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Bohemian Medieval London (Wenzel Schaseck and Gabriel Tetzel, 1465) 

25 Feb

Another in the occasional series on contemporary accounts and descriptions of the historic City of London,  this one written by Wenzel Schaseck from Birkov in what is now the Czech Republic, who visited London – as part of the  diplomatic ...

Check destination on front of train 

25 Feb

This blog abhors an inept Next Train Indicator, and Bow Road station has a particularly hopeless pair.

City academic leads on cyber insurance research 

24 Feb

Professor of Software Engineering, Professor George Spanoudakis is the Principal Investigator on the CyberSure research project.

Lego Tube Map! 

24 Feb

A new flagship Lego store opened in London a few months back, in Leicester Square.

Pebbles the station cat 

24 Feb

In loving memory of Pebbles our station cat, died 26th May 1997.

4 December 2008 

23 Feb

The pedestal and the steel joists The east side The view you currently see from outside the Monument Tube Station The Cibber relief The Cibber relief...

4 November 2008 

23 Feb

The scaffold removal is now under way revealing some of the magnificently restored masonry as well as the new gilding to the orb and the fantastic new viewing gallery cage.

28 August 2008 

23 Feb

Scaffolding reaches level 10 The hoarding on the south side Gary removing temporary timber infill Gary continues to clean the wall line 110v lighting Carpenters installing pedestrian access door to site...

London Jump 2017 at Bishopsgate Institute 24 – 26 February 2017 

23 Feb

The weekend we play host to London Jump 2017...

London’s growth in employment: sectors and patterns 

23 Feb

  By Dr Laura Davison, Head of Research at the Economic Development Office, City of London Corporation   London is a thriving city, with recent years having seen strong economic and population growth.

Eduardo Paolozzi 

23 Feb

Pioneering Scottish pop-artist Eduardo Paolozzi , who died 12 years ago, is having a bit of a renaissance in the capital at the moment.

East London Chorus 

22 Feb

East London Chorus Concert: The East London Chorus and Orchestra present: DIXIT DOMINUS Settings of Psalm 109 (110) by Antonio Vivaldi and George Frideric Handel Saturday 1 April at 6.30pm at All Hallows by the Tower featuring Rachel Chapman - ...

The future of Temple Bar 

22 Feb

In 1976 the Temple Bar Trust was established with the intention of returning the Bar to the Capital.

Life at Theobalds 

22 Feb

Ten years later it caught the eye of Lady Meux, a banjo playing barmaid who had married into a very wealthy family of London brewers.

Removal from Fleet Street 

22 Feb

Wren's Temple Bar stood in Fleet Street for just over 200 years...

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24 Feb

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE ITA After of a series of actions, the ITA met with City of London and Transport for London representatives, concerning the proposed oxymoronic 'Bank on Safety' scheme.

More than 500 old taxis to be forced off Birmingham streets – and drivers are not happy 

16 Feb

More than 500 black taxi cabs could be run off the road by stringent new anti-pollution measures in what has been called a ‘catastrophe’ for the trade.

Statement From The Independent Taxi Alliance (ITA) ….. Back To Industrial Action 1st March, 16:30-18:30 

14 Feb

RETURN TO DIRECT ACTION! The City of London and corrupt TfL leave us no choice.

Is TfL’s Biased Compliance And Harassment Of Black Cabs, Resulting In PH Free For All Around City Airport ? 

10 Feb

Neighbours around the City Airport fear they will be living in a ghetto, unless minicab drivers using their streets as a toilet and unofficial pick up point change their anti-social behaviour.

Hero taxi driver stops woman jumping from Lambeth Bridge 

6 Feb

A hero black cab driver has told how he risked his life by clinging on to a woman who was trying to jump from a London bridge.

A Blast From The Past…..Back In The Day. 

3 Feb

THE TIMES SATURDAY REVIEW SEPTEMBER 5 1992 Minicabs have had a good run in London, Malcolm Macalister Hall reports, but licensed cabbies are fighting back in the increasingly violent battle for fares...

STOP THE BUSES : Statement From The Independent Taxi Alliance (ITA), After Meeting With CoL. 

31 Jan

Stop the buses! At yesterday's meeting, officials from the City of London said that although they understood the taxi trade is concerns, unfortunately they had to be guided by TfL, even though all the statistics provided by TfL's were proven to be ...

River Fleet Square 

29 Jan

Unlock regeneration potential with a new public space inspired by the River Fleet River Fleet Square proposes a high-quality public square to capitalise on the wasted space created by the railway cutting at the junction of Farringdon Road and ...

