover, including new<br />

lighting fixtures, new reception desks,<br />

re-tiled flooring, and new art and furniture.<br />

etc.venues 155 Bishopsgate -<br />

Perfect for an elegant affair<br />

This venue has established itself as one<br />

of London’s most stylish conference and<br />

event destinations. Adjacent to Liverpool<br />

Street Station, this property boasts two<br />

etc.venues County Hall<br />

expansive floors to bring your conference<br />

vision to life. With capacity to host up<br />

to 1,000 guests, this venue is meant for<br />

sizable meetings and exhibitions, featuring<br />

a sophisticated design and designed to<br />

serve as the perfect backdrop for inspiring<br />

networking and collaboration. Already a<br />

part of the Convene portfolio of brands,<br />

this etc.venues location is officially<br />

converting to a Convene location in April<br />

2024, meaning the venue will also soon<br />

have new furniture in the gallery space<br />

to accommodate a variety meeting types<br />

as well as places for event guests to dine,<br />

aesthetic updates including new wallpaper<br />

and paint, and a curated mix of wall art by<br />

local London artists.<br />

•Learn more about the Convene<br />

portfolio of brands, which includes<br />

etc.venues, at www.convene.com and<br />

enquire about hosting your next event at<br />

enquiriesuk@convene.com.<br />

Convene 22 Bishopsgate<br />

etc.venues County Hall


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WELLNESS<br />

MASSAGES IN<br />

THE CITY<br />

BY ANGELA SHARDA<br />

THERE’S nothing quite like a<br />

good massage and there are<br />

so many fantastic places to<br />

choose from in the <strong>City</strong>. Here’s<br />

our pick of some the best in<br />

the <strong>City</strong>.<br />

Aliona’s Beauty Corner<br />

at Andaz Hotel<br />

Just moments away from Liverpool Street<br />

Station is a lovely hidden gem in Andaz<br />

Hotel, Aliona’s Beauty Corner. If you’re<br />

struggling with aches and knots, then<br />

this is the place to try. The deep-tissue<br />

massage incorporates soft tissue release<br />

and muscle energy techniques to achieve<br />

the best results. Deep tissue massage helps<br />

to speed up muscle recovery by breaking<br />

down knots and increasing blood flow<br />

circulation through certain areas. Aliona,<br />

will work her magic to get rid of those<br />

aches, pains, and knots. The ambience<br />

in the hotel for this massage is fantastic,<br />

the calming music will help you enjoy 60<br />

minutes of pure relaxation.<br />

•40 Liverpool Street EC2M 7QN<br />

alionasbeautycorner.co.uk<br />

Leonardo Royal Hotel London <strong>City</strong><br />

Another fantastic massage in the <strong>City</strong> that<br />

will help you to relax, unwind and rejuvenate<br />

is the hot stone massage at Rena Spa, part of<br />

Leonardo Royal Hotel London <strong>City</strong>. Whether<br />

you have the afternoon off from work or are<br />

here for a spa day – be ready to enjoy 50<br />

minutes of pure relaxation. The treatment<br />

rooms are spacious and luxurious. The hot<br />

stones are carefully placed on your chakras<br />

to open up energy pathways, helping to<br />

Nobu<br />

sooth the mind, muscle tension and reduce<br />

aches and pains. This massage will have you<br />

feeling refreshed as you leave the spa. The<br />

massage therapist was fantastic and catered<br />

the massage to my needs – really focusing<br />

on the areas with the most tension and<br />

aches. A fab massage that needs to be tried.<br />

•45 Prescot Street E1 8GP<br />

leonardohotels.co.uk<br />

Nobu<br />

Nestled amidst the energy of East London’s<br />

