|Cripplegate Ward Club is a social organisation for those who take an active interest in understanding and appreciating the traditions, history and workings of the Ward and the City. It provides an excellent way to meet and to socialise with a wide range of people connected to and involved in the City and is a great way into the Civic and social activities of the area providing the chance for those connected with the Ward, in whatever way, to meet each other and the Alderman and Common Councilmen that represent the Ward. The Club also support appeals and charitable activities.
Cripplegate is among the busiest of the 20+ Ward Clubs in the City of London, with a varied programme of events throughout the year. There are both daytime and evening activities ranging from informal visits and tours of general interest, to the most formal of Civic Lunches and City Banquets. We visit some interesting places revealing facets of the City not normally seen and of course being a social club, these very often include luncheon or dinner somewhere nice too. All great fun. Membership of the Club offers an opportunity to discover and appreciate the traditions and fellowship of City Life.
If you live in the Cripplegate Ward district or have business here we invite you to Join our Club and activities - just click on the 'Join us' link to get the ball rolling. There is no stipulation that members reside within the Ward (or even within London), only that they have a direct, or indirect interest in the Civic, Social or Business affairs of the City and of course guests of members are most welcome at all functions.
To find out more about joining, navigate to our membership page or click here
THE LORD MAYOR’S HOT AIR BALLOON REGATTA
All being well, a Sunday morning in late May or early July may see up to 50 hot air balloons drifting over central London.
This is the Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta, a now annual event that raises money for the Lord Mayor’s charity, and gives early risers on a Sunday morning a lovely sight of all the balloons silently drifting over sleepy London.
The lift-off is weather dependent and the takeoff point is to be confirmed, and will be around sunrise on the day it takes place.
Due to the pandemic, the 2020 regatta was cancelled, and due to weather conditions, the 2021 and 2022 editions could not proceed. So weather permitting, 2023 could be the first in three years.
The following standby Sundays have been confirmed for The 2023 Lord Mayor’s Balloon Regatta.
· 14th May 2023
· 21st May 2023
· 2nd July 2023
Hopefully, they’ll head eastwards over the city, but that’s down to the wind direction on the day. Obviously, they can’t control the wind, so there’s an outside chance they’ll drift a bit more to the south or north than hoped for.
Please consult https://www.balloonregatta.com/updates/ before making any plans to go and see them in case changes are in force due to weather conditions.
They’ll be on standby with a confirmation usually issued on the Friday afternoon around 4pm before the Sunday that the weather looks favourable, although even then, last-minute changes can scupper lift-off.
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The Millennium Dome is so big that it can fit the Great Pyramids of Giza comfortably under the roof! The structure is 365m in diameter; and 52m high in the middle; with 12 supporting poles, symbolising days, weeks and months of the year.
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Number 10 Downing Street will open its gardens on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June 2023 for the first time since 2019, joining over 100 unique places not normally open to the public.
As part of London Open Gardens, tickets will be issued through a public ballot system, with lucky visitors getting the chance to wander around the garden of the Prime Minister's official home.
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1000 Years of History
London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HB.
As the London Metropolitan Archives are worth supporting, there are from time to time modest exhibitions of their collection of maps and illustrations of London and frequent displays of parts of their collection, routinely changed. I encourage you to visit and explore.
Conservator brushing the Civitas Londinium map in preparation for the October 2022 exhibition.
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The 96-metre clock tower above the Houses of Parliament, which houses the Great Bell, known as Big Ben, has been mostly hidden from view since a £79.7m conservation projection began in 2017.
In December 2021, the clock face was revealed to show the work that has taken place, including the restoration of the original colour scheme.
While the name Big Ben nowadays refers to the entire clock tower, 'Big Ben' is actually the name of the largest bell inside the tower, used to chime the hours and has been keeping time in the UK capital since 1859.
See more at www.parliament.uk
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London in lock down . . . Pandemic 2020
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