What Statistics Did The CoL Corporation Use To Excluded Taxis From Th Bank Junction ? …by Jim Thomas 

25 Jan

Below is the recorded statistics for 2016, at least 69 people killed.

Museum of London move to Smithfield Market passes funding hurdle 

24 Jan

Plans to redevelop famous Victorian location see £180m raised toward £250m target The scheme will see the Museum of London move to a new location among the current disused Smithfield Market buildings Plans to turn one of London’s finest Victorian...

Biker architect ‘killed by bus driver who couldn’t see him’ 

24 Jan

On the same day the head of surface transport lectures a conference on road safety, one of his bus drivers appeared in court, accused of killing a principal architect at Network Rail, while driving carelessly and “without due care and attention” ...

Anyone Can Hold The Helm When The Sea Is Calm…… Semtex. 

21 Jan

There was a hell of a lot to learn about the Great London Cab Trade this week, and not just regarding our access to the Bank Junction.

BANK JUNCTION TAXI EXCLUSION UPDATE : City of London Peace Talks Announced… By Jim Thomas 

21 Jan

DAY 5 For five days, the passionate driver led coalition of the Independent Taxi Alliance (ITA), with little or no support from the leadership of our largest org, led the police around the City on a cat and mouse chase.

Another Day, Another Demo 

20 Jan

Again, yesterday afternoon, rank and file drivers answered the call and assembled at the Bank Junction, despite another section 14 being slapped on the peaceful protest, limiting a static demonstration to just 30 minutes.


19 Jan

Over a decade ago, London led the world by introducing a Congestion Charge in the centre of the city.

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Events »

Fairtrade Fortnight 

24 Feb

City is a Fairtrade University and will be celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight with events and activities taking place across the university.

Newsflash: Announcing Our Line Ups For April 2017 

24 Feb

Newsflash: Announcing Our Line Ups For April 2017 Posted on Friday 24th February, 2017 You get to this point in the year when, despite storm Doris’ best efforts, the edge comes off the cold and there’s a touch of spring in the air.

Audio: Murder He Wrote Throws Together an Amalgam of Bass-Weighted Sounds 

24 Feb

Audio: Murder He Wrote Throws Together an Amalgam of Bass-Weighted Sounds Posted on Friday 24th February, 2017 He might have only landed his first releases in 2014, but in just a few years Murder He Wrote has made more than an impact on the UK’s ...

Clare Hammond: Lunchtime Recital 

23 Feb

The acclaimed pianist Clare Hammond will perform pieces from Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, alongside Fauré, Dutilleux and Scriabin.

Audio: Rowlanz Drops His WYS! Promo Mix 

23 Feb

Audio: Rowlanz Drops His WYS! Promo Mix Posted on Thursday 23rd February, 2017 Rowlanz is a DJ and producer with strong ties to London.

‘How Malleable Are Choice Brackets? The Case of Myopic Loss Aversion’ 

22 Feb

Dr Matthias Wibral, Maastricht University asks ‘How Malleable Are Choice Brackets? The Case of Myopic Loss Aversion...

Processional diatonicism and musical Englishness’ 

22 Feb

Matthew Riley, will speak on Processional diatonicism and musical Englishness at this Department of Music Research Seminar.

Competition: Win a Vinyl Copy of Ilian Tape’s 10 Year Compilation 

22 Feb

Competition: Win a Vinyl Copy of Ilian Tapes 10 Year Compilation Posted on Wednesday 22nd February, 2017 10 years is a long time to dedicate to anything, but for the lifespan of a house and techno label it’s a particularly impressive stint.

Optimal Power Management Strategy for Energy Storage with Stochastic Loads 

21 Feb

Seminar by Prof Victor Becerra, School of engineering, University of Portsmouth for the Research Centre for Systems and Control...

The View from the EU Bench: A conversation with Judge Lars Bay Larsen (European Court of Justice) 

18 Feb

This panel discussion will see Judge Lars Bay Larsen discuss his role as a judge of the European Court of Justice with Professor Panos Koutrakos and Jean Monnet.

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City Guild blogs »

Crossrail 2017 Update…. 

25 Feb

It's estimated that there's about 17,000 tonnes of bombs that were dropped on London in WWII, and the rule of thumb is that about 10% failed to explode...

NB serves up hand-etched bottles for BRITs 

25 Feb

Courtesy of The Drinks Report NB, a drinks sponsor for the BRIT Awards, commissioned a glassware designer to hand-etch 24 limited-edition bottles...

