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April 17 - May 21 2024 Edition <strong>164</strong><br />

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A SQUARE nex to Liverpool Street<br />

Station may be renamed after a<br />

London-based stockbroker who<br />

saved hundreds of Jewish children<br />

from the Nazis. Sir Nicholas<br />

Winton, who died in 2015 and was<br />

the inspiration for the Anthony<br />

Hopkins film One Life, organised<br />

the evacuation of more than 650<br />

children from Czechoslovakia<br />

in the late 1930s, writes Local<br />

Democracy Reporter Ben Lynch.<br />

He had visited Prague in 1938 to<br />

see the camp set up after the area<br />

became overwhelmed with refugees<br />

fleeing the German invasion.<br />

He subsequently asked the British<br />

Government to relax immigration<br />

laws and a low some Czech children<br />

to enter the UK. This was agreed, on<br />

the proviso each child was matched<br />

to a host family, and had £50.<br />

Sir Nicholas Winton and a group<br />

of volunteers, including his mother,<br />

a ranged for 669 children to relocate<br />

to the country over the next<br />

few months, finding host families<br />

and raising funds to pay for their<br />

travel.<br />

In recognition of these efforts,<br />

the <strong>City</strong> of London Corporation is<br />

proposing a section of Liverpool<br />

Street, a square next to Liverpool<br />

Street Station, which is where the<br />

children would have journeyed into,<br />

be renamed the Sir Nicholas Winton<br />

Square. The Sir Nicholas Winton<br />

Memorial Trust, established in 2018<br />

to store documents and other<br />

memorabilia, has spoken positively<br />

abou the plans.<br />

Laurence Winton, the grandson<br />

of Sir Nicholas Winton and a<br />

trustee of the group, told the Local<br />

Democracy Reporting Service<br />

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Liverpool Street square<br />

to be renamed after man<br />

AFTER MAN WHO HELPED BRING MORE THAN 650<br />

CHILDREN FROM CZECHOSLOVAKIA TO THE UK IN THE LATE<br />

*<br />

*<br />

*<br />

(LDRS): “We are truly grateful for this<br />

initiative, which wi l serve as a lasting<br />

tribute to Sir Nicholas Winton’s<br />

humanitarian efforts.<br />

“We believe that a permanent<br />

renaming wi l not only honour<br />

his legacy but wi l also serve as an<br />

educational landmark. It wi l remind<br />

passers-by of the virtues of compassion<br />

and bravery, and the significant<br />

impact one individual can make in<br />

the lives of many.”<br />

The consultation is cu rently<br />

open, and is due to run until April<br />

25. The film, One Life, was shown<br />

in the UK earlier this year. It sta red<br />

Sir Anthony Hopkins as Sir Nicholas<br />

Winton, with Helena Bonham Carter<br />

and Sir Jonathan Pryce also among<br />

the cast.<br />

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2024-29


Helping deliver a ‘world-class’ organisation<br />

The <strong>City</strong> of London Corporation has unveiled its new<br />

five-year Corporate Plan with six outcomes to guide<br />

its leadership at local, London-wide, national, and<br />

international levels.<br />

The plan, which took effect from the beginning of<br />

April, is designed to ensure that the <strong>City</strong> Corporation<br />

focuses on its mission to be a world-class organisation<br />

that fully embraces the needs and diversity of the<br />

communities it serves.<br />

The six outcomes are:<br />

Diverse Engaged Communities<br />

Dynamic Economic Growth<br />

Leading Sustainable<br />

Environment<br />

Vibrant Thriving Destination<br />

Providing Excellent Services<br />

Flourishing Public Spaces<br />

In the plan, the <strong>City</strong> Corporation’s Policy Chairman,<br />

Chris Hayward, has pledged to continue the<br />

revitalisation of the Square Mile and strengthen the<br />

organisation’s role in London, pressing forward with<br />

its Vision for Economic Growth to unlock a £225 billion<br />

investment to boost prosperity, create jobs, and help<br />

fund UK public services.<br />

He said the <strong>City</strong> Corporation is partnering with the<br />

Greater London Authority to build a “new world-class<br />

London Museum” in the former Smithfield market<br />

buildings, creating leading cultural and learning<br />

experiences, and building an “international justice hub”<br />

and future <strong>City</strong> of London Police headquarters through<br />

a new development at Salisbury Square.<br />

He said the <strong>City</strong> Corporation would work to promote<br />

and secure the Square Mile as a “magnetic place that<br />

attracts businesses and people alike, being a successful<br />

and safe area – a world-leading business district and<br />

leisure destination”, with thriving, seven-day-a-week<br />

retail, leisure, and business services.<br />

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

Chairman, Chris Hayward<br />

“Over the next five years,<br />

this plan’s six outcomes<br />

will guide our leadership<br />

at local, London, national,<br />

and international levels and<br />

ultimately ensure everything<br />

we do aligns to our mission<br />

to be world-class.”<br />

<strong>City</strong> of London Corporation Town Clerk and<br />

Chief Executive, Ian Thomas CBE<br />

“The <strong>City</strong> of London<br />

Corporation is a unique<br />

organisation. For 900<br />

years, we’ve served as<br />

custodians of the nation’s<br />

trading centre, the beating<br />

heart of London.”<br />

The Plan was approved following an extensive<br />

engagement process and will be supported by<br />

the <strong>City</strong> Corporation’s first People Strategy.


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Square near Liverpool Street<br />

Station could be renamed<br />

SIR NICHOLAS WINTON HELPED TO BRING HUNDREDS OF<br />

CHILDREN FROM CZECHOSLOVAKIA TO THE UK IN THE 1930S<br />

A SQUARE next to Liverpool Street<br />

Station may be renamed after a<br />

London-based stockbroker who<br />

saved hundreds of Jewish children<br />

from the Nazis. Sir Nicholas<br />

Winton, who died in 2015 and was<br />

the inspiration for the Anthony<br />

Hopkins film One Life, organised<br />

the evacuation of more than 650<br />

children from Czechoslovakia<br />

in the late 1930s, writes Local<br />

Democracy Reporter Ben Lynch.<br />

He had visited Prague in 1938 to<br />

see the camps set up after the area<br />

became overwhelmed with refugees<br />

fleeing the German invasion.<br />

He subsequently asked the British<br />

Government to relax immigration<br />

laws and allow some Czech children<br />

to enter the UK. This was agreed, on<br />

the proviso each child was matched<br />

to a host family, and had £50.<br />

Sir Nicholas Winton and a group<br />

of volunteers, including his mother,<br />

arranged for 669 children to relocate<br />

to the country over the next<br />

few months, finding host families<br />

and raising funds to pay for their<br />

travel.<br />

In recognition of these efforts,<br />

the <strong>City</strong> of London Corporation is<br />

proposing a section of Liverpool<br />

Street, a square next to Liverpool<br />

Street Station, which is where the<br />

children would have journeyed into,<br />

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be renamed the Sir Nicholas Winton<br />

Square. The Sir Nicholas Winton<br />

(LDRS): “We are truly grateful for this<br />

initiative, which will serve as a lasting<br />

impact one individual can make in<br />

the lives of many.”<br />

Memorial Trust, established in 2018 tribute to Sir Nicholas Winton’s The consultation is currently<br />

to store documents and other<br />

memorabilia, has spoken positively<br />

about the plans.<br />

Laurence Winton, the grandson<br />

of Sir Nicholas Winton and a<br />

trustee of the group, told the Local<br />

humanitarian efforts.<br />

“We believe that a permanent<br />

renaming will not only honour<br />

his legacy but will also serve as an<br />

educational landmark. It will remind<br />

passers-by of the virtues of compassion<br />

open, and is due to run until April<br />

25. The film, One Life, was shown<br />

in the UK earlier this year. It starred<br />

Sir Anthony Hopkins as Sir Nicholas<br />

Winton, with Helena Bonham Carter<br />

and Sir Jonathan Pryce also among<br />

Democracy Reporting Service<br />

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cast.<br />

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<strong>City</strong> to recommend plans to replace<br />

