The City Courant Souvenir Edition

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Contents

Welcome: Founder and editor Jeannine Saba and executive editor John Foley welcome readers

Cloth Fair: The original site of the Fair, where number 41-42 survives as the oldest inhabited house in the City of London

City Mind Teasers: A puzzle and quiz from John Foley – with the answers here.

Retail Therapy: The City Courant discovers the most sensational gifts in the area

The Bart of the Matter: Matthew Bell traces the history of the Fair, Church and Hospital

Spirit of the City: The City’s five Business Improvement Districts will host Fair Spectaculars.

Needles to say: Adam Dant on camels, eyes of needles and the Merchant Taylors Company

In Full Swing: John Nixon’s watercolour shows the rides on offer at the Fair

Fun: Collage artist Sarah Perkins celebrates All the Fun of the Fair

Enduring Worship: The Reverend Marcus Walker tells the 900-year story of Great St Bartholomew

The play’s the thing: John Foley urges a new production of Ben Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair (1614) in the Barbican for 2024

Founding Fathers: Mick O’Hare reveals literary and Livery connections in Cloth Fair. Professor Charles Knight (OBE), chief executive of St Bartholomew’s Hospital, highlights commemorations from Barts 900 anniversary year.

The gloves are off: Al Farquhar reviews the astonishing variety of performances at the Fair, including bare-knuckle fights.

The beat goes on: Will Palin, CEO of Barts Heritage Trust, on the Fair’s imminent revival

Local knowledge: Examples of what’s on offer at the Fair from 31 August to 16 September

Food for Thought: This autumn the Cook and Butler offer fine dining in venues including two sumptuous rooms at Guildhall

Past and Present: A cast of City characters

A Courant Day: If we had our way, every day would be like this …

Our City of London Map: Created by Adam Dant

Complimentary Souvenir copies of The City Courant will be available from 30 August at St Paul’s Catherdral, GuildHall Art Gallery, Royal Exchange, and City of London Information Centre, plus Benjamin Pollocks Toy shop in Covent Garden while they last.

The City Courant magazine is under the umbrella of Piero Publishing who also produce The Covent Gardener The Mayfarer and bespoke publications for The Dorchester hotel and Hines Real Estate. To support or advertise in Issue 3 of The City Courant please get in touch: email  jeannine@pieropublishing.com