Wemyss reveals further single cask whiskies 

25 Feb

Courtesy of The Drinks Report Wemyss Malts has released new single cask whiskies to its range, aged from 14 Years Old to 28...

This week in spirits & wine, featuring global gin concerns, Bacardi’s plant closure and future spirits trends 

24 Feb

Courtesy of Just Drinks Here’s a round-up of this week’s top stories in the global beer cider categories.

Diageo faces US$68m payout after SAP court loss 

24 Feb

Courtesy of Just Drinks Diageo has said it is reviewing its options after it lost a court battle with a software supplier over a GBP54.5m (US$68m) bill.

New liqueur released by Mozart Distillery 

24 Feb

Courtesy of The Drinks Report Mozart Distillery has launched a White Chocolate Cream Strawberry liqueur, blending classic spring and summer flavours...

Croxsons accepted as Gold Patron of UKVA 

24 Feb

Courtesy of The Drinks Report Croxsons has announced that it has been accepted as a Gold Patron of the UKVA, a sign of its commitment to UK wine...

Despite heroic attempts to end Liveries, The City is a living piece of history, from which many benefits flow…. 

23 Feb

The Minutes of the Coopers' Company, in 1704, blamed "the clamorous confusion and great disorder at its dinners on the presence of wives of its Liverymen"...

William Grant & Sons names Victor Jerez group business development director 

23 Feb

Courtesy of Just Drinks William Grant Sons has appointed Victor Jerez to the role of group business development director, effective 1March 2017.

Remy Cointreau’s Mount Gay 1703 Master Select – Product Launch 

23 Feb

Courtesy of Just Drinks Remy Cointreau has announced the 2017 release of 1703 Master Select rum from its Mount Gay distillery in Barbados.

Master’s Blog – 19th February 2017 

23 Feb

It’s now about a month since the Installation Dinner and I am gradually getting used to being called Master rather than looking over my shoulder expecting to see where the Master is who is being addressed! Although as a Warden one gets a good idea...

Ombra Di Pantera Prosecco launched in UK 

23 Feb

Courtesy of The Drinks Report Ombra Di Pantera, a super-premium DOCG Prosecco has launched in the UK, available in high-end London bars and outlets...

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Meeting scheduled: Monday, 27th February, 2017 4.30 pm, Benefices Sub (Culture, Heritage & Libraries) Committee 

27 Feb

Benefices Sub (Culture, Heritage Libraries) Committee: Monday, 27th February, 2017 4.30 pm...

2015/16 Pension Fund Investment Data as MS Excel File 

25 Feb

Internal review request sent to City of London Corporation by Joel M Benjamin on 25 February 2017 .

Agenda published: Meeting of Monday, 13th March, 2017 7.00 pm, Hampstead Heath Consultative Committee 

24 Feb

Hampstead Heath Consultative Committee: Monday, 13th March, 2017 7.00 pm...

Minutes published: Meeting of Wednesday, 15th February, 2017 1.45 pm, Property Investment Board 

24 Feb

Property Investment Board: Wednesday, 15th February, 2017 1.45 pm...

Minutes published: Meeting of Wednesday, 15th February, 2017 11.30 am, Social Investment Board 

24 Feb

Social Investment Board: Wednesday, 15th February, 2017 11.30 am...

Meeting scheduled: Friday, 24th February, 2017 11.00 am, Governance and Effectiveness Committee of the Board of Governors of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama 

24 Feb

Governance and Effectiveness Committee of the Board of Governors of the Guildhall School of Music Drama: Friday, 24th February, 2017 11.00 am...

Minutes published: Meeting of Tuesday, 24th January, 2017 2.15 pm, Licensing (Hearing) Sub Committee 

23 Feb

Licensing (Hearing) Sub Committee: Tuesday, 24th January, 2017 2.15 pm...

Minutes published: Meeting of Thursday, 26th January, 2017 1.45 pm, Safeguarding Sub (Community & Children’s Services) Committee 

23 Feb

Safeguarding Sub (Community Children's Services) Committee: Thursday, 26th January, 2017 1.45 pm...

Minutes published: Meeting of Monday, 30th January, 2017 6.30 pm, Barbican Estate Residents Consultation Committee 

23 Feb

Barbican Estate Residents Consultation Committee: Monday, 30th January, 2017 6.30 pm...

Minutes published: Meeting of Thursday, 16th February, 2017 11.00 am, Health and Social Care Scrutiny Committee 

23 Feb

Health and Social Care Scrutiny Committee: Thursday, 16th February, 2017 11.00 am...