Museum of London with office blocks<br />

THE CITY of London has indicated it will<br />

recommend approving the controversial<br />

London Wall West scheme – days before<br />

the public consultation is due to end, writes<br />

Local Democracy Reporter Ben Lynch.<br />

The Corporation issued a letter on April 2 to<br />

‘contributors’ to the proposed redevelopment<br />

project in which it states it will advise<br />

the plans be given the green light, despite<br />

the consultation due to run until April 6.<br />

Campaigners have called on members<br />

to “reject the application for what it is: unfit<br />

for purpose, unworkable, damaging to the<br />

<strong>City</strong>’s reputation and, most alarming of all,<br />

injurious to the future of people and the<br />

planet”.<br />

A <strong>City</strong> of London spokesperson said a<br />

formal recommendation will not be made<br />

until a week prior to the planning committee<br />

meeting on April 17, at which members will<br />

be able to decide for themselves whether<br />

to approve or refuse the proposal.<br />

The <strong>City</strong> is looking to demolish both the<br />

Museum of London and Bastion House,<br />

a 1970s Brutalist office block on the edge<br />

of the Barbican estate, and replace them<br />

with three new buildings between five and<br />

17-storeys tall. A number of public realm<br />

improvements are also to be delivered.<br />

Planning documents detail how the<br />

redevelopment will be less carbon-intensive<br />

over the long-term than retaining the<br />

current buildings, which it says are unwelcoming<br />

and unused. These claims have,<br />

however, been contested by campaigners<br />

against the scheme, who are pushing for<br />

a retrofit and reuse approach and for the<br />

existing buildings to be put to ‘cultural,<br />

creative and educational/learning use’.<br />

Since the proposal went live on the <strong>City</strong>’s<br />

planning portal, which is both applicant<br />

and local authority, hundreds of objections<br />

have been filed, with the potential redevelopment<br />

described as ‘shameful’ and<br />

‘ill-considered’.<br />

Technical difficulties meant the public<br />

consultation’s initial end-date of early<br />

February was extended to April 6. However,<br />

despite it still running at the time of writing,<br />

the Local Democracy Reporting Service<br />

(LDRS) has seen correspondence from<br />

the <strong>City</strong> dated April 2 in which it states its<br />

Chief Planning Officer will recommend<br />

the scheme be approved. A decision is due<br />

to be made at the Planning Applications<br />

Sub-Committee meeting on April 17.<br />

A spokesperson for the Barbican Quarter<br />

Action (BQA) group, which was formed to<br />

fight for ‘responsible’ planning in the <strong>City</strong>,<br />

said: “The story of London Wall West highlights<br />

serious concerns about the custodianship<br />

of the built environment in the <strong>City</strong><br />

as well as a flawed planning consultation<br />

process. It throws light on a system of<br />

governance that appears to play with due<br />

process and ignores significant factors<br />

other than financial gain.<br />

“The <strong>City</strong> of London’s conduct since<br />

the inception of its plans for a mammoth<br />

office development, on a site of immense<br />

heritage significance at London Wall West<br />

and a core part of the Barbican Estate,<br />

reveals a story of questionable governance,<br />

flawed processes, financial incoherence,<br />

cultural vandalism and most notably disregard<br />

for its own policies for urgent climate<br />

action.”<br />

They added the <strong>City</strong> has dumped ‘a<br />

tsunami of additional documents’ onto its<br />

planning portal since extending the public<br />

consultation, and that the platform had<br />

frequently been down, preventing access<br />

to the files.<br />

“Consequently Barbican Quarter Action<br />

hopes that when the Committee sits on<br />

April 17 it will reject the application for<br />

what it is: unfit for purpose, unworkable,<br />

damaging to the <strong>City</strong>’s reputation and,<br />

most alarming of all, injurious to the future<br />

of people and the planet. We continue to<br />

believe that this great <strong>City</strong> can and should<br />

do better and that it should retain and<br />

adapt these fine buildings in line with its<br />

own policies on sustainable development.”<br />

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

said: “No officer recommendation<br />

Image: Jan Marc Petroschka.<br />

has been cast in relation to this planning<br />

application.”<br />

The LDRS previously reported how<br />

the two buildings are to potentially be<br />

occupied by the <strong>City</strong> of London Police<br />

and School for Girls Sixth Form. A spokesperson<br />

for the <strong>City</strong> confirmed it is working<br />

with the <strong>City</strong> of London Police to find ‘an<br />

interim facility’ while Guildhall Yard East is<br />

being refurbished, though that no decision<br />

had been made. They would not comment<br />

on the School for Girls sixth form, currently<br />

located in the Barbican estate, though said<br />

requests had been received to use both of<br />

the buildings.<br />

Opinion: Chris Hayward<br />

<strong>City</strong> of London Corporation launches new five-year Corporate Plan and People Strategy<br />

