Christmas food and drink

Christmas is a time for families, friends and communities to get together and share food and drink and each other’s company.

The City community is no different. As an international University in the heart of London where the world’s best come to learn and educate, so many traditions come together. Whether you start Christmas morning with a prosecco or M&Ms, we hope you have the chance this holiday to meet friends and family to enjoy a meal or party. Maybe some of these dishes will inspire your own culinary experiments. Each link takes you through to a recipe from our collections on CityLibrary Search.

The big meal

Read more about the history of “traditional Christmas Dinners” through CityLibrary Search 


  • Home made rich spicy Christmas cake “Very special, can’t get it at any other time”
  • Mince pies, mulled wine, tin of well known confectionery, alcohol, cheese” says one member of staff “I also like to pull a Christmas cracker”. We’re not going there.

Explore the sweet meats of yesteryear through CityLibrary Search


Sweeties and snacks

  •  A family tub of Cheetoes “it’s low maintainence” says one member of staff.
  • Catie says she has Prosecco first thing in the morning on Christmas Day (UK) OR M&Ms all day long (US) . Why not both this year?

Find out more about how Christmas parties were organised in the past through CityLibrary Search




  • Cherry Brandy Samantha says “It’s a lovely treat I only have once every two years with my mother-in-law at Christmas when we visit them and we will always say to each other from about 9am onwards, “Is it a bit early for a cherry brandy?” before finally succumbing at about 3pm after our meal.”
  • Hot toddy “After a busy few months from Oct – Dec I inevitably get ill over the Christmas vacation and a hot toddy with the medicinal whiskey, lemon, and honey with the warming spices of cinnamon and cloves is like a hug from one of Santa’s cuter and more approachable reindeer in a mug” says Rachel.
  • Mulled wine “Just love that cinnamon and orange slices” says one member of staff. “A proper winter warmer in a cup. Cracking” says another.
  • A whisky mac, nothing else will do. Late in the evening, settled in my chair with the Christmas tree lights on and sipping a warming whisky mac, despite the cold, the wind, the rain or snow.

Find out more about what makes a Christmas drink with CityLibrary Search.


If all else fails

Cheese! “Every year, Christmas Day evening,” Chloe says, “we will have a cheese board and play fun board games”.


This year (2017) the Northampton Square Library will be open 27th – 29th December 10 am – 6 PM for self-service and reference only use. Check Library Services website for more information on library opening times.

What’s your favourite festive food? Tell us below.

Library Loves Feedback Pop-Ups: 20th-24th November

All this week Library Staff will be popping-up across the University to find out what you think about Library Services. We’d like to know what you love and why you love it: plus, your ideas for how we can improve things too.

Your feedback really does make a difference: it helps us plan and make changes for the benefit of everyone who uses the Library’s services, resources and spaces.

As well as librarians popping-up everywhere and chatting in-person, we’ll also have Feedback Walls at all of our sites so that you can post your comments anonymously: you’ll also be able to read other people’s thoughts as well as any responses from Library Staff.

Branded Library Loves Feedback poster with dates in November
Library Loves Feedback: November

Pop-ups at Northampton Square:

Monday 20th Nov


University Building Walkway 10:30-11:00
Tuesday 21st Nov


Rhind Building Entrance 12:45-13:15
Wednesday 22nd Nov


Drysdale 1st floor walkway (nr garden entrance) 13:30-14:00
Thursday 23rd Nov


Oliver Thomson Lecture Theatre foyer 15:45-16:15
Friday 24th Nov


Drysdale Lower Ground 10:45-11:15

Pop-ups at City Law School, Gray’s Inn Place:

Tuesday 21st Nov


Common Room, Atkin Building, Gray’s Inn Place 12:15-13:00

Pop-ups at the Cass Business School, Bunhill Row:

Wednesday 22nd Nov


Outside the Cass Learning Resource Centre 14:15-14:45

Don’t forget, there are lots of other ways to contact us too including via email, Online Chat, and Social Media: let us know what you think!


OSCOLA Tutorial

The Oxford University Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA) is a guide to legal citation and it is the standard citing and referencing format used by The City Law School.
Citing what you have read to complete an assignment is not only important to avoid plagiarism, but it also makes your argument stronger.
Where do I start?
First, download the OSCOLA Handbook. The guide contains all the rules you need to know.
Then you can check the interactive tutorial that Library Services, in cooperation with LEaD, have put together. You can find it in our Citing & Referencing guide:
The tutorial will guide you through everything you need to know.
Need further help?
If after doing the tutorial you are still confused or you have questions to ask, come along to meet your subject librarian at the following times and locations:
Innovation Centre Library 1st floor, every Wednesday from 1-3pm
Gray’s Inn Place Library, every Thursday 11am-1pm.
Ask at the Library Service Desk if you get lost!