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London Assembly »

Paws for Support 

22 Feb

The Mayor of London could support some of the capital’s 5,360 armed forces veterans suffering from PTSD by providing loans for life-changing therapeutic dogs.

Armed forces veterans suffering PTSD need Mayor’s help to access life-changing assistance dogs 

22 Feb

– New report calls on Sadiq Khan to help some of the capital’s 5,360 affected veterans – Loan-scheme could ease access to highly-trained dogs – Canines act as effective alternatives to long-term drug therapies The Mayor of...

Sadiq Khan on track for worst strikes record of any London Mayor 

22 Feb

– Latest walkout means Mayor’s projected yearly average eclipses Boris’s and Ken’s – On course to average 5.05 strikes per year – Record set to get even worse with threat of Night Tube strikes Sadiq Khan is on track for the...

Tower Hamlets election fraud: Met suffered from ‘Rotherham Syndrome’ in failure to investigate 

10 Feb

– Police feared community reaction, says Assembly Member Tony Arbour – Says Met has ‘serious questions to answer’ – Calls for Mayor to launch full investigation An apparent reluctance by the Metropolitan Police to properly...

TfL fares income down £90M due to fewer passenger journeys 

8 Feb

Transport for London has revealed its fares income is down £90million in the year-to-date, raising serious questions about the Mayor’s ability to balance the books.

Nominee passes now costing TfL over £33million a year 

2 Feb

– Travel perk grants free travelcards for flatmates of TfL staff – Mayor urged to give firefighters free travel instead at a fraction of the cost A perk that grants free travel to the flatmates of TfL staff now costs London taxpayers...

Tube Strikes: Mayor gives into unions demands at a cost of £68M 

31 Jan

Against all evidence the Mayor is reversing decisions to reduce hundreds of unnecessary staff The Mayor has given in to union’s demands and massively scaled back plans to reduce unnecessary station staff at a cost of £68million.

Mayor to host representatives of eleven ‘Israeli travel ban’ countries at City Hall reception 

31 Jan

– Mayor set to condemn Trump’s travel ban at tonight’s event – Facing calls to also criticise attending countries that ban Israeli citizens The Mayor of London is set to host representatives of eleven countries that ban Israeli...

BUDGET: Mayor puts Old Oak Common homes at risk with 40% budget cut 

25 Jan

– Experts predict budget cut will impact major project The Mayor of London has cut the budget for Old Oak Common by 40 per cent – despite his claims of increased spending – putting the building of thousands of homes at risk.

BUDGET: Mayor keeps ‘Olympics tax’ after Games debt is wiped 

25 Jan

– Sadiq Khan using loophole to raise cash for his unbalanced budget The Mayor of London is continuing to impose an ‘Olympic tax’ on Londoners – even though the debt of the Games has been wiped.

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London Ambulance Service responds to Storm Doris 

23 Feb

We have attended 17 weather-related incidents so far today including road traffic collisions, wall and building collapses and trees being blown over by Storm Doris.

Victory for Brigade campaign as Whirlpool change faulty dryer advice 

22 Feb

After a six month long campaign by London Fire Brigade, white goods’ giant Whirlpool has finally told consumers to unplug dangerous, faulty tumble dryers.

No working smoke alarms in vast majority of 2017 fatal fires 

17 Feb

Over half of all dwelling fires that the Brigade attended last year did not have a smoke alarm that worked or sounded.

Right place right time as off-duty Stuart assists collapsed ferry passenger 

16 Feb

Proving our firefighters are never truly off duty, Stuart McDonald from Battersea blue watch was travelling on an Isle of Wight ferry recently when he stepped in to assist a fellow passenger who had keeled over with severe chest pains.

Leadership team strengthened with two new non-executive directors 

13 Feb


‘Fate’ brings man together with paramedic who helped save his life 

13 Feb

A Bromley man had a chance encounter with the paramedic who helped to save his life three years after he almost died.

‘Fate’ brings man together with paramedic who helped save his life 

13 Feb

A Bromley man had a chance encounter with the paramedic who helped to save his life three years after he almost died.

Brigade battles domestic violence with arson proof letterbox drive 

10 Feb

Firefighters providing 400 arson proof letterboxes across Bexley...

Firefighter recruitment frequently asked questions 

10 Feb

Information about the selection process...

Off duty firefighter uses scarf to save woman on bridge 

9 Feb

A mystery man in a ‘business suit and tie’ hailed as the ‘real hero’ of a dramatic rescue attempt by a cabbie who went to the aid of a distressed woman on Lambeth Bridge has been revealed as an off duty firefighter.

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