THE <strong>City</strong> of London is unique. Our blend of<br />

ancient history with modern skyscrapers,<br />

first-class business ecosystem and thriving<br />

residential communities, mean that we are<br />

one of the world’s great cities.<br />

The Square Mile’s story is one of<br />

Image: Jenny Green and<br />

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

evolution – a place that people and firms<br />

the world over have made home. Time and<br />

again, the <strong>City</strong> has proven its resilience, its<br />

adaptability, and its leadership.<br />

Today’s challenges demand that we<br />

rise to this historical standard. We have<br />

problems to solve like economic growth,<br />

the climate crisis, and technological<br />

transformation.<br />

The Square Mile must chart a course<br />

that engages with these big issues because<br />

where the <strong>City</strong> succeeds, our communities<br />

succeed, and the country succeeds.<br />

To support the <strong>City</strong> along the continued<br />

path to success, the <strong>City</strong> of London<br />

Corporation – the governing body of the<br />

Square Mile – has launched its new fiveyear<br />

Corporate Plan and People Strategy.<br />

We have set out our priorities for the<br />

next five years, strengthening areas that<br />

matter across the <strong>City</strong>: our communities,<br />

economic growth, the environment, our<br />

competitiveness, our public services, and<br />

our green spaces.<br />

These priorities are interlinked: better<br />

economic growth will boost the <strong>City</strong>’s<br />

competitiveness and public services, which<br />

strengthens our communities, open spaces,<br />

and environment. Likewise, improving our<br />

environment and open spaces, strengthens<br />

our communities, public services, and<br />

competitiveness, which will provide better<br />

economic growth.<br />

Taken together, our Corporate Plan<br />

and People Strategy are opportunities to<br />

provide a world-class experience for all<br />

those who live, work, learn, and explore<br />

in the Square Mile and use our services<br />

further afield.<br />

We have been guided by the principle<br />

that the Square Mile means many things to<br />

many people.<br />

Locally, the Square Mile is home to<br />

around 8,600 residents and 22,000 businesses.<br />

There are many reasons why<br />

people and firms choose the <strong>City</strong>: we are a<br />

safe and secure place to be, our unrivalled<br />

history and heritage, our cultural offer, and<br />

our leading business network to name just<br />

a few.<br />

Globally, the <strong>City</strong> is the leading light of<br />

commerce, the historic home of financial<br />

and professional services. We are full of<br />

talented people from across the world,<br />

all working to strengthen trade not just<br />

between cities and countries, but across<br />

continents.<br />

Nationally, the Square Mile is the engine<br />

in the economy. A record high 615,000<br />

people work here, covering everything<br />

from food and finance to science and<br />

social media.<br />

And the <strong>City</strong> is a vital partner in the capital’s<br />

success. We work with the boroughs,<br />

<strong>City</strong> Hall, and others, to speak with one<br />

voice, ensuring that London is well represented<br />

both domestically and abroad.<br />

As the custodians of the <strong>City</strong>, we have<br />

a duty to deliver excellence. Whether it is<br />

delivering brilliant basic statutory duties like<br />

any other local authority, or supporting an<br />

unrivalled commercial infrastructure, we<br />

deliver for people.<br />

I do not underestimate the challenges<br />

that lie ahead. But we should relish the<br />

responsibility that comes with being part of<br />

a great global city.<br />

We have a huge contribution to make, so<br />

together, let’s take the <strong>City</strong> into a brighter,<br />

more prosperous, and more sustainable<br />

future for all.


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BUSINESS FOCUS<br />

Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten<br />

Trinity Square, Rotunda Bar and Lounge<br />

INTERVIEW:<br />

MARIE FLEURY<br />

WE sat down with Marie<br />

Fleury, General Manager<br />

at Four Seasons Hotel<br />

London at Ten Trinity<br />

Square. In this interview<br />

we discuss her work at<br />

the hotel, what she admires most about<br />

Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity<br />

Square and her hopes for 2024. Read on<br />

to find out more.<br />

Tell us about yourself and how you<br />

got into the hospitality sector?<br />

I have always been driven by a passion for<br />

making a positive impact on people’s lives<br />

and a desire to explore different cultures.<br />

When I was deciding on a career path, I<br />

didn’t have a specific industry in mind, but<br />

knew I wanted something that would allow<br />

me to travel and connect with people.<br />

A relative of mine who was a pastry chef<br />

in Geneva, and my only connection to<br />

the hospitality sector, suggested I enrol in<br />

hospitality school in Switzerland. I was so<br />

inspired and fascinated by my experience<br />

there, that it confirmed to me instantly that<br />

this is what I wanted to do.<br />

The <strong>City</strong> is full of amazing hotels.<br />

What makes Four Seasons Hotel<br />

London at Ten Trinity Square<br />

unique?<br />

Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity<br />

Square distinguishes itself through the<br />

exceptional care and dedication of our<br />

team, and the ambiance we work tirelessly<br />

to cultivate to ensure each and every guest<br />

has a memorable stay with us.<br />

The hotel is situated within a beautifully<br />

restored, 100 year building with a history<br />

that is truly unique to this part of the city.<br />

In addition to this, we’re proud to provide<br />

guests with a diverse array of experiences<br />

and offers, from the culinary excellence<br />

of our restaurants which includes two<br />

Michelin-starred La Dame de Pic London,<br />

Mei Ume and Rotunda Bar and Lounge, to<br />

our tranquil spa and wellness facilities and<br />

expansive guest rooms, suites and longstay<br />

residences.<br />

Talk us through the experience<br />

that guests can expect with an<br />

overnight stay at Four Seasons<br />

Hotel London at Ten Trinity<br />

Square?<br />

Guests of the hotel can expect to be<br />

welcomed warmly like family, and enjoy<br />

the royal treatment from the moment they<br />

enter the building. We have many repeat<br />

guests who express that they experience a<br />

genuine sense of a home away from home<br />

when staying with us.<br />

What do you love most about<br />

Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten<br />

Trinity Square?<br />

There is really so much to love about this<br />

hotel. I have a huge amount of respect<br />

and admiration for our passionate team,<br />

whose care for our guests is at the forefront<br />

of everything they do. I’minspired<br />

by the building’s splendour, which had<br />

been meticulously restored to preserve<br />

its historical significance, and the diversity<br />

of experiences on offer within. It is truly<br />

a jewel in the crown of the Four Seasons<br />

hotel portfolio.<br />

What are the characteristics of a<br />

successful General Manager?<br />

First and foremost, it’s critical to foster a<br />

culture of support and enjoyment amongst<br />

staff, to ensure they enjoy the work they’re<br />

doing. Hospitality is an industry of the heart<br />

and without a happy and fulfilled team, no<br />

hotel will get very far. This goes hand in<br />

hand with guest satisfaction, which I also<br />

consider a key measure of success. We can<br />

learn so much from positive and constructive<br />

feedback, and it’s important to take the<br />

time to consider what our guests are saying<br />

closely. It is also very important to ensure<br />

our ownership company is satisfied with<br />

the way we manage their asset.<br />

These things take a great degree of<br />

tenacity, patience and thorough commitment<br />

to achieve on top of managing the<br />

day-to-day operations of a luxury hotel.<br />

Talk us through your biggest<br />

achievements?<br />

Being appointed to my first General<br />

Manager position here at Four Seasons<br />

Ten Trintiy Square has been a significant<br />

achievement for me, and something I’ve<br />

built upon a lifetime of hard work. I’m<br />

especially proud of this as I feel I’m a living<br />

testament to those who have warned me<br />

that it’s not possible to have a normal life in<br />

a position like mine.<br />

I want to dispel the misconception that<br />

it’s not possible to be married with children<br />

and be a General Manager, although it<br />

does require sacrifice, perseverance and<br />

patience. I want to give hope to other<br />

aspiring women in hospitality who are<br />

made to feel its inaccessible or that they<br />

won’t have a fulfilling personal life. If you<br />

set yourself a dream, you can get there.<br />

What are the biggest challenges<br />

you face and how do you<br />

overcome them?<br />

Managing work-life remains a perpetual<br />

challenge, but one that can be mitigated<br />

by fostering a cohesive and supportive<br />

team. This became particularly apparently<br />

as we began to rebuild post- COVID, and<br />

we were able to achieve great momentum<br />

as everyone began to align. Another<br />

challenge we face is the extremely tough<br />

competition we face in the industry, in a<br />

vibrant city like London. We distinguish<br />

ourself from the competition through the<br />

light-hearted luxury hospitality that guests<br />

enjoy in our hotel, and the distinctive and<br />

excellent offering across our restaurants,<br />

bars and spa.<br />

Which other hotels in the <strong>City</strong> do<br />

you think are fabulous?<br />

In the city of London, properties such as<br />

Rosewood and The Ned stand out as<br />

vibrant and exceptional contenders. Each<br />

offers a distinct ambiance that contributes<br />

to the <strong>City</strong>’s diverse hospitality landscape.<br />

What advice would you give to any<br />

aspiring General Managers?<br />

I would encourage aspiring General<br />

Managers to believe in their capabilities,<br />

and recognise the incredible opportunities<br />

for growth and enrichment within<br />

this fascinating industry. The multifaceted<br />

nature of the role means that no two days<br />

are the same, and you’ll be able to try your<br />

hand at so many different areas of the business<br />

- from sales and marketing to rooms,<br />

finance, food and beverage and more.<br />

Also… I highly recommend joining Four<br />

Seasons, as the company is expanding<br />

so rapidly and there are so many exciting<br />

prospects available within the company!<br />

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

Our primary focus for 2024 is to align with<br />

the company’s new and robust strategic<br />

vision, while consolidating everything we’ve<br />

worked to achieve over the past two years<br />

following the hotel closure during Covid.<br />

We’re really looking forward to continuing<br />

to deliver the excellence synonymous with<br />

the Four Seasons brand, and having fun<br />

while we’re at it.