From the archive: The Lord Mayor’s Show

Tomorrow (Saturday November 11th), City, University of London students will be taking part in the Annual Lord Mayor of London’s Procession.  Although our involvement in the procession goes back many decades, the history of the procession dates right back to the reign of King John in the 12th Century.

A Short History

King John, having done enough to become known as Bad King John, conceeded to the people of London the right elect their own Mayor.  Part of this deal was that the Mayor would have to be presented to the King each year (although this soon changed to the King or his Justices in Westminster).

Over the centuries, the procession of the Lord Mayor and his colleagues to be presented, changed from a simple matter of a bunch of men on horseback to a grander procession involving musical accompaniment in the form of trumpets that would take place partly on land and partly along the Thames (in 1453 Sir John Norman built himself a stately barge for the occasion).

From the 16th century, the procession became more of a pageant and would include figures from London mythology such as the giant Gogmagog and its slayer, Corineus.  After the Second World War, the procession expanded to include such organisations as the Scouts and the Territorial Army alongside the various City Companies that had always taken part.

One of the highlights of the show is the Lord Mayor’s Coach – one made in the 18th century and elaborately adorned with paintings and gold.  It spends most of the year on display at the Museum of London but is brought out each year on the second Saturday in November for the Lord Mayor’s Show.

The coach brought an end to riding on horseback and travelling by boat for a long time.  However, this year, before the main procession, the Mayor will travel along the Thames in the Queen’s barge, QRB Gloriana.

The Involvement of City

The involvement of City’s students dates back many decades and involved the creation of a float adorned by all kinds of creations and fancy dress costumes – as can be seen in these newly digitised photos from the CityArchives.

float under construction
Lord Mayor’s Show float under construction at Wapping Nov ’66

This photo from 1966 shows students at a secret location in Wapping building a float to demonstrate the pursuits of the (then brand new) University’s scientific departments, including a nice representation of 1960s computers.

Here, at an unknown date that looks like it might be about the same time, a student demonstrates their acrobatic skills as people watch on from above a City branch of the National Westminster Bank.

A person in a tracksuit somersaulting with National Westminster Bank in the background.
The Lord Mayor’s Show (Student Rags and Carnivals)

Also in the late 1960s, outside St Paul’s Cathedral, the University’s “Welcome to Britain” themed float gives a flavour of late-60s Britain including a large tin of Baked Beans, Fish and Chips, miners, schoolboys and various historical figures.


In the same year, the University organised a fun fair not far away – which can be seen here.

Lord Mayor's Show float in front of St Paul's Cathedral.
Lord Mayor’s Show c. 1969.

In the early 70s, the float was what seems a slightly madcap affair and features, among an assortment of costumes, a dangling carrot, aeroplane, a giant telephone and Tower Bridge complete with a ship underneath.  The number on the telephone, incidentally, is for Scotland Yard and was the number to call before 999.

Lord Mayor's Show Procession City University float
Lord Mayor’s Show Procession City University float c.1970

By the 90s, the idea of a mechanical float seemed to have been disappeared.  Instead, in 1993, students formed a centipede decorated with the flags of nations represented by the University – displaying the wonderful diversity that is still evident at City today.  While, in 1996, our representatives took to the streets dressed as bright orange carrots.

Lord Mayor's Show students in centipede costume in front of St Paul's
Lord Mayor’s Show 1993 The Centipede.

Lord Mayor's Show arial shot students with huge City University balloon dressed as carrots
Lord Mayor’s Show 1996


This year, City, University of London will be the 106th participant in the procession this year, just behind the United Wards’ Club with Rotary International in GB & Ireland but just before the British Red Cross.

What they will get up to this year is a closely guarded secret but you can watch them proudly walk through the City either in person or on TV – The Lord Mayor’s Show will be broadcast on BBC One from 10.45-12.05.  Full details (including for the Fireworks later in the day and the route) can be found on the Lord Mayor Show’s website and this post on our own website (which actually reveals that closely guarded secret!).

Enjoy the show!

Northampton Square Library – Level 5 weekend closure

Level 5 of the Northampton Square Library will be closed on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th November.  It will re-open at 10am on Monday 13th.

This is to allow for some urgent works to our  radiators, which will help to ensure that you are all kept warm this winter.

Requesting items

We know that you will want to use some of the books from Level 5, so staff will be operating a fetching service.  To request items you will need to complete a form, available from the library Service Desk, giving us your name, your barcode number, and the title and shelfmark of the item(s) you want.  As usual, you will need to use CityLibrary Search to find the details and check availability.

We will fetch items at 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm.  Items will be ready to collect 30 minutes after the collection time.

