If you're looking for something to keep you entertained on your commute, then check out these special Culture Mile editions of The Commuter Club's weekly podcast, playlist and extended read.
Want to find Shakespeare's London home? Fancy meeting the first violinist in the London Symphony Orchestra? Or just want to know where to find a peaceful park in the City? Then read on to brighten your journey with art, anecdotes, history, culture and everything in between.
Culture Mile podcast: Violins, the Barbican and mindfulness
Explore the home of contemporary culture in the ancient heart of London's working capital. Meet Culture Mile Nights Tour Guide Tom Bolton, who details the fascinating history of the Barbican and beyond; hear from the supremely talented Maxine Kwok, first violinist in the London Symphony Orchestra; visit Details. on Long Lane with Rashmi and Fabiana, who tell us the story behind their business; and learn more about what makes the Culture Mile so special with Andrew Smith, Managing Partner at BDB Pitmans and Vice Chair of the Culture Mile Business Partnership. Plus, enjoy Commuter Calm, a mindfulness exercise brought to you by Maggie's Barts.
Culture Mile playlist: modern interpretations of ancient imaginations
Culture Mile is a place where ancient meets modern. A place where creativity can be found around every corner. That spirit is evocatively captured in composer, artist, and creator Nicola Perikhanyan’s carefully curated playlist. Here’s what Nicola had to say:
“In this playlist I’ve tried to capture modern interpretations of ancient imaginations. I’ve chosen tracks that fuse ancient instruments, transcendental vocals and evolving atmospheres. Electronic instruments tend to sound more organic when placed alongside traditional instruments, creating a rich new sound world.”
Smithfield Market: monks, meat and merriment
This week’s Extended Read was written in 2018 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Smithfield Market. In this piece, Kate Sumnall, Roy Stephenson and Alex Werner take us on a journey through the rich history of the Smithfield area, including the magnificent Victorian market buildings of West Smithfield — future home of the new Museum of London.