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PARTNER CONTENT<br />

ELEVATED VENUE FOR LARGE CONFERENCES<br />

AND EVENTS NOW OPEN IN THE CITY<br />

CONVENE SANCROFT, ST. PAUL’S CAN ACCOMMODATE UP TO 1,200 GUESTS<br />

IF you fancy a change of scenery<br />

from your office or the typical hotel<br />

ballroom space, finding somewhere<br />

suitable for your most important team<br />

gatherings and in-person events can<br />

be tricky. Does the space meet your<br />

requirements? Do you have to pay for extra<br />

technology? What food will be suitable for<br />

your guests, and who will prepare it?<br />

Cue Convene, a network of<br />

one-stop-shop venues in London.<br />

Convene is a global hospitality company<br />

that designs and manages premium<br />

meeting, event, and flexible office spaces,<br />

and is celebrating the grand opening of its<br />

newest UK venue, Convene Sancroft, St.<br />

Paul’s this month.<br />

Located in Paternoster Square in the <strong>City</strong><br />

of London, this expansive new venue spans<br />

45,000 square feet across two floors and<br />

can accommodate a total of up to 1,200<br />

guests. The space is ideal for major conferences<br />

with large main-stage sessions and<br />

breakouts, trade shows, exhibitions, or<br />

large corporate receptions.<br />

Anyone who plans conferences and<br />

events knows how important it is to find<br />

the perfect location - one with enough<br />

space, great food, and technology that<br />

actually works. What you’ll find at Convene<br />

Sancroft, St. Paul’s is all of this and more:<br />

• Seven unique meeting spaces - each<br />

of which can be custom-configured to<br />

accommodate various event types;<br />

• Robust gallery space for networking and<br />

food breaks;<br />

• Unlimited snack and beverage stations<br />

throughout the space for attendees;<br />

• And café seating to enjoy meals prepared<br />

by a Convene Executive Chef.<br />

The centerpiece of the venue is unquestionably<br />

the 900-person grand hall, the<br />

largest space within the Convene global<br />

portfolio of brands, and the largest single<br />

above-ground meeting room in the <strong>City</strong> of<br />

London.<br />

Convene Sancroft, St. Paul’s was designed<br />

in partnership with acclaimed architecture<br />

and design firm Woods Bagot and was<br />

inspired by the Elizabethan era. Key design<br />

elements include:<br />

• A bar made from elegant marble from<br />

Northern Italy;<br />

• Columns reminiscent of those in the<br />

surrounding Paternoster Square to break<br />

Photos courtesy of Convene / By Jack Hobhouse<br />

up and frame built-in seating and snack<br />

bar elements;<br />

• Floating ceiling timber rafts boasting<br />

a quintessential Elizabethan diamond<br />

pattern;<br />

• Bold moments of color through the furniture<br />

elements and lighting fixtures;<br />

• Varying floor finishes including a basket<br />

weave-inspired timber floor at reception<br />

and carpets with detailed tapestry and<br />

textile feel;<br />

• And floral wallpapers and fabrics<br />

throughout.<br />

Convene recently acquired the storied<br />

UK event company etc.venues and now<br />

has a combined 14 venues across the<br />

UK, including in London, Birmingham,<br />

and Manchester. As a hospitality-oriented<br />

meeting and event provider, Convene<br />

venues include everything needed for a<br />

turnkey conference or event, including:<br />

• A dedicated hospitality team that provides<br />

full-service event production resources<br />

• Meeting and event spaces designed to<br />

maximize collaboration and productivity,<br />

each of which can also be customconfigured<br />

to accommodate various<br />

event types and sizes<br />

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

executive chefs with a focus on providing<br />

delicious and nutritious meals and snacks<br />

meant to energize and invigorate<br />

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

of high-resolution projection screens,<br />

built-in cameras and microphones for a<br />

seamless hybrid experience, and top-ofthe-line<br />

theater-lighting systems<br />

Convene Sancroft, St. Paul’s<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 favors, step-andrepeats<br />

and branded signage, and more<br />

At Convene and etc.venues, you can always<br />

expect premium hospitality, with food and<br />

technology handled in-house.<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.


