We've already been round some sites of old City churches, now gardens, but here's a tranquil haven in a City church that's open for business. St Vedast alias Foster is a stone's throw from St Paul's and also benefited from Wren's hand (and Hawksmoor, too), but tucked away on Foster Lane it gets a tiny fraction of its neighbour's visitors.
The courtyard is accessed through an anonymous alleyway to the north of the church's main doors, and what peace awaits the visitor. Sit awhile on one of the benches (covered, so it's a lovely resting spot even when it rains), enjoy the plants, examine the plaques left from years past and touch a piece of Roman London — an old slab of pavement, uncovered beneath St Matthew Friday Street when it was demolished in the 1880s. Once you're done in the garden, don't leave without pausing to admire the stained glass windows in the actual church.
This isn't a place to turn up with a few mates and a beery picnic on a summer's day — it is, after all, part of a church and it's there for quiet contemplation — but it is one of our favourite hidden spots in the City.
The courtyard is open whenever the church is open, which is currently Monday-Friday 8am-5.30pm, Saturday 11am-4pm and Sundays.
Shaolin Monks, Peacock Theatre, W1
Tuesday 13 October - £25 for best stall seats that have a face value of £38
Your chance to see the Shaolin Kung Fu masters in the UK with their ultimate display of theatre and physical prowess. The 20 member cast perform incredible feats, combining traditional Shaolin Kung Fu, inch-perfect choreography and dramatic lighting and sound that evokes the spirit of their traditions in one stunning performance.
Dreamthinkspeak in Absent, Shoreditch Town Hall, Old Street, EC1
Thursday 21 October at 7.30 – just £5
Once again we are booking tickets for the unique dreamthinkspeak. Their new show, Absent, is described as “fleeting, maddening and unbearably heart rending”. It’s the story of the Duchess of Argyll who moved into a hotel in the 1950s and was turfed out when she was 80. You move through her home as you explore the nooks and crannies of the spooky Shoreditch Town Hall.
Flats A&B should complete this week (2 October) with the two new build flats, J&K, completing by the middle of October. Landscaping will follow, together with the construction of new bicycle storage and refuse facilities. All in all everything should be finished by mid-November.
The installation of wireless broadband at Jerome House with new fibre optic cabling is progressing well. It’s likely to be another 2-3 weeks before the service will be available to all Jerome residents at a cost of £18.00 including tax per month. You will not need a landline so that’s the total cost. We are using the same supplier as we use at Anson/Carleton where it works pretty well. Over the next few months we’ll be extending this service to all our residences and we hope to start installation at Jeannine later this month.