The annual City Of London Festival is bringing more than 100 free events to the Square Mile (and beyond) as part of his programme which runs from June 22 to July 10.
Music, circus, dance, street theatre, talks, tours come to locations such as The Gherkin, Canary Wharf, Broadgate, The Grange, Devonshire Square, New Street Square and the Royal Exchange providing entertainment for workers as they munch their sandwiches.
Lunchtime treats include a performance by Tantz, a heavy modern klezmer band that perform high-energy Bulgarian music (July 8, 12.30pm) and Dende, a nine-piece band with deep melodic horn harmonies and Afro-Latin percussions section playing upbeat tropical party music (July 10, 12.30pm).
Devonshire Square calls itself “different as usual” and the festival aim to reflect that vibe. Unusual and intriguing shows are inspired by the cultures of the East India Company, including Midday Mantra (June 23, 12.30pm).
St Mary’s Axe will host a series of music performances including the New Covent Garden Dance Orchestra, recreating the music of the 30s, 40s and 50s (July 10, 12.30pm), as well as flamenco from Nuevos Aires (June 26, 12.30pm).
Lunchtime Live in the Square promises to liven up the city’s lunch hour. Entertainment includes Singapore Sounds celebrating the 50th anniversary of the country’s independence (June 24/June 26, 1pm), comedy from Just the Tonic (June 30/July 9, 1pm) and some Swing, Salsa, Tango (June 29/July 2/July 8, 1pm).
Jazz at The Royal Exchange feature a series of free festival jazz events with some of the finest young jazz vocalists to cool down the hot summer evenings (July 6-10), artists include Emily Dankworth, Jess Radcliffe and Jonathan Carr.
At the top of 20 Fenchurch Street, the Sky Garden will host two special lunchtime performances with the BBC Big Band trio and special guests Bruce Adams and Peter King (June 24, 26, 12-2pm).
New Street Square
The Square will host a series of circus performances including a genuine strong woman, tightrope acts, and even a performance entitled The Most Dangerous Cup of Tea in the World. Expect juggling, high-flying acrobatics and crazy contraptions. (June 25, 2.30pm).