creative district and the financial centre of<br />

the <strong>City</strong>, Nobu Hotel London Shoreditch<br />

delivers the perfect blend of industrial chic<br />

and Japanese simplicity.<br />

Nobu’s treatment rooms are luxurious<br />

and the perfect place to enjoy 90 minutes<br />

of pure relaxation. A great massage to try is<br />

the Thai-Qi Flow massage, this therapeutic,<br />

warming and invigorating massage integrates<br />

Thai herbal compresses along with<br />

hands on massage, stretches and acupressure<br />

techniques to help balance the body<br />

and mind. Thai-Qi Flow massage helps to<br />

energise the body’s flow of energy, aids the<br />

release of tight muscles, and promotes a<br />

feeling of optimum wellbeing.<br />

The massage therapist was amazing and<br />

applied just the right amount of pressure at<br />

the right points. She uses her expertise and<br />

knowledge to understand where the body<br />

needs the most work and constantly works<br />

with the client to learn about where their<br />

aches and pains sit. This is a truly incredible<br />

experience and one that deserves to be tried.<br />

•10-50 Willow Street EC2A 4BH<br />

london-shoreditch.nobuhotels.com<br />

Nyx Hotel, Rena Spa<br />

Who doesn’t love a good spa day? Well, we<br />

certainly do. Rena Spa, situated in NYX Hotel<br />

London Holborn provides a tranquil escape<br />

in the heart of the <strong>City</strong>. The massages here<br />

are fantastic. Upon arrival, your therapist<br />

will run through the type of massage that<br />

you require and cater the massage to your<br />

needs. The massage rooms are clean and<br />

spacious and the perfect place to relax. It’s<br />

a thumbs up from us.<br />

•50 – 60 Southampton Row WC1B 4AR<br />

nyx-hotels.co.uk<br />

Ten Health & Fitness<br />

As soon as you step into this venue you are<br />

greeted by friendly staff in a comfortable<br />

setting.<br />

Sports Massage Therapist, Abbie Daniels,<br />

is absolutely fantastic not only does<br />

she offer a tailored approach to athletic<br />

recovery and performance enhancement<br />

but also uses breathing techniques to get<br />

the best out of the massage.<br />

What sets Ten Health & Fitness sports<br />

massage apart is their holistic approach to<br />

sports therapy. She uses her expertise and<br />

knowledge to understand where the body<br />

needs the most work and constantly works<br />

with the client to learn about where the<br />

root of the problem is.<br />

Whether you’re recovering from an<br />

intense workout, preparing for a competition,<br />

or seeking relief from chronic pain –<br />

this is a fantastic spot in the <strong>City</strong> to visit for<br />

that vital massage.<br />

•119-121 Middlesex Street E1 7JF<br />

ten.co.uk


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ARTS & CULTURE<br />

THINGS TO<br />

DO THIS<br />

EASTER<br />

EASTER is just around the<br />

corner and we’ve rounded<br />

up some great activities to<br />

do with friends and the<br />

whole family. Whether<br />

you’re keen to take the<br />

kids on an Easter Egg Hunt in<br />

the <strong>City</strong>, play some golf or try a<br />

new food menu - we’ve got you<br />

covered. Read on to find out more.<br />

Market Explorers Garden<br />

Eataly London<br />

Eataly London is putting on a selection of<br />

special limited-edition dishes and cocktails<br />

in its restaurants, Terra and Pasta e Pizza, to<br />

celebrate the long Easter weekend.<br />

From delicious starters of grilled<br />

asparagus, poached egg, and parmesan<br />

cream cheese to hearty mains of slow<br />

cooked lamb shoulder, closing off with<br />