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ARTS & CULTURE<br />

ANDREW PIERRE HART<br />

BIO-DATA FLOWS AND OTHER RHYTHMS - A LOCAL STORY<br />

BETHAN Putnam interviews<br />

Andrew Pierre Hart<br />

on his new exhibition,<br />

Bio-Data Flows and Other<br />

Rhythms – A Local Story. The<br />

exhibition runs until 7 July<br />

2024 at Whitechapel Gallery.<br />

Tell us a bit about the exhibition.<br />

‘Bio-Data Flows and Other Rhythms –<br />

A Local Story’ is a multi-layered show<br />

that explores ideas and experiences<br />

whilst in the Whitechapel area. Drawing<br />

on a conversation with a local restaurant<br />

worker most of the ideas were generated<br />

from this conversation. Painting, mural,<br />

sculpture and video and sound all work<br />

together to create an installation. The<br />

show thinks through information and<br />

stats and reconfigures them into an<br />

installation that speaks of the process of<br />

thinking that is the show – an example<br />

of this in the painting Bio-Data Flows<br />

– Tower Hamlets Ward. The painting<br />

utilises population statistics, flags and<br />

the map of Whitechapel as the structure<br />

and abstracted visual for the painting.<br />

Why did you choose<br />

Whitechapel as the focus of the<br />

exhibition?<br />

As I stepped out of the station to meet<br />

the director Gilane Tawadros to discuss<br />

the show, the initial rhythm and tempo<br />

of Whitechapel High St, with its big city<br />

skyscrapers, modernist architecture and<br />

local feel, instantly inspired me as my<br />

research sparked by the conversation, the<br />

histories began to unfold and when learning<br />

that Whitechapel was the 1st place a lot of<br />

travelling, sea-faring and emigrated people<br />

lived, worked and built lives. This was the<br />

first place people of Caribbean and African<br />

heritage would have lived in the UK.<br />

Please could you walk us through<br />

the process of creating the<br />

soundscape that accompanies the<br />

visual artwork?<br />

The soundscape/soundtrack from the film<br />

is an exploration of sound and my particular<br />

interest in experimental sound and<br />

recording practices. From the sound of the<br />

train that runs through the underbelly of<br />

Whitechapel Gallery to the quiet noise of<br />

streets at night, the soundscape attempts to<br />

take you through a journey of sounds and<br />

rhythms that spill out as I move around<br />

Whitechapel. I have also composed electronic<br />

rhythmic works to create the intensity<br />

of the hustle and bustle as well as a nod to<br />

alternative music scenes that have been<br />

part of a wider music culture that took<br />

over, like the graffiti in the streets of the<br />

surrounding area. Acoustic instruments,<br />

sax by blue cloud and a clarinet solo by<br />

Shabaka offer meditative times and odes to<br />

London streets.<br />

What would you like for visitors to<br />

take away from the exhibition?<br />

I had a recent conversation around the<br />

structure of language and the way it guides<br />

our thinking and the way we engage. It’s<br />

more about what the viewers bring also.<br />

The show is now open for a week and to<br />

brilliant moments. 1) Two small families<br />

were sat together on the ground, drawing<br />

the mural peacefully, enjoying the time<br />

together. 2) Three generations of a family<br />

were sitting watching the film. These<br />

moments that people bring to the work are<br />

important to me and also to the ethos of<br />

the gallery. I want people to know that<br />

they are welcome to explore their local<br />

gallery.<br />

Did you have a favourite part of<br />

the process when creating the<br />

exhibition?<br />

Researching Whitechapel through lived<br />

experience of walking, taking, hanging out,<br />

late night walks to explore the different<br />

tempos, light and architecture, this was very<br />

valuable; having time to explore but also to<br />

have a wide-range of research tools and<br />

putting those at play – the ears, eyes and<br />

memory as data-capture interests me<br />

particularly as I teach. The making of the<br />

mural was a meditative time spent with two<br />

other artists/students Sondliwe and Afoditi<br />

– three days of Jazz fm, eating together,<br />

conversation and focus time on drawing<br />

the ebbs and flows between quiet, conversation,<br />

laughing and supporting was and<br />

is as much the art for the viewer as the art<br />

for us.<br />

What challenges have you faced<br />

while creating the exhibition, and<br />

how did you overcome them?<br />

Time was of the essence – good scheduling,<br />

timetabling and organisation from<br />

us all helped to actually have a smooth and<br />

well-timed install. I travelled a bit last<br />

year for shows all organised before I was<br />

commissioned, I had to work around and<br />

with that, the video was produced and the<br />

texts written whilst abroad, this all had to be<br />

factored in – in a way travelling at the same<br />

time as working on the show, I consider<br />

still part of the show, you can see this in<br />

clips that show a wider relation to the work<br />

– visual connections in Barbados, Taiwan,<br />

Lagos and Italy.<br />

Which other artists inspire you?<br />

I have a staple of artists who never<br />

put a foot wrong with the work they do and<br />

even when they shift it’s just me having to<br />

catch up and I find this particularly with<br />

one of my favourites Chris Ofili and the list<br />

starts there:<br />

• Hurvin Anderson<br />

• Kerry James Marshall<br />

• Alvaro Barrington<br />

• Peter Doig<br />

• Frank Bowling<br />

• Oscar Murillo<br />

• Simeon Barclay<br />

• Jennifer Packer<br />

• Sonia Boyce<br />

• Barbara Walker<br />

• Torkwase Dyson<br />

• Alma Thomas<br />

• Helen Frankenthaler<br />

• Larry Achiampong<br />

• Christian Marclay<br />

What’s in the pipeline for the rest<br />

of 2024?<br />

I will be in a group show at Lisson<br />

Gallery and Gallery 1957, both in London.<br />

Also in talks with a couple of potential<br />

shows.<br />

A podcast coming with San Clemente<br />

with Grace Bailey – it’s a very warm conversation<br />

on all sorts of topics – think a good<br />

conversation of tea or coffee (although I<br />

drink neither).<br />

An interview with Francesca Gavin on<br />

NTS radio at the end of March.<br />

And finally, alongside the screening<br />

event at Whitechapel, there will be a durational<br />

sound event at least six hours where<br />

Remer Cier and I will explore sound that<br />

relates to the area and more.


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FOOD & DRINK<br />

BURGER TIME<br />

IN THE CITY<br />

BY ANGELA SHARDA<br />

•6 Maiden Lane WCE2 7NA<br />

fattpundit.co.uk/soho/<br />

Jugad<br />

A wonderful spot for lunch nestled in Broadgate<br />

Circle that deserves to be tried this<br />

month is Jugad. If you’re looking for a casual<br />

spot to get your Indian food fix during your<br />

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

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

place 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 just<br />

Cinnamon Kitchen<br />

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

lunch break then the aloo gobi wrap is a great<br />

shout. The naan bread is generously filled<br />

with potatoes and cauliflower with spices that<br />

are wonderfully balanced. However, if you’re<br />

more of a meat lover then the chicken wrap<br />

is a fantastic choice. Not only does this spot<br />

offer great value for money but also gives<br />

diners a chance to grab some authentic<br />

Indian food during their lunch break. One to<br />

check out this month.<br />

•1 Finsbury Avenue EC2M 2PF<br />

jugadstreetfood.com<br />

WHO doesn’t love a good burger?<br />

Whether it’s beef or chicken – we’ve got<br />

you covered. Here’s our pick of the finest<br />

burger joints in the <strong>City</strong>.<br />

Boom Bap Burger<br />

If you’ve been to Leadenhall Market you’ll<br />

know that there are no shortage of food<br />

joints to try. Boom Bap Burger delivers on<br />

hearty burgers that not only taste delicious<br />

but are also perfect for those social media<br />

shots. But Boom Bap Burger doesn’t stop<br />

at just burgers. For sides, be sure to check<br />

out the onion rings or the cheesy fries -<br />

both are a fantastic choice. The chicken<br />

wings here are also fabulous and are<br />

generously portioned. The staff at Boom<br />

Bap Burger are attentive, friendly and pay<br />

close attention to detail. The team at <strong>City</strong><br />

<strong>Matters</strong> highly recommends this burger<br />

joint as one to be added to your list for the<br />

next time that you are craving a delicious<br />

burger in the heart of the <strong>City</strong>.<br />

•Leadenhall Market EC3V 1LR<br />

boombapburger.com<br />

Honest Burgers<br />

As you’ll notice there are a fair few Honest<br />

Burger joints dotted around the <strong>City</strong>.<br />

Whether you’re in the mood for a smashed<br />

beef patty or the buffalo chicken - this<br />

restaurant does cater to all your burger<br />

dreams. The casual feel of this burger joint<br />

does really make you feel comfortable,<br />

quite easily. The customer service is also<br />

fantastic. You simply can’t go wrong with<br />

Honest Burgers - whether it’s a casual date<br />

night or you’re meeting friends after work,<br />

this burger spot really does hit the spot.<br />

•12 Widegate Street E1 7HP<br />

honestburgers.co.uk<br />

Shake Shack<br />

Whether you’re grabbing a quick bite at<br />

lunch or meeting friends in the evening<br />

- you need to check out Shake Shack.<br />

Situated a short walk from Mansion House<br />

Station this food joint is super casual but<br />

perfect for getting your burger fix. They<br />

host a mouthwatering menu of burgers,<br />

hot dogs, fries, and shakes. If you’re a<br />

cheese lover then the cheesy fries need<br />

to be tried. The milkshakes at Shake Shack<br />

are incredible and they have a great selection.<br />

This is a wonderful burger joint in the<br />

<strong>City</strong> that won’t disappoint next time you’re<br />

craving a mouthful of deliciousness.<br />

•45 Cannon Street EC4M 9AL<br />

shakeshack.com<br />

All images courtesy of each venue<br />

Brigadiers<br />

Boom Bap Burgers<br />

Credit: Matthew Lisle


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Step over our threshold, deep in the heart of the <strong>City</strong> of London, and let us show you around one of the<br />

United Kingdom’s most elegant interiors. Our great Livery Hall, reception rooms, and tranquil outdoor<br />

spaces make Drapers’ Hall a very special place for weddings, banquets, private dinners, cocktail parties,<br />

and corporate events. The venue can comfortably hold up to 700 guests for a standing reception when<br />

using all rooms, 276 for a seated dinner, and 350 for theatre-style presentations or concerts.<br />

