Summer is a time of long lunches in the city, but if all that champagne and ciabatta is a getting a bit much for you, there are plenty of other things to spend your golden hour doing.
St Paul’s Cathedral are hosting the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Gospel Choir on Wednesday lunchtime. This bona-fide American gospel group in such a spectacular setting promises to be an energetic and rousing spectacle, regardless of your denomination. Eat your heart out Sister Act.
Anything that can survive 1800 years of bombs, buildings and bus drivers must be worth a look in my opinion. The City’s Roman wall is uncovered with a Museum of London guided tour on Thursday, focusing on the remains of the immense wall that surrounded The City in AD200. Some of the east gate incredibly still rests beneath the Museum, presumably where the whole ‘London Wall’ thing comes from – amazing what you can learn in your lunch hour.
Speaking of which, Gresham College is hosting a lecture on Friday lunchtime about what The City and its overlords must learn from the economic crisis, now that we are tentatively beginning to recover. Professor Michael Mainelli and Bob Giffords of the CSFI will be presenting their thoughts and provoking ours, as they highlight the risks of returning to the perilous pre-crunch ways and suggest some radical (and possibly controversial) options for change.
Extending the lunchtime activities into the weekend, the Barbican are celebrating the release of Harry Potter with an 11am showing on Saturday followed by a family workshop/picnic as part of the Family Film Club series.
Finally, The City is hosting a couple of Big Lunches on Sunday, the products of a heartwarming venture to get us to spread a little joy by building our own little street parties all over Britain. This Bevin Way party promises BBQs, face-painting and ad-hoc music – it’s more village fete than city slicker, but makes for a refreshing change.