Eataly’s sweet treat – the Eggstravaganza<br />

– meringue with almond, chocolate, apple<br />

jelly ,yuzu egg and a coconut crumble.<br />

You’ll be spoilt for choices this Easter<br />

weekend!<br />

•135 Bishopsgate EC2M 3YD<br />

eataly.co.uk<br />

Leadenhall Market’s<br />

Great Goose Chase<br />

This Easter, Leadenhall Market’s Great<br />

Goose Chase returns. The annual event will<br />

see teams challenged to compete a range<br />

of hair-raising challenges in and around<br />

the market, from recreating film scenes to<br />

leading dance routines.<br />

A top prize of £500 Leadenhall spending<br />

money, plus the legendary Golden Egg<br />

trophy is up for grabs from the team<br />

who completes the most tasks within the<br />

month-long competition.<br />

Sign-ups open on 25th March and tasks<br />

will go live 8am on 1st April with submissions<br />

closing on 30th April at 10pm.<br />

•Leadenhall Market Gracechurch Street<br />

EC3V 1LT<br />

leadenhallmarket.co.uk/<br />

the-great-leadenhall-goose-chase<br />

Coq d’Argent<br />

Coq d’Argent, D&D London’s legendary<br />

rooftop restaurant located in the heart of the<br />

<strong>City</strong>, is set to launch a Sunday Roast menu.<br />

Available from Easter Sunday on 31st March,<br />

Coq d’Argent is embracing the bustling<br />

weekend crowd with a new menu that puts a<br />

classic French twist on the traditional British<br />

Sunday feast, offering the perfect addition to<br />

indulgent weekend dining.<br />

Created by Head Chef Damien Rigollet,<br />

the Sunday roast menu celebrates hearty<br />

flavours and comforting ingredients, and<br />

will be served across two or three courses,<br />

priced at exceptional value.<br />

•No.1 Poultry EC2R 8EJ<br />

coqdargent.co.uk<br />

Market Explorers Garden<br />

Market Explorers Garden - aims to<br />

encourage cooks of the future to learn<br />

where their food comes from through a<br />

‘what’s in the box?’ game, seed planting<br />

and hands-on arts and crafts<br />

11am and 3pm on Tuesday 2 – Thursday<br />

4 April. Free to attend, drop ins welcome.<br />

•boroughmarket.org.uk/events/<br />

market-explorers-garden<br />

Six by Nico<br />

Experience the vibrant flavours and<br />

dynamic street food scene of Vietnam as<br />

Six by Nico unveils its newest six-course<br />

tasting menu, ‘Hanoi’. From Monday 28th<br />

February to Sunday 8th April, indulge in an<br />

unforgettable culinary adventure inspired<br />

by the captivating capital of Vietnam.<br />

The Six by Nico team have woven<br />

together their experience of Hanoi through<br />

a six-course tasting experience – prepare<br />

to be transported as you savour the unique<br />

flavours and immerse yourself in the rich<br />

tapestry of Hanoi’s gastronomic story.<br />

•sixbynico.co.uk/london<br />

Cocktail Set Bottomless Brunch<br />

Picture a boozy menu featuring a diverse<br />

selection of cocktails, frozen tipples, spirits,<br />

wine, beer, and fizz. Say goodbye to the<br />

mundane menus of avo on toast – Swingers<br />

sets itself apart by offering curated street<br />

food from eateries such as Patty&Bun,<br />

Pizza Pilgrims, Breddos, and Crosstown<br />

Doughnuts. Plus, there’s the added bonus<br />

of enjoying a round of crazy golf. For just<br />

£50 per person, the Cocktail Set Bottomless<br />

Brunch experience includes:<br />

• 90 minutes of unlimited drinks<br />

• An exclusive reserved area for your group<br />

• A round of crazy golf to test your skills<br />

• Delectable street food to satisfy your<br />

cravings<br />

• A resident DJ spinning tunes for a lively<br />

atmosphere<br />

Easter Dessert Themed Cocktail Menu<br />