This makes Drapers’ Hall the perfect location for all types of events.<br />

Call us on 020 7448 1324 or email us at events@thedrapers.co.uk<br />

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ARTS & CULTURE<br />

SPRING has officially arrived.<br />

Whether you’re looking for<br />

something to do with the kids<br />

or you want to plan a day out<br />

with a loved one. Here’s a list of<br />

some wonderful things to do in<br />

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

SPRING IN THE CITY<br />

Something for the cultural<br />

connoisseur<br />

Whether you’re a history buff or a cultural<br />

connoisseur, the <strong>City</strong>’s iconic heritage and<br />

world-class arts and cultural scene delivers<br />

a rich programme of activities. Explore<br />

London through a fresh perspective at the<br />

Kaleidoscope/London exhibition at Guildhall<br />

Art Gallery; uncover Roman history<br />

that’s over 2,000 years old right under the<br />

<strong>City</strong>’s streets, or find out where some of the<br />

world’s most famous literary pioneers lived.<br />

• Hear beautiful music in historic locations:<br />

Discover concerts across the <strong>City</strong><br />

including <strong>City</strong> Music Foundation’s monthly<br />

lunchtime concerts at magnificent Livery<br />

Halls each month, and Temple Music’s<br />

regular concerts in the stunning Temple<br />

Church and Middle Temple Hall. Events<br />

include an exquisite lunchtime concert<br />

by soprano singer, Caroline Taylor and<br />

internationally acclaimed pianists, Roger<br />

Vignoles giving a special recital at the<br />

ornate Goldsmith’s Hall on 26 March.<br />

• Billingsgate Roman House and Baths:<br />

Reopening for public tours in April, visit<br />

the curious old pathways beneath the<br />

Square Mile and discover the rich Roman<br />

history surviving 2,000 years of buildings,<br />

fires and bombings. Public tours take<br />

place every Saturday from April at 101<br />

Lower Thames Street.<br />

• Follow in the footsteps of famous<br />

writers: Visit Dr Johnson’s House, the<br />

place Dr Samuel Johnson, the writer and<br />

wit, lived and worked in the mid-18th<br />

century, compiling his great Dictionary<br />

of the English Language. To continue the<br />

literary theme, join guided walking tours<br />

with official <strong>City</strong> of London Guides, or<br />

pick up self-guided walks from the <strong>City</strong><br />

Information Centre (opposite St Paul’s<br />

Cathedral) to follow in the footsteps of<br />

Charles Dickens and Shakespeare.<br />

• Free outdoor installations: From 10 April<br />

until 18 August, Purple Hibiscus - an<br />

ambitious new commission created in<br />

collaboration with hundreds of craftspeople<br />

from Tamale in Ghana and artist<br />

Ibrahim Mahama - will transform the<br />

Barbican’s Lakeside Terrace as colossal<br />

panels of pink and purple fabric are fitted<br />

to the exterior. The commission forms<br />

part of the ‘Unravel: The Power & Politics<br />

of Textiles in Art’ exhibition (13 Feb – 26<br />

May) at the Barbican Centre.<br />

Outdoor spaces for a spot of<br />

spring sun<br />

If you’re looking to soak up the spring sun,<br />

why not dine al fresco on the sunken lawn<br />

at Festival Garden next to St Paul’s Cathedral,<br />

step into a secret garden in church<br />

ruins at St Dunstan or visit the tropical oasis<br />

at the Barbican Conservatory.<br />

• Festival Gardens: Perch for a picnic in<br />

the sunken lawn and listen to the trickling<br />

fountain at the beautiful Festival Gardens<br />

against the iconic St Paul’s Cathedral<br />

backdrop.<br />

• St Dunstan in the East Church Garden:<br />

Step into the secret garden of these<br />

church ruins with award-winning landscaping<br />

of lush foliage and twisting<br />

branches to frame dozens of Instagramworthy<br />

pics. See if you can capture that<br />

perfect ‘past meets future’ shot of The<br />

Shard spied through an ancient archway.<br />

• Postman’s Park: One of the <strong>City</strong>’s largest<br />

open spaces, Postman’s Park harbours<br />

a fascinating history, part of which can<br />

be discovered in the Memorial to Heroic<br />

Self-Sacrifice. Located between King<br />

Edward Street and Aldersgate Street.<br />

• Barbican Conservatory: Step into the<br />

tropical paradise bursting with life within<br />

the iconic brutalist architecture of the<br />

Barbican Centre. The second biggest<br />

conservatory in London is free to enter<br />

but tickets must be booked in advance.<br />

• Sky Garden: Visit the capital’s highest<br />

public garden and experience epic views<br />

of London and enjoy a drink from its<br />

two bars and two restaurants. Visiting is<br />

free but spaces are limited and must be<br />

booked in advance.<br />

• <strong>City</strong> in Bloom: Discover <strong>City</strong> Gardens<br />

and green spaces bursting with colourful<br />

flowers. With 180 green spaces across<br />

the <strong>City</strong>, there’s a wide range of places to<br />

explore and relax. Find perfect pink cherry<br />

blossom in March in Aldgate Square<br />

and outside St Paul’s Cathedral; elegant<br />

magnolias at St Mary Aldermanbury<br />

Gardens (late March to early April). bright<br />

red and pink Tree Peonies in Cleary<br />

Gardens); and for purple Wisteria in May,<br />

head for St Paul’s Cathedral Churchyard<br />

Gardens, or go up to the outdoor rooftop<br />

Garden at 120.<br />

Family Fun<br />

Keeping the kids entertained is easy with<br />

an array of family-friendly activities across<br />

the Square Mile. Whether it’s coming fact<br />

to face with the larger-than-life animals at<br />

the Wild Babies exhibition, special screenings<br />

at the Family Film Club at the Barbican,<br />

or exploring renowned history with the<br />

Children’s Trail – there’s something for the<br />

whole family!<br />

• <strong>City</strong> of London Children’s Trail: Step into<br />

a realm where history meets modernity<br />

as you explore the <strong>City</strong> of London with<br />

the Children’s Trail map. Find your free<br />

Children’s Trail Map & stickers from the<br />

<strong>City</strong> Information Centre near St Paul’s<br />

Cathedral for an interactive family<br />

experience.<br />

• Wild About Babies outdoor statues:<br />

Experience the magic of larger-than-life<br />

animal statues at Paternoster Square.<br />

Witness gorillas, hippos, elephants, and<br />

more come to life in this captivating<br />

free exhibition by artists Gillie and Marc.<br />

The installation is on display all year until<br />

January 2025.<br />

• Sculpture in the <strong>City</strong>: Delve into the<br />

beauty of outdoor artworks with Sculpture<br />

in the <strong>City</strong> around the eastern side of the<br />

Lakeside Terrace, Barbican Centre, Photo by Dion Barrett<br />

<strong>City</strong>. Families can download a special<br />

family map for extra activities and fun<br />

while you follow the trail. The 12th Edition<br />

artworks will be in place until April 2024.<br />

• Family Film Club at the Barbican:<br />

Experience enchanting screenings and<br />

drawing demos at Barbican’s Family Film<br />

Club every Saturday morning.<br />

• F1 Arcade: Ignite your sense of adventure<br />

with the thrilling F1 Arcade. Experience<br />

the glamour and excitement of Formula<br />

1® with bespoke full-motion racing<br />

simulators, delicious food, and an electric<br />

atmosphere. The perfect venue for<br />

a family gaming experience until 6pm,<br />

with an 18+ age policy after. Located at<br />

One New Change.<br />

• Second Saturday – Free Family Activities:<br />

A monthly programme of family activities<br />

at Guildhall Art Gallery with different<br />

themes each month may have you<br />

heading into the Roman Amphitheatre<br />

and hearing tales of Roman conquests or<br />

creating crafts from the Victorian paintings<br />

surrounding you.<br />

• The War of the World’s Immersive<br />

Experience: Experience a Martian<br />

Invasion in London with this interactive<br />

adventure packed with sensory moments,<br />

VR and AR technology, volumetric holograms<br />

and immersive theatre. Live actors,<br />

virtual reality and iconic music recreating<br />

24 interactive scenes.


