Members' Events 2018

Here are the latest FCC events, open to all FCC members. For further information about any of our events please email us


Wednesday 31 January, 2pm

Bloomberg and the Mithraeum
St Stephen Walbrook, 39 Walbrook EC4N 8BN
Talk by Sadie Watson, MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology). Our volunteer Church Watchers have been following the redevelopment of the site opposite St Stephen Walbrook since the demolition of Bucklersbury House in 2010. Bloomberg Europe’s new headquarters initiated the most extensive archaeological excavation in the City for 20 years, with some 10,000 small finds, 900 boxes of pottery, and the foundations of the temple of Mithras, famously discovered in 1954. Senior archaeologist Sadie Watson will bring us up to date on this remarkable dig, and the light it sheds on Roman London. Tea and cake after the talk.


Monday 12 February, 2.30pm

A Virtual City Churches Walk
The Dutch Church, 7 Austin Friars EC2N 2HA
Talk by John Bethell and Signe Hoffos. While the weather is still uncertain, enjoy a virtual walk with John Bethell’s sumptuous photographs, tracing a route from St Vedast alias Foster to St Stephen Walbrook by way of St Anne and St Agnes, St Botolph Aldersgate, St Bartholomew the Great, St Bartholomew the Less, Christchurch Newgate Street and St Mary le Bow. Many of John’s photos are subtly enhanced by a digital editing tool which corrects the distorted perspective that plagues most of our amateur efforts. Pick up some tips here, as well as an introduction to eight magnificent City churches, with tea and cake to boot.


Tuesday 20 February, 11am

Wren’s Towers & Steeples
Statue of Queen Anne, St. Paul's Churchyard EC4M 8AD
City Guide and FCC Trustee Tony Tucker, author of the popular Visitors’ Guide to the City of London Churches, will share some of his extensive research on Wren and his influences, including recent studies in Rome, on this perambulation from Cheapside to Thames Street, looking upward to the towers and steeples of the City churches.


Tuesday 20 March, 11am

Clocks & Sundials of the City (West)
Temple Station forecourt, Victoria Embankment WC2R 2PH
When watches were vastly expensive (and often unreliable), and mobile phones beyond imagining, most City folk relied on public clocks and sundials to tell the time. Donating a clock to a prominent building such as a church was a major piece of civic philanthropy, and even today some of the City’s most striking public art is found in sundials. In the first of two walks, City Guide and Skyline editor Judy Stephenson looks at clocks and sundials on the eastern side of town.


Friday 23 March, 11am

Temple Place & all that jazz
Blackfriars Station, Queen Victoria Street EC4V 4DY (TfL ticket hall)
Walk with City Guide Grethe Hauge. Explore the rich history of the Inner and Middle Temple from the Knights Templar to barristers’ chambers, by way of Shakespeare, Goldsmith and Dickens. The walk will culminate in a guided tour of the magnificent Two Temple Place, the house that Lord Astor had built, with the option to visit this year’s special exhibition, ‘Rhythm & Reaction: The Age of Jazz in Britain’.


Thursday 5 April, 11:40am

Painted Ceiling Tour, Old Royal Naval College
The Painted Hall, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich SE10 9NN
The Painted Hall of the Old Royal Naval College (1707-26) boasts the largest painted ceiling in greater London. As an ambitious conservation programme moves into its final stages, this is one more chance to see it as never before: 60 feet above the ground on a solid observation deck. Our hour-long tour will look at the history of the building, and the current phase of the project. Historic Greenwich Market will feature antiques and collectibles on the day of our visit.


Wednesday 18 April, 11am

The Market & the Monastery : A stroll round Smithfield
Outside Barbican Station, Aldersgate Street EC1A 4JA
Walk with City Guide Jill Finch. Smithfield, just outside the City walls, has seen murder and mayhem and stood at the centre of religious persecution and the English Reformation. Its streets, alleyways and buildings form part of the footprint of London itself and offer a picture of medieval London before the fire of 1666, as well as a canvas for restoration and redevelopment which will see the new Museum of London opening here in 2022. This walk begins and ends at Barbican Station.


Wednesday 9 May, 11am

London’s Docklands
Street-level entrance to Canary Wharf Station, facing Jubilee Plaza, Bank Street E14 5JP (exit from Jubilee Line platform signposted toward Heron Quays DLR)
Walk with City Guide Valeria Bellazzi. Within living memory, London’s docklands have transformed from a working inland port through a period of neglect to the highrise development still expanding today. This tour of the City on the docks explores its creation, its architecture and its public art — and a surprising church, on a barge in West India Quay. Make a day of it with a visit to the excellent Museum of London Docklands, and the many shops and eateries within Canary Wharf.


Wednesday 16 May, guided tour at 1.30pm

Coventry Cathedral
Coventry Cathedral, Priory Street, Coventry CV1 5FB
This is an opportunity to visit Coventry Cathedral after last year’s excellent lecture by City Guide Alexandra Epps. We will meet at 13:30 for a guided tour, with the rest of the day at your disposal; Choral Evensong starts at 17:15, the adjacent Herbert Art Gallery and Museum is open until 16:00 and nearby Coventry Market until 17:00. Members can make their own travel arrangements, with a choice of trains after 9:30 for those with travelcards. For those who wish, we can meet for lunch at the cathedral’s Rising Café at 12:00


Monday 21 May, 11am

More Medieval Churches of the City
The Great Fire of 1666 destroyed over 80 of the City’s 100-odd medieval churches, and several more were rebuilt or destroyed subsequently, but a handful of valiant survivors still ring the City centre. In this sequel to last year’s introductory walk, City Guide Stephen Cook will look at another group of churches which have endured fire, war and urban redevelopment to preserve the City’s ancient roots hard by its most modern buildings.




Details about our various events are shown in the regular FCC newsletters sent to members.


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