For those with a sweet tooth, try out the<br />

special Easter chocolate cocktails menu<br />

on offer for the long weekend. Why stick<br />

to chocolate eggs when you can drink<br />

chocolate cocktails? The menu of Easter<br />

dessert themed cocktails include:<br />

• The Chocolate Orange with Havana Club<br />

7 Rum, Frangelico, chocolate & orange<br />

rum liqueur, chocolate syrup, chocolate<br />

bitter and orange bitters<br />

• Salted Caramel Espresso Martini with<br />

Mermaid Salt Vodka, Kahlua Coffee<br />

Liqueur, espresso, caramel syrup and salt<br />

• Tiramisu Martini with Havana Club 7<br />

Rum, tiramisu syrup, coconut syrup, oat<br />

milk and natural egg white substitute<br />

Resident street food vendor Crosstown<br />

will also be serving the Hot Cross Bun<br />

Doughnut over the Easter weekend from<br />

Good Friday - Easter Monday.<br />

•8 Brown’s Buildings EC3A 8AL<br />

swingers.club/uk<br />

Leadenhall Market


TEST YOUR BRAINPOWER<br />

No. 5489<br />

Quiz Challenge<br />

1. What is the name of the<br />

building in which the US<br />

Congress meets?<br />

2. In football, how wide is the<br />

standard goal?<br />

3. In 2023, which group of<br />

activists held a rooftop protest<br />

at Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s<br />

North Yorkshire mansion?<br />

4. Which is the only Englishspeaking<br />

country in South<br />

America?<br />

5. The barman Sam Malone<br />

featured in which TV series?<br />

1<br />

5<br />

9<br />

11<br />

10<br />

13<br />

20<br />

19<br />

1<br />

9<br />

10<br />

16<br />

19<br />

26<br />

32<br />

34<br />

CRYPTIC CROSSWORD<br />

1<br />

9<br />

14<br />

18<br />

2<br />

13<br />

6<br />

QUICK CROSSWORD<br />

12<br />

2<br />

20<br />

13<br />

23<br />

SOLUTIONS<br />

3<br />

13<br />

3<br />

14<br />

21<br />

24<br />

30<br />

31<br />

EASY SUDOKU HARD SUDOKU<br />

5 9 6 2 4 3 1 7 8 5 2 6 1 3 8 4 7 9<br />

2 8 7 1 5 9 3 4 6 1 9 7 6 4 5 3 2 8<br />

3 1 4 7 8 6 2 9 5 3 8 4 7 9 2 6 1 5<br />

8 3 9 4 1 5 6 2 7 7 3 9 2 6 4 5 8 1<br />

6 5 2 9 3 7 4 8 1 8 5 1 3 7 9 2 4 6<br />

4 7 1 6 2 8 9 5 3 6 4 2 5 8 1 7 9 3<br />

7 4 3 5 6 2 8 1 9 2 7 5 9 1 6 8 3 4<br />

1 6 5 8 9 4 7 3 2 9 6 8 4 2 3 1 5 7<br />

9 2 8 3 7 1 5 6 4 4 1 3 8 5 7 9 6 2<br />

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13<br />

M<br />

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25<br />

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8<br />

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15<br />

21<br />

14<br />

17<br />

22<br />

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12<br />

16<br />

18<br />

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11<br />

25<br />

27<br />

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X<br />

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6<br />

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7<br />

11<br />

14<br />

16<br />

20<br />

12<br />

18<br />

22<br />

R<br />

W<br />

6. The Second World War aircraft<br />

classified as a B17 had what<br />

popular name?<br />

7. What is real surname of singer<br />

Sir Tom Jones?<br />

8. John Rhys-Davis played which<br />

character in The Lord of the<br />

Rings films?<br />

9. The novel A Discovery of<br />

Witches, by Deborah<br />

Harkness, is the first<br />

instalment in the which trilogy?<br />

10. Who was England’s longest<br />

reigning king?<br />

18<br />

5<br />

5<br />

19<br />

5<br />

8<br />

10<br />

15<br />

28<br />

N<br />

P<br />

17<br />

4<br />

8<br />

5<br />

10<br />

23<br />

24<br />

H<br />

Q<br />

16<br />

3<br />

6<br />

6<br />

29<br />

