Lunchtime Streets

What is Lunchtime Streets?

“Lunchtime Streets” was held on St Mary Axe on the 13 - 15 August from 12 - 2pm.

This event featured, music, food, coffee, bicycle showcase, smoothie bikes, trees, seating and more. The next event will be on Chancery Lane on 3 - 5th September.

Lunchtime Streets is an event that removes motor traffic from a street over a lunchtime period, so people can enjoy their lunch in a safer and more pleasant environment.

Making the streets safer for people is key to both the City of London Corporation's and the Mayor of London's Transport Strategies.

We use this type of temporary project to measure the effects and perceptions of the local community when reducing traffic at a peak times, when most people are travelling on foot or bicycle will be key to making the streets safer. The results of the study may lead to future enhancements of the public realm.

It is also a great way to enjoy your lunchtimes. We welcome the involvement of local working, studying and residential community.

Coming Soon - Lunchtime Streets Chancery Lane... find out more below!

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Chancery Lane

The next Lunchtime Streets initiative will take place at Chancery Lane:

  • Tuesday 3 September
  • Wednesday 4 September
  • Thursday 5 September

On these days Chancery will be closed to motor vehicles from 10am to 3pm, with lunchtime activities taking place between midday and 2pm.

A full programme will be posted online before the event...but you can expect more plants and planters, seating, food stalls, a bike show, giant garden games and more, and even more!

We welcome any involvement from local businesses, workers and residents.

Please contact the City Corporation’s Road Danger Reduction team to share any suggestions and register any needs:

rdr@cityoflondon.gov.uk

Upcoming Lunchtime Streets

Chancery Lane

We are excited to announce we will be hosting a lunchtime streets on Chancery Lane on:

  • Tuesday 3 September
  • Wednesday 4 September
  • Thursday 5 September

On these days Chancery Lane will be closed to motor vehicles from 10.30am to 3pm, with lunchtime activities taking place between midday and 2pm.

The street will be transformed with various activities, information stalls, temporary seating, music and more. Lunchtime Streets will allow workers, residents and visitors to enjoy a traffic free lunch break.

The consultations to bring Lunchtime Streets to Chancery Lane, the City of London’s western boundary, during the first week of September is currently underway. We want to ensure we are developing a proposal that will not only deliver a high-quality experience but also consider how the temporary closure might affect deliveries/access to the street.

We would especially like to hear from residents, business, building and facilities managers etc. to understand how we might need to accommodate your needs on the day.

We also welcome any involvement from local workers and residents.

Please contact the City Corporation’s Road Danger Reduction team to share any suggestions and register any needs:

rdr@cityoflondon.gov.uk

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Is this something you would like to see on your street?

You can also let us know what you think by filling out this two minute survey: Lunchtime Streets.

Email us at rdr@cityoflondon.gov.uk

Is this a new concept?

No - Cities around the world have been finding ways to demonstrate that they put people first and that streets can be re-imagined and do not always need to be dominated by vehicles.

In European capitals such as Oslo, Copenhagen and Amsterdam (to name a few) timed closures and car-free days or times in City centre streets have shown they can improve the quality of the air, the safety of the streets, and encourage people to use and enjoy the public realm.

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Fitness in the Street! Source: www.nextpittsburgh.com

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Shoreditch Parklet. Source: www.meristemdesign.co.uk

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Greening and Seating. Source: Kcrag

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Street closure in New York.

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