Celebrity Guided Walks with Square Mile Churches

10 Jun
12:00 pm

The Square Mile Churches are here to welcome you back to the City with their faithful worship, rich tradition, wonderful culture, music and art, their quiet spaces, prayerful support, beautiful gardens, rich architecture and welcoming communities.

On the 10 June as the City reopens, they are delighted to welcome you to a series of special events across the churches.  Celebrity Guided Walks on the day, in support of their charity partner, XLP can be booked via the website below which goes live on 4 June. The theme for these Celebrity Guided Walks is Recovery, Renewal and Transformation.  Join one of these walks at 12noon, 1pm or 5.30pm on Thursday 10 June.

  

Celebrity Guided Walks

Churches in London before the Great Fire

Join celebrated historian Tom Holland, on a walk from All Hallows by the Tower to St Bartholomew the Great, with stops along the way, to discover the history of the churches in London before the Great Fire.  

5.30pm

Reinventing the Church after the Fire

Neil MacGregor, former Director of the National Gallery and the British Museum looks at three churches near the Royal Exchange built after the Great Fire: and explores how Wren and Hawksmoor re-imagined the parish church for a prosperous and Protestant City of London.

1.00pm


In Every Corner Sing! 

Andrew Earis, Director of Music St Martin-in-the-Fields and celebrated composer Bob Chilcott, with the Choral Scholars of St Stephen Walbrook, take you on a rich musical journey through the City, staring at St Stephen Walbrook and ending at the National Musicians’ Church, Holy Sepulchre London.

5.30pm

Renewal and Recovery

Seven city churches – renewal, recovery and rebirth after the Great Fire of 1666, the Blitz of 1940 and post war calamity.  Join Art Historian Dan Cruickshank as he reflects on the story of renewal and recovery in the life of the city churches.

12.00noon

Prayer in the City 

Join the Bishop of London, The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally DBE as she reflects on the churches, gardens and places of The Square Mile that have been a spiritual inspiration and encouragement during lockdown.

5.30pm

The Politics of Recovery

Sir Peter Bottomley MP will take you on a journey through the Square Mile exploring the politics of recovery and the rebuilding of the city business.

12.00noon

The Phoenix Walk: The City of London Rises

Join Blue Badge Guide Sophie Campbell on a walk across the Square Mile in tribute to the City's remarkable capacity for survival and reinvention. Be it plague, fire, or pandemics, the Blitz, Big Bang or Brexit, the old financial quarter picks itself up, shakes its skirts and keeps carrying on.

12.00noon

Clappers, Clangers and Covid: Ringing out the changes in the City

Come on a streamlined ‘Oranges & Lemons’ City walk with resounding echoes celebrating centuries of recovery and renewal. City of London Guide and writer Lester Hillman, who has spent decades leading bell related initiatives, will offer new takes on the famous rhyme, making it ring true for the 21st Century.

1.00pm

Ticket booking for these events will go live via the Do It button below on the 4 June.

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