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Architechture week
Various locations across London
P 020 7973 5246
E archweek@artscouncil.org.uk
A week long celebration of architecture throughout the UK, Includes a programme of events in London that range from visits to new buildings and architects' practices to walks, talks, films, and family and children's activities.
August Festival
St Lawrence Jewry
P 020 7600 9478
Throughout August, Monday to Friday 1pm (Not bank holidays)
In a slight departure from its regular Monday and Tuesday organ recitals, St Lawrence Jewry presents four weeks of concerts focussing on chamber music and singing. Although concerts are free there will be a collection at the door at the end of each performance.
Barbican Summer
The Barbican
P 020 7638 8891
22 June to 30 July
  See website for events and fees.
A series of summer music events, inside and outside the Barbican - including Cuba 50, part of our exciting festival focusing on world rhythms and ritual traditions from Tango to Yoruba, Flemenco, Frevo, Swing and more
Cart Marking Ceremony
Guildhall Yard, off Gresham Street, EC2P 2EJ
P 020 7489 8289
E enquiries@thecarmen.co.uk
Since the 14th century, only licensed and marked carts could ply for hire in the City. Although purely ceremonial, a Cart Marking ceremony still takes place today with trucks, vintage vans and carriages being brought before the Master of the Carmen's Company for inspection.
City of London Festival
Various locations across London
P 020 7796 4949 0845 120 7502 (B
E admin@colf.org
Midsummer, three week festival at various times.
Every summer since 1962, the City of London Festival has served up a veritable feast of the best in music and the arts. Taking place in some of the City's most beautiful and historic as well as lesser known venues, it promotes the cultural diversity and wide ranging talent of some of the world's leading artists. From world music to jazz, from classical to contemporary, the city of London Festival offers an eclectic mix of musical styles as well as architecture, visual art, film and ever-growing open-air programme. Watch out for this established theme, Trading places, which builds year-on-year, exploring and celebrating the cultural exchange between London and major cities around the world.
Crisis Square Mile Run
P 0870 011 3355
E smr@crisis.org.uk
Race starts from Paternoster Square
  Early June Race starts 7pm
A great City event with amateur and professional runners pounding the City's streets in aid of the homeless charity Crisis. At around 3.5 miles it is open to all – see the website for where to watch or how to participate. There is an entry fee for those wishing to take part.
Friends of City Churches Walk
Various city churches
P 020 7626 1555
E contact_us@london-city-churches.org.uk
Saturday 10 May Wednesday 2 July
Organised by the Friends of the City Churches, these walks have become a favourite annual fixture in the City's calendar. Each walk features up to three churches in which detailed tours are given while the walks between the churches are led by members of the City of London Guide Lecturers' Association. All in all, over 40 City churches are featured, the majority build by Wren.
Goldsmiths' Spring and Summer Exhibition
Goldsmiths Hall
P 020 7606 7010
Spring 30 March to 25 April Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm (not public holidays) Summer 29 May to 11 July
  Admission free
The Goldsmiths' popular annual exhibition showcases the work of an esteemed Goldsmith or jewellery designer. The splendour of Goldmsiths' Hall is worth a visit alone but the summer exhibition provides a great incentive to go with the added bonus of seeing some beautiful exhibits by some of the world's finest designers in precious metals.
London Latin Music Festival
The Barbican
P 020 7638 8891
E music@barbican.org.uk
14 to 28 April
La Linea: The London Latin Music Festival returns to the Barbican with four artists making their UK debuts, a special focus on Catalan music and the world premiere of Spanish Bombs: Tropical Tribute to The Clash.
London Marathon
P 020 7902 0200
Saturday, 26 April
Every April the London Marathon brings with it a carnival atmosphere as crowds line the streets to cheer on the fit and the unfit as they run 26 miles from Blackheath to St James' Park. One of the route's most iconic moments takes place in the City of London as the throngs of runners pass over Tower Bridge; this is a popular viewing spot though, so arrive early. After crossing the bridge, the route travels to Canary Wharf before coming back through the City along Byward Street, Upper Thames Street and Lower Thames Street.

See the London Marathon website for further details of the route and for times.
Mostly Mozart
The Barbican
P 020 7638 8891
E music@barbican.org.uk
June to July, various times through the festival period. See web for details.
Launched in 2002, the UK Mostly Mozart Festival takes a fresh look at the undiputed master of classical music and features concerts, films, talks, fireworks and a family festival. Performances be leading soloists, orchestras and visiting opera companies provide a celebration of the world's most popular composer over four weeks.
Open Garden Squares Weekend
Various locations across London
13 to14 June 2009
Discover a whole new side to the capital in this weekend that celebrates the many beautiful, sometimes secret, gardens of London. A programme of special tours of a number of gardens that are not usually open to the public, as well as those that are.
Open House Festival
Various locations around the city Open House, 44-46 Scrutton Street, London, EC2A 4HH
P 020 3006 7008
E admin@openhouse.org.uk
Mid September at various times throughout.
The Open house London Weekend is a unique initiative organised each September to provide public access, completely free of charge, to all types of buildings, public and private, across the capital. Some 360,000 visits are made each year and are operated on a strictly first come, first serve basis. For the more popular buildings, this can mean long queues, although for some private houses where numbers are very limited (such as Mansion House) an advance booking facility is operated.
The Standard Chartered Great City Race
P 020 7902 0200/0210
E cityrace@london-marathon.co.uk
Thursday, 16 July 7.15pm
  Race passes through the City and finishes on City Road
Run by the London Marathon team, the Standard Chartered Great City Race is open to all employees of UK companies and businesses. Some 2000 plus runners of all abilities complete the five-kilometre course each year, each paying an entrance fee that goes directly to charity. Find out how to participate or where to watch the race by logging on to the website.

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