Z<br />

K<br />

15<br />

2<br />

4<br />

F<br />

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17<br />

14<br />

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7<br />

12<br />

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31<br />

ACROSS<br />

FIVE ALIVE<br />

SD UT ES TL YE<br />

IC UD NO<br />

OT HU GR HE WT<br />

CU EG LR<br />

TH EO DE AL SY<br />

Here are two miniature five-square<br />

crosswords using the same grid –<br />

but the letters have been mixed up.<br />

You have to work out which letters<br />

belong to which crossword.<br />

2. Small photo I put inside<br />

personal computer (3)<br />

5. Stir up old quote (6)<br />

7. Barter with witch having<br />

broken leg (6)<br />

9. It adds up to the same<br />

amount, whichever way you<br />

look at it (5,6)<br />

10. Erotic group of people<br />

found within the confines of<br />

Surrey (6)<br />

11. Become engaged (6)<br />

13. There’s nothing hectic going<br />

on outside plant (6)<br />

16. Was wrong to obtain<br />

illegally (6)<br />

18. Cupid’s car is transporting<br />

deadly poison (7,4)<br />

19. One retired member,<br />

a lady (6)<br />

20. Silent movement to join<br />

forces (6)<br />

21. In what way is it shown<br />

inside? (3)<br />

NONAGRAM:<br />

aegis; ageist; agister; airer; arise; arris; artier; astir;<br />

gait; gaiter; girt; gist; gîte; gratis; grist; grit; irate;<br />

raise; raiser; REGISTRAR; resit; rise; riser; rite; sari;<br />

sati; satire; serai; sierra; sire; sitar; site; stagier;<br />

stair; starrier; stir; stirrer; stria; tarrier; tarsier; terai;<br />

tier; tiger; tire; triage; trier; trig.<br />

CROSS CODE<br />

ACROSS<br />

1. Trembled (8)<br />

5. Citrus fruit (4)<br />

9. Huge (7)<br />

10. Odour (5)<br />

11. Delivery<br />

vehicle (3)<br />

12. Stinging<br />

plant (6)<br />

15. Distort (5)<br />

17. Towards (4)<br />

19. Affirm (6)<br />

22. Imprison (6)<br />

24. Perceive<br />

sound (4)<br />

26. Impassioned (5)<br />

27. Ambrosia (6)<br />

30. Label (3)<br />

32. Trench (5)<br />

33. Tactile<br />

(anag.) (7)<br />

34. Skulk (4)<br />

35. Bandage (8)<br />

FIVE ALIVE:<br />

(1) Across – Stele; Ought; Today.<br />

Down – Scout; Edged; Entry.<br />

(2) Across – Dusty; Threw; Heels.<br />

Down – Ditch; Surge; Yowls.<br />

Clockwise from top left – multiply;<br />

subtract; divide; add. Total: 5.<br />

EQUALISER:<br />

DOWN<br />

DOWN<br />

1. A few (4)<br />

2. Progeny (5)<br />

3. Expel from<br />

property (5)<br />

4. Cricket team (6)<br />

6. Worship (7)<br />

7. Demanding (8)<br />

8. Division of<br />

territory (6)<br />

13. Golf peg (3)<br />

14. Fretted<br />

instrument (4)<br />

16. Spring flower (8)<br />

18. Exhaust (4)<br />

20. Refuge (7)<br />

21. Regular beat (6)<br />

23. Small child (3)<br />

25. Fisherman (6)<br />

28. Skin (5)<br />

29. Legal<br />

defence (5)<br />

31. Floating ice (4)<br />

EQUALISER<br />

2 14<br />

3 4 7<br />

2 4<br />

6 4 2<br />

1 2<br />

Place the four signs (add,<br />

subtract, multiply, divide)<br />

one in each circle so that<br />

the total of each across<br />

and down line is the same.<br />

Perform the first calculation in each<br />

line first and ignore the mathematical<br />

law which says you should always<br />

perform division and multiplication<br />

before addition and subtraction.<br />

1. Was vacant to start with and<br />

free from liability (6)<br />

2. Very good to be like a fruit (6)<br />

3. Heard to stop a method of<br />

payment (6)<br />

4. Pincers produce dangerous<br />

perils (6)<br />

6. One is not thankful to show<br />

this (11)<br />

8. Magical tram rebuilt<br />