TEST YOUR BRAINPOWER<br />

No. 5493<br />

Quiz Challenge<br />

1. Profiteroles are made from<br />

which type of pastry?<br />

2. Who won Celebrity MasterChef<br />

2023?<br />

3. David Bowie changed his<br />

previous name in 1966 to avoid<br />

having the same name as<br />

which other British pop star?<br />

4. Footballer Hugo Lloris was a<br />

goalkeeper for which Premier<br />

League football club?<br />

5. If you were looking at Edvard<br />

Munch’s famous painting The<br />

Scream, which city would you<br />

be in?<br />

1<br />

7<br />

9<br />

12<br />

14<br />

17<br />

21<br />

20<br />

24<br />

22<br />

1<br />

7<br />

9<br />

10<br />

11<br />

17<br />

20<br />

25<br />

23<br />

29<br />

29<br />

32<br />

CRYPTIC CROSSWORD<br />

2<br />

10<br />

2 3<br />

11<br />

17<br />

21<br />

QUICK CROSSWORD<br />

2<br />

21<br />

11<br />

12<br />

3<br />

22<br />

31<br />

SOLUTIONS<br />

3<br />

8<br />

14<br />

11<br />

19<br />

28<br />

EASY SUDOKU HARD SUDOKU<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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26<br />

13<br />

C<br />

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25<br />

12<br />

S<br />

I<br />

24<br />

11<br />

Q<br />

P<br />

23<br />

10<br />

D<br />

B<br />

22<br />

9<br />

J<br />

W<br />

21<br />

8<br />

3<br />

15<br />

4<br />

18<br />

27<br />

30<br />

33<br />

X<br />

N<br />

20<br />

7<br />

10<br />

13<br />

26<br />

U<br />

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19<br />

6<br />

4<br />

13<br />

16<br />

5<br />

8<br />

22<br />

23<br />

K<br />

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6. Middlemarch, Silas Marner and<br />

Daniel Deronda are classic<br />

novels by which English<br />

author?<br />

7. Which character in the TV<br />

cartoon series Wacky Races<br />

had the catchphrase ‘Drat, and<br />

double drat’?<br />

8. The Golfe Du Lion is in which<br />

sea?<br />

9. Who directed the classic film<br />

Some Like it Hot?<br />

10. Which order of mammals is<br />

classified as cetaceans?<br />

18<br />

5<br />

15<br />

14<br />

H<br />

F<br />

17<br />

4<br />

5<br />

8<br />

6<br />

10<br />

24<br />

Y<br />

M<br />

16<br />

3<br />

11<br />

18<br />

13<br />

15<br />

G<br />

Z<br />

15<br />

2<br />

6<br />

7<br />

E<br />

A<br />

28<br />

14<br />

1<br />

12<br />

19<br />

14<br />

16<br />

ACROSS<br />

FIVE ALIVE<br />

NL AE WT LI NY<br />

IA OA EI<br />

UC ON IM MO AN<br />

EG EN TR<br />

RH AU NT GC HS<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 />

5. I had left the point, being<br />

lazy (4)<br />

7. Vague idea of a favourable<br />

effect (10)<br />

8. Mary upset a large number (4)<br />

9. Builder, perhaps, in swindle<br />

with farm vehicle (10)<br />

12. Stuff for a heavy meal (6)<br />

13. At height of activity large<br />

number make a mark outside<br />

South American capital (6)<br />

14. Radioactive combination of<br />

mud and air (6)<br />

16. Tom will bite the mint-like<br />

plant (6)<br />

17. Glowing tin on the way<br />

down (10)<br />

20. Record and 1 Down make up<br />

the design (4)<br />

21. Skilled worker and a trainee<br />

operating without thought<br />

(10)<br />

22. Actual existence in<br />

essence (4)<br />

NONAGRAM:<br />

envier; envoi; erosive; even; ever; eversion; give;<br />

given; giver; govern; grieve; grove; inverse; nerve;<br />

névé; never; ogive; oven; over; ovine; reeving;<br />

reive; renvoi; revise; rive; riven; rove; roving; serve;<br />

serving; servo; seven; sever; severing; sieve;<br />

soever; SOVEREIGN; veer; veering; vein; verge;<br />

verse; versin; version; verso; vine; vino; vireo; visor.<br />

CROSS CODE<br />

ACROSS<br />

1. Short<br />

narrative (8)<br />

6. Infant (4)<br />

8. Pair (3)<br />

9. Secretly (2,6)<br />

10. Rotate (4)<br />

12. Fill up (5)<br />

14. Drills (5)<br />

17. Dull pain (4)<br />

18. Strand (8)<br />

20. Data<br />

processor (8)<br />

24. Secure (4)<br />

25. Surrender (5)<br />

26. Pert (5)<br />

29. Skin<br />

condition (4)<br />

30. Cause fear in (8)<br />

31. Move quickly (3)<br />

32. Burden (4)<br />

33. Trodden<br />

underfoot (8)<br />

Across – Newly; Comma; Rungs.<br />

Down – Nicer; Women; Years.<br />

Across – Latin; Union; Hatch.<br />

Down – Laugh; Taint; Ninth.<br />

(2)<br />

FIVE ALIVE:<br />

(1)<br />

Clockwise from top left – divide;<br />

multiply; subtract; add. Total: 3.<br />

EQUALISER:<br />

DOWN<br />

DOWN<br />

2. Not any (4)<br />

3. Pure (6)<br />

4. Singular<br />

occurence (3-3)<br />

5. Dutch cheese (4)<br />

6. Lowest part (6)<br />

7. Sterile (6)<br />

11. Decorative (5)<br />

12. Dishonour (5)<br />

13. Ball game (5)<br />

14. Rotten (3)<br />

15. Pass along (5)<br />

16. Precipitous (5)<br />

19. Unopened<br />

flower (3)<br />

21. Container for<br />

lubricant (6)<br />

22. Gripping tool (6)<br />

23. Basket-making<br />

material (6)<br />

24. Stint (6)<br />

27. Rave (4)<br />

28. Clarified<br />

butter (4)<br />

EQUALISER<br />

12 4<br />

15 5 1<br />

6 2<br />

4 7 8<br />

1 5<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. Record that one note is the<br />

same as the previous (4)<br />

2. Sign inviting entrance to<br />

shop (4)<br />

3. Prisoner’s welcome break? (6)<br />

4. Nothing in part I see, say,<br />

relating to living organisms (6)<br />

5. Despite lacking skill in school<br />

subject, one’s to get right<br />

mark almost (10)<br />

6. Left copy of restriction (10)<br />

10. Atrocious violation is nothing<br />

to us (10)<br />

11. Presumably one will not get<br />

into a financial mess with it<br />

(4,6)<br />

15. Chess pieces getting over<br />

one threat (6)<br />

16. Somehow cares about<br />

including a Roman (6)<br />

18. Fruit quietly left for<br />

everyone (4)<br />

19. Cultivate source of money in<br />

shop (4)<br />

NONAGRAM<br />

G I N<br />

S V E<br />

R O E<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 />

25 Good; 29 Very Good;<br />

34 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 Anecdote; 6 Baby; 8 Duo; 9 In camera; 10 Turn;<br />

