Guide to January in The City

There’s plenty to look forward to in The City for 2017 and it all starts with these fantastic events in January.

As 2016 draws to a close, there are plenty of wonderful experiences from the past 12 months to look back on. As well as reminiscing about happy memories, however, it’s always good to look forward and there are a number of exciting events, exhibitions, shows and so much more scheduled for The City of London throughout 2017. If you’re going to be based in a serviced apartment in this part of the capital at any point in January, read on to find out what you could get up to.

Archives on the Great Fire of London – City of London Heritage Gallery – Until January 12th

On September 5th 2016, it was 350th years since the Great Fire of London and there have been many events to mark the occasion. If you missed out on all of these, then there’s still time to learn more about this historic episode, which helped to shape the face of the capital today. Catch the exhibition of archives surrounding the event – including the diary of Robert Hooke, chief surveyor to The City after the fire – before it closes.

This free exhibition can be visited between 10am and 5pm Monday to Saturday and from 12 noon to 4pm on Sundays.

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Guildhall tour – Guildhall – January 12th

Every so often the public are offered the chance to go on a tour of the iconic Guildhall and if you happen to be in London when one such date comes up, then grab it with both hands. The next tour will be conducted in January and will give visitors a unique insight into the historic building, including the medieval Great Hall and the crypt. As the ceremonial and administrative centre for The City, it’s an important place and has been for several years.

Tickets are £7 a head and should be booked in advance.

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Le grand macabre performed by the LSO – Barbican – January 14th and 15th

Lovers of opera will not want to miss the opportunity to see Legeti’s Le grand macabre performed with music from the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) and conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. It is an incredible tale that takes audiences on a journey through the end of the world, with themes of debauchery, drunkenness and despots all coming to the fore. As the most exciting operatic work to be written in the last 50 years, it’s an assault on the senses.

The show starts at 7pm and tickets are priced between £25 and £75.

shutterstock_197492024Capturing The City: Photography at the Bank of England – Bank of England Museum – from January 18th

The Bank of England lies at the heart of The City, both in terms of its geography and the role it plays in the lives of those who work there. Find out more about its history through a fantastic display of photographs that chart the buildings, staff and processes that have shaped the bank over the years. It is fascinating to see the pictures from the Victorian age, the clothes worn and the various technology put to use and contrast them with today.

Open Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm and free to enter.

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Burns Night supper – 1 Lombard Street – January 25th

You don’t have to be north of the border to join in the fun on Burns Night, with various restaurants across The City serving up special menus. Among them is 1 Lombard Street – a fantastic brasserie with a real sense of occasion – where you’ll be given a free cocktail if you come bedecked in tartan or even better, a kilt. Expect a delicious three-course meal, a fully-stocked bar and the haggis to be piped in as per tradition.

The supper is priced at £45 per person and the fun kicks off at 7pm.

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