Karaoke, yoga, quizzes and food stalls will displace traffic jams in legal London's main thoroughfare next month. A 'city parklet' complete with deckchairs and food stalls will tempt lawyers away from desktop sandwiches in Chancery Lane.

Obiter will be joining lawyers and other office workers between 3 and 5 September to enjoy ‘vibrant activities, music and food’, arranged by the City of London Corporation as part of its Lunchtime Streets initiative. 

Chancery Lane will be closed to traffic from Carey Street to Southampton Buildings from 10.30am to 3pm for the three-day event, which will promote ‘safer, healthier, people-friendly streets for everyone to enjoy’.

For those of you not in the shadow of the Royal Courts of Justice, St Mary Axe – home to the Gherkin and Cheesegrater skyscrapers – is currently hosting a similar event, complete with a smoothie bike, coffee stalls and a bicycle showcase.

Tim Bacon, director of the Chancery Lane Association, said: ‘Historically, Chancery Lane was seen as the heart of the legal world, but in recent years we’ve welcomed an influx of new businesses from media, healthcare and technology sectors – bringing new life to the area.

‘This event will give thousands of workers the opportunity to spill out of their offices and enjoy the reimagined space.’