12 Stuff; 14 Bores; 17 Ache; 18 Filament; 20 Computer; 24<br />

Safe; 25 Yield; 26 Saucy; 29 Acne; 30 Affright; 31 Run; 32<br />

Onus; 33 Trampled.<br />

Down – 2 None; 3 Chaste; 4 One-off; 5 Edam; 6 Bottom; 7<br />

Barren; 11 Fancy; 12 Shame; 13 Fives; 14 Bad; 15 Relay; 16<br />

Steep; 19 Bud; 21 Oilcan; 22 Pliers; 23 Raffia; 24 Scrimp; 27<br />

Rant; 28 Ghee.<br />

CRYPTIC CROSSWORD:<br />

Across – 5 Idle; 7 Impression; 8 Army; 9 Contractor; 12<br />

Stodge; 13 Climax; 14 Radium; 16 Catnip; 17 Candescent;<br />

20 Logo; 21 Mechanical; 22 Esse.<br />

Down – 1 Disc; 2 Open; 3 Escape; 4 Biotic; 5 Inartistic; 6<br />

Limitation; 10 Outrageous; 11 Tidy income; 15 Menace; 16<br />

Caesar; 18 Each; 19 Till.<br />

QUIZ CHALLENGE: 1 Choux pastry; 2 Wynne Evans ; 3 David Jones, of the Monkees; 4 Tottenham Hotspur; 5<br />

Oslo; 6 George Eliot; 7 Dick Dastardly; 8 The Mediterranean; 9 Billy Wilder; 10 Whales, dolphins and porpoises.<br />

EASY<br />

HARD<br />

CROSS CODE<br />

14 24 25 1 13 1 26 5 12 5 26<br />

1 10 12 8 1 12 3 26 17<br />

4 13 11 10 3 14 13 26 11 11<br />

6 13 11 24 26 1 26 11 25<br />

22 14 24 14 20 14 24 13 18<br />

11 12 11 24 24 17 5 14 25 1 7<br />

24 2 14 5 22 13 14<br />

1 12 14 7 14 8 24 25 19 10 24<br />

10 23 7 19 25 13 14 19 24<br />

10 5 12 5 19 24 3 1 9<br />

14 1 11 26 14 3 19 15 13 11<br />

1 9 21 19 12 14 14 24 11<br />

12 1 14 3 14 12 15 14 7 25 16<br />

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ<br />

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

M<br />

14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23<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 />

11 12 13<br />

I<br />

24 25 26<br />

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

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

8 6 9 3 7<br />

3 1 7 9 8<br />

1 3 6 5<br />

9 7 1<br />

4 5 7 6<br />

7 2 8 9<br />

6 7 5 1<br />

1 4<br />

4 2 5 3<br />

3 9 2 1<br />

2 3<br />

9 8 7 5<br />

4<br />

7 6 4 8<br />

3 2 8<br />

5 6 3<br />

4 2 6 1<br />

S<br />

© Sirius Media Services Ltd.


What is the <strong>City</strong> of London Corporation?<br />

8,600<br />

residents<br />

living in the<br />

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

1 in 52 UK workers are<br />

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

Outstanding<br />

social care, education and<br />

life-long learning services<br />

Welcoming millions of<br />

visitors to the Square<br />

Mile each year<br />

Read<br />

the full<br />

corporate<br />

plan here<br />

614,500 workers in the <strong>City</strong> of London<br />

The <strong>City</strong> of London Corporation is the governing body<br />

of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving<br />

<strong>City</strong>, supporting a diverse and sustainable London<br />

within a globally-successful UK.<br />

The <strong>City</strong> Corporation looks after the <strong>City</strong> of London (‘the<br />

<strong>City</strong>’ or ‘Square Mile’) on behalf of all who live, study,<br />

work, and visit; providing modern, efficient, and highquality<br />

local services and policing for all.<br />

We have a long history, a unique constitution, our own<br />

Lord Mayor, and a dedicated police service keeping<br />

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

Our independent and non-partisan political voice and<br />

convening power enables us to promote the interests of<br />

people and organisations across London and the UK,<br />

and play a valued role on the world-stage.<br />

We aim to support London’s communities through<br />

responsible business, charitable giving, improving<br />

the capital’s air quality, providing education and skills<br />

for young people, and delivering affordable housing<br />

across London.<br />

We protect and conserve 19 major green spaces in<br />

London and Southeast England – including Hampstead<br />

Heath and Epping Forest – and approximately 180<br />

smaller ones in the Square Mile.<br />

They include important wildlife habitats, sites of<br />

scientific interest and national nature reserves. They are<br />

protected from being built on by special legislation.<br />

We are the port health authority for London, the largest<br />

port health authority in the UK. We protect public<br />

health by preventing infectious disease, ensuring water<br />

quality, making vessel inspections, and enforcing<br />

environmental controls.<br />

The <strong>City</strong> Corporation provides local government<br />

services for our 8,600 residents (Census 2021)<br />

and 614,500 <strong>City</strong> workers (Office for National<br />

Statistics 2022) based in the Square Mile. To be truly<br />

representative of its population, businesses and other<br />

organisations registered in the Square Mile are entitled<br />

to nominate voters to <strong>City</strong> elections so that, alongside<br />

registered residents, they can have a say on the way the<br />

<strong>City</strong> Corporation is run.<br />

Find out more<br />

Copies of the full Corporate Plan can be found at<br />

any of the <strong>City</strong>’s libraries or you can access it online:<br />

www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/corporateplan


Your guide to our Corporate Plan’s six outcomes<br />

Diverse Engaged Communities<br />

Across our residents, workers, businesses, and visitors,<br />

everyone should feel that they belong. Connecting<br />

people of all ages and backgrounds will help build<br />

diverse, engaged communities that are involved in<br />

co-creating great services and outcomes.<br />

Leading Sustainable Environment<br />

We have a responsibility to ensure that we act as a<br />

leader on environmental sustainability and strive to<br />

enhance it in all aspects of how we work. Climate<br />

action, resilience, air quality, and sustainability are all<br />

facets of ambitious targets for the entire <strong>City</strong> to be<br />

net zero by 2040.<br />

Providing Excellent Services<br />

Supporting people to live healthy, independent lives<br />

and achieve their ambitions is dependent on excellent<br />

services. Vital to that continued pursuit is enabling<br />

access to effective adult and children’s social care,<br />

outstanding education, lifelong learning, quality housing,<br />

and combatting homelessness.<br />

Dynamic Economic Growth<br />

The <strong>City</strong> of London is the engine in the country’s<br />

economy. Driving dynamic economic growth<br />

in financial and professional services at local,<br />

national, and international levels will create jobs,<br />

attract investment, and support businesses across<br />

communities and the country.<br />

Vibrant Thriving Destination<br />

Attracting businesses and people to a safe, secure,<br />

and dynamic location is vital to our future. A<br />

world-leading culture and leisure offer is integral<br />

to creating a vibrant, thriving destination where<br />

everyone prospers.<br />

Flourishing Public Spaces<br />

From our markets and cultural icons, such as the<br />

Barbican, to our world-famous bridges and amazing<br />

green spaces, we are stewards of unique national<br />

assets. Major capital investment into our civic fabric<br />

will secure flourishing public spaces, enabling a<br />

more successful London overall.<br />

More information<br />

Corporate Strategy & Performance Team<br />

Town Clerk’s Department | <strong>City</strong> of London Corporation<br />

PO Box 270 | Guildhall | London, EC2P 2EJ<br />

T: +44 (0) 20 7606 3030 | E: contact.centre@cityoflondon.gov.uk

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