according to the rules of<br />

language (11)<br />

10. Amount of money presumed<br />

to have been held (3)<br />

12. Snack is produced by such a<br />

dog (3)<br />

14. Plant that grows high (6)<br />

15. Graduate is in the money in<br />

North African fortress (6)<br />

16. Avoid revolutionary in three<br />

different directions (6)<br />

17. Undergrad is hiding inside<br />

plant (6)<br />

NONAGRAM<br />

G E T<br />

A I R<br />

S R R<br />

How many words of four<br />

letters or more can you make<br />

from this Nonagram? Each<br />

word must use the central<br />

letter, and each letter may be<br />

used only once. At least one<br />

word using all nine letters<br />

can be found.<br />

Guidelines:<br />

24 Good; 28 Very Good;<br />

33 Excellent.<br />

Any word found in the Concise Oxford<br />

Dictionary (Tenth Edition) is eligible<br />

with the following exceptions: proper<br />

nouns; plural nouns, pronouns and<br />

possessives; third person singular<br />

verbs; hyphenated words;<br />

contractions and abbreviations; vulgar<br />

slang words; variant spellings of the<br />

same word (where another variant is<br />

also eligible).<br />

QUICK CROSSWORD:<br />

Across – 1 Shivered; 5 Lime; 9 Massive; 10 Aroma; 11 Van;<br />

12 Nettle; 15 Twist; 17 Unto; 19 Assert; 22 Intern; 24 Hear; 26<br />

Fiery; 27 Nectar; 30 Tag; 32 Ditch; 33 Lattice; 34 Lurk; 35<br />

Dressing.<br />

Down – 1 Some; 2 Issue; 3 Evict; 4 Eleven; 6 Idolise; 7<br />

Exacting; 8 Canton; 13 Tee; 14 Lute; 16 Daffodil; 18 Tire; 20<br />

Shelter; 21 Rhythm; 23 Tot; 25 Angler; 28 Cutis; 29 Alibi; 31<br />

Berg.<br />

CRYPTIC CROSSWORD:<br />

Across – 2 Pic; 5 Excite; 7 Haggle; 9 Magic square; 10<br />

Steamy; 11 Enmesh; 13 Manioc; 16 Extort; 18 Prussic acid;<br />

19 Angela; 20 Enlist; 21 How.<br />

Down – 1 Exempt; 2 Peachy; 3 Cheque; 4 Pliers; 6<br />

Ingratitude; 8 Grammatical; 10 Sum; 12 Hot; 14 Alpine; 15<br />

Casbah; 16 Eschew; 17 Radish.<br />

QUIZ CHALLENGE: 1 The Capitol; 2 Eight yards; 3 Greenpeace; 4 Guyana; 5 Cheers; 6 The<br />

Flying Fortress; 7 Woodward; 8 The dwarf Gimli; 9 The All Souls trilogy; 10 George III (59 years).<br />

EASY<br />

HARD<br />

CROSS CODE<br />

24 7 22 17 22 25 6 7 23 15<br />

23 23 22 16 20 4 4 24 17<br />

11 7 20 18 23 11 24 8 20<br />

2 11 8 24 3 23 20 13 11<br />

8 22 21 24 8 16 24 18 18 22<br />

16 22 18 11 24 11 11 20 17 6 8 12<br />

22 6 13 14 17 23<br />

23 17 8 22 13 10 4 20 11 8 24 13<br />

22 7 22 26 24 18 7 22 25 24<br />

20 9 1 24 7 8 8 18 4<br />

9 13 8 24 20 24 19 6 8<br />

20 13 7 22 26 24 13 5 18<br />

24 8 10 6 11 20 11 8 24 18<br />

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ<br />

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13<br />

T S<br />

14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26<br />

Each number in our Cross Code grid represents a different letter<br />

of the alphabet. You have three letters in the control grid to start<br />

you off. Enter them in the appropriate squares in the main grid,<br />

then use your knowledge of words to work out which letters<br />

should go in the missing squares.<br />

As you get the letters, fill in other squares with the same number<br />

in the main grid and control grid. Check off the alphabetical list of<br />

letters as you identify them.<br />

SUDOKU<br />

Each row and each column must contain the numbers 1 to 9,<br />

and so must each 3 x 3 box.<br />

5 9 3 1 8<br />

7 5 3 4<br />

7 5<br />

8 4 5 7<br />

5 3 7 8<br />

7 6 2 9<br />

5 2 1<br />

6 9 7 3 2<br />

2 7 6<br />

5 6 3 4 7<br />

1<br />

4 2<br />

7 4<br />

5 1<br />

8 3<br />

9 6 3<br />

2 3 5<br />

4 5 7 6<br />

O<br />

© Sirius Media Services Ltd.