Alternatively, pop by today to get the items you will need for the weekend.

Silent study spaces

Silent study spaces will be available on Levels 4 and 6.

Stock moves

To prepare for this work we will have to move a small amount of library stock on Friday.  We will put up signage to let you know where to find the books you need.

We, and our colleagues in Property and Facilities, apologise for the inconvenience that this causes.

Online resources update for School of Health Sciences

CINAHL Complete

The library has upgraded CINAHL database from CINAHL Plus with Full Text to CINAHL Complete which allows access to more full text journal articles.

CINAHL provides contents mostly in nursing specialties but it also covers general health and medicine, speech and language pathology, radiography, psychology and more. CINAHL Complete can be accessed via CityLibrary Search or the Databases A-Z list.

eBook Nursing Collection

This new collection comprises of more than 540 e-books mostly in nursing including clinical guides, evidence-based practice manuals and practical handbooks. It also covers e-books on allied health profession such as radiography, midwifery and patient communication. The collection is available from Ebscohost platform which is accessible via CityLibrary Search or the Databases A-Z list and the title list is available online.  

E-Books Screenshot







For questions about either of the resources listed mentioned in this post please contact Endang Scanlon, Subject Librarian for Health Sciences and Radiography. 

Radiographers: the professionals behind the medical images and the treatment

World Radiography Day is celebrated on the 8th November which marks the discovery of x-rays on 8th November 1895 by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen (Society and College of Radiographers, 2017) who later won the very first Nobel prize in 1901 (, 2014).

Have you met a radiographer?

Most of us probably would have, whether it is to do with ourselves or members of our families and friends, who, because of injuries or diseases or conditions need diagnosis or treatment in a hospital.

There are two types of radiographers: diagnostic radiographers and therapeutic radiographers.

Poster with images of radiographers in action

Diagnostic radiographers take images of the inside of our body using the right imaging equipment to help in identifying what may go wrong inside our body.  For example, they can detect whether there is a problem caused by foreign objects in our system, something wrong with our digestive system, maybe a problem with our blood vessels etc. Ultrasound, X-rays, Computed Tomography or Magnetic Resonance Imaging are their methods in finding out whereabouts or what is going on inside our body.

Therapeutic radiographers or radiotherapy radiographers on the other hand, are more about delivering treatment using radiation.

Both of them must have knowledge on human anatomy, physiology, pathology, physics, high-technology equipment and more (National Awareness days, 2009-2017). As they also take care of patients, in addition, they need to know about the skills and the familiarities of patient care.

When something is not right inside our body, when the pain is unbearable, when the anxiety grows stronger (not knowing for certain what is going to happen) and when family and friends start feeling distressed, what we want is to get help and feel a lot better. While attempts are made in helping us recover from all of these, Radiographers play an important role in a large medical team.

So, let’s recognise their involvement and celebrate the World Radiography Day by acknowledging their great work to our colleagues, friends, parents and anyone who is associated with radiography.

Thank you Radiographers and everyone who educates anyone else to become a Radiographer.

Happy Radiography Day!

Written by Endang Scanlon, Subject Librarian for Health Sciences and Radiography. Check out Endang’s Library Guide for Radiography.



Society and College of Radiographers (2017). World Radiography Day. Available at  (Accessed: 3 November 2017). (2014). The Very First Nobel Prizes. Available at (Accessed: 3 November 2017).

National Awareness Days (2009-2017). World Radiography Day. Available at (Accessed: 3 November 2017).

From the archive: The Beacon

The Archives Group at City Library are responsible for maintaining and preserving City’s Archives and Special Collections. We are currently working on a number of exciting projects to make the content more accessible to staff, students and external researchers.

In our new series From the archive, each month we’ll be selecting a collection from the archive to share with the world via the News Hub. This month it’s the turn of the beloved student magazine The Beacon. Edited and written entirely by students we hold print runs of The Beacon from the late 1940s until the early 1980s.

The Beacon provides a fascinating insight into the lives of City students throughout this period; the things which were important to them at the time and local political issues of the day. We can also see the activities of the student’s union reflected in the pages, with concerts, theatre productions, dances and sports all recorded or advertised.  

If you would like to find out more about City’s Archives and Special collections please visit our Archives Guide or email 

Cass Learning Resource Centre closure, Sunday 19th November

The Cass Business School building at Bunhill Row will be closed on Sunday 19th November in order to carry out essential electrical works.

Due to the closure of the building there will be no access to the Learning Resource Centre on that date.

Alternative library facilities are available at Northampton Square Library, City Law School Library (Gray’s Inn Place) and City Law School Library (Northampton Square).

We apologise for any inconvenience caused while our colleagues in Property and Facilities carry out these essential works.