City of London Corporation boosts seating and greening as Square Mile welcomes back workers and visitors

The City of London Corporation has today (23 July) agreed to install additional seating and greening across the Square Mile following the easing of most legal restrictions in England.

The public realm measures, initially agreed as part of the City Corporation’s Transport Recovery Plan in July last year, provide temporary seats and planters in quieter streets. The first 10 sites were delivered across the City in December 2020 and January 2021.

The measures provide a greener and more welcoming environment for people to return to the City with accessible, high-quality outdoor space located near to food and beverage premises.

The low-maintenance, sustainable planting elements align with the City Corporation’s radical Climate Action Strategy.

The City Corporation is now considering a handful of locations - such as Finsbury Circus, Tudor Street and Eastcheap - for future sites which are expected to be installed in September.

Chairman of the City Corporation’s Streets and Walkways Sub-Committee, Graham Packham, said:

“With the removal of the majority of the Government’s restrictions, it is vital City streets remain safe and comfortable for those in the Square Mile.

“These vibrant outdoor spaces provide much needed space for people to meet with colleagues, friends and loved ones and to make the most of the historic setting of the City of London.”

Chairman of the City Corporation’s Projects Sub-Committee, Keith Bottomley, said:

“Those who have visited the City recently may already made good use of the existing seating and greening in our public realm, and it is great news that even more will soon be available as increasing numbers of people return to the City.

“These measures provide a striking pop of colour in the City and are a fantastic place to rest, relax or dine in the unique Square Mile setting.”

The measures are relocatable, and the locations will be monitored and adjusted as required.

The project is partly funded by the City of London Corporation, the Cheapside Business Alliance, and the Reopening High Streets Safely and Welcome Back government funds.

Earlier this week the City of London Corporation doubled down on efforts to support the hospitality sector with a 12-month extension to pavement licences for suitable City premises.


Notes to Editors:

The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk



Shani Annand-Baron
Media Officer (Planning and Transportation)
City of London Corporation
E: shani.annand-baron@cityoflondon.gov.uk