CITYMATTERS.LONDON March 13 - April 16 2024<br />

PARTNER CONTENT<br />

URBAN RADICALS, MILLIMETRE AND AKTII SELECTED FOR ‘NAVIGATING CHANGE:<br />

REIMAGINING THE SQUARE MILE’ LONDON FESTIVAL OF ARCHITECTURE COMPETITION<br />

LONDON Festival of Architecture<br />

and the <strong>City</strong> of London Business<br />

Improvement Districts (BIDs)<br />

have selected Urban Radicals<br />

with Millimetre and AKTII as<br />

winners of the “Navigating<br />

Change: Reimagining the Square<br />

Mile” competition to design a trail of<br />

architectural interventions across the <strong>City</strong><br />

of London.<br />

The competition called for architects,<br />

designers, and artists to propose a trail of<br />

playful and engaging public realm interventions<br />

that envision a more welcoming<br />

and sustainable <strong>City</strong>.<br />

The winning team proposed to leverage<br />

the Square Mile’s 2,000-year history and<br />

its Roman roots to reinvent the concept of<br />

“Square” into one acting as a backdrop for<br />

public discussions, knowledge exchange,<br />

community and inclusion.<br />

Urban Radicals is a collaborative studio<br />

that started out in 2019 as a duo between<br />

architects Era Savvides and Nasios Varnavas,<br />

with the ambition to form an expansive<br />

network of friends, colleagues and expert<br />

collaborators, to solve problems across<br />

contexts and scales. Since then, the team<br />

has worked on projects for the Cyprus<br />

Ministry of Culture, the European Cultural<br />

Centre, Exhibition Road Culture Group, the<br />

Venice Biennale and the Goethe-Institut<br />

London, amongst others. Urban Radicals<br />

are supported by Millimetre and AKTII for<br />

their proposal to reimagine the Square Mile.<br />

The £100,000 competition forms part<br />

of London Festival of Architecture’s 20th<br />

anniversary programming, and was held<br />

in partnership with four <strong>City</strong> of London<br />

business improvement districts; Aldgate<br />

Connect, Culture Mile BID, Eastern <strong>City</strong><br />

BID and Fleet Street Quarter, all part of the<br />

Primera family of London BIDs.<br />

Ruth Duston OBE, CEO of Primera which<br />

operates the <strong>City</strong>’s business improvement<br />

districts, said: “We are pleased to<br />

be working with the team from Urban<br />

Radicals, Millimetre and AKTII on this<br />

exciting project as part of the London<br />

Festival of Architecture’s 20th anniversary.<br />

Throughout its 2,000-year history, the <strong>City</strong><br />

of London has adapted and transformed to<br />

meet the needs of the future. As the <strong>City</strong><br />

continues to evolve, now is a good opportunity<br />

to look at what the next iteration of<br />

the Square Mile could look like, through<br />

a lens of design and architecture. We<br />

look forward to welcoming visitors to this<br />

celebration of the Square Mile, in June.”<br />

Nasios Varnavas, Partner at Urban<br />

Radicals, said: “We are excited and<br />

honoured to have been selected to<br />

Reimagine the Square Mile. This is an<br />

important 20-year milestone for the<br />

London Festival of Architecture, and we<br />

hope that our work will nurture the same<br />

openness that LFA has been advocating for<br />

over the years. Our project will reimagine<br />

forms of assembly at various scales, both<br />

as material processes as well as social<br />

catalysts.”<br />

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the<br />

London Festival of Architecture called for<br />

public spaces across London to be temporarily<br />

reimagined to capture the public’s<br />

imagination and inform longer term meaningful<br />

changes. Building on LFA’s long<br />

history of trialling public realm initiatives<br />

in the <strong>City</strong>, the trail will bring together a<br />

series of unique interventions that respond<br />

to their local context and are linked by the<br />

2024 festival theme of ‘Reimagine’.<br />

Benjamin O’Connor, Director at NLA,<br />

said: “The proposal from Urban Radicals,<br />

Millimetre and AKTII really captured the<br />

heart of what we are seeking to deliver with<br />

this series of unique interventions that celebrate<br />

the <strong>City</strong>’s rich historical foundations<br />

Urban Radicals - Era Savvides & Nasios Varnavas<br />

Eastern <strong>City</strong> ©Mickey Lee<br />

and building towards innovative solutions<br />

that create a welcoming, inclusive environment<br />

for all those that live, work and play in<br />

the <strong>City</strong> today.<br />

“We look forward to summer 2024 when<br />

we will be able to enjoy the trail with our<br />

fellow Londoners.”<br />

The “Navigating Change: Reimagining<br />

the Square Mile” competition was judged by<br />

a panel of architectural and design experts<br />

chaired by Benjamin O’Connor, Director,<br />

NLA. The judging panel included: Clarisse<br />

Tavin, Group Manager Major Programmes<br />

and Projects, <strong>City</strong> of London; Eddie Blake,<br />

Director, Studio Weave; Harriet Browning,<br />

Associate, Civic Engineers; Paolo Mendoza,<br />

Landscaping and Urban Design Consultant,<br />

Arcadis; Hannah Penwarden, Student<br />

Representative, London Metropolitan<br />

University.<br />

The winning team will now work closely<br />

with the <strong>City</strong> of London BIDs to further<br />

develop their vision, with more details to<br />

be revealed in due course.

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