Tuesday 15th September saw three partners, City of London Corporation, City A.M. and Grange Hotels, come together to launch a guide that will connect, influence and support those who work and visit the City of London. The City Workers’ Guide, a pocket-sized booklet crammed with top tips on where to lunch alfresco; where to grab your morning coffee; where to catch some culture; or where to wine and dine a client, is the answer to knowing “what’s going on in our own home” (Lawson Muncaster, City A.M.). The guide also comes in app form for both android and apple devices, and promises to continue the life of the tangible guide through updates and notifications whilst providing a unique platform for communication and engagement.
Grange St. Paul’s Hotel
Over 400,000 people work in this historic and financial Square Mile, but do they know the intricacies of the rich tapestry offered by the City of London? Grange Hotels’ MD Tony Matharu, in his address, remembered when the late Bob Hoskins was asked to switch on the Christmas tree lights to a rather small crowd. “We knew about it”, he added, “but the thousands of workers only moments away probably didn’t”. David Pearson, Director of Culture, Heritage & Libraries at City of London Corporation, spoke of how we want those workers to stay and look around them. “Businesses will thrive if their workforces are supported with the creative comforts – good food and food for the soul”.
Tony Matharu, Grange Hotels’ MD
Making the most of the city is the aim, and the guide will be widely distributed via City A.M. and around local businesses. It is also a testament to how much the city has changed and developed in the last decade, becoming not just the financial powerhouse of the country but offering, like its West End counterpart, a diverse choice of entertainment, culture, dining and retail.
Lawson Muncaster, Founder of City A.M.
The guide will be available in Grange Hotels’ City-based hotel bedrooms, in reception areas and at concierge desks so that our guests can also benefit from the ‘inside knowledge’ abounding in its pages. Suggestions such as ‘Points of View’ reveal where the best spots are for that craved-after skyline view, whilst ‘In the Know’ lists where you could borrow a book about business, pick up a free lecture or find the City Wellbeing Practice.
Nick Bodger, Head of Cultural and Visitor Development at City of London Corporation, comments: “The Sky Bar at Grange St. Paul’s Hotel with its views of St Paul’s Cathedral and the skyscrapers of our tall buildings cluster provided the perfect venue for the launch of the guide, juxtaposing the City’s extraordinary heritage and architecture with the offices of some of the world’s most successful businesses. And that’s what this guide does, pick it up or download the app, and learn how to juxtapose work with play in a City whose greatest wealth is in the range of cultural and leisure opportunities it offers.”