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The City of London

Discover a compelling blend of modern culture and rich heritage in London’s financial heart.

The City of London is the capital’s business hub and home to many of its most iconic historical landmarks, notably St. Paul’s Cathedral. Gaze up at skyscrapers, wander through pleasant plazas and visit some of the legendary attractions that have made London famous.

Also known simply as the City or the Square Mile, this district roughly follows the former limits of the first Roman settlement of the area known as “Londinium.” The City retains elements of its medieval character, but many of its historic structures were destroyed during the Great Fire of London in 1666. Learn about this devastating event at the Monument to the Great Fire of London. Gaze up at the monument’s 202-foot (62-meter) tall column and ascend the 311 steps to the top for an excellent view.

To the west of the monument is St. Paul’s Cathedral, an emblem of London’s recovery from the Great Fire. Although there has been a place of worship on this site for over 1,400 years, the current incarnation dates back to the late 17th century. Learn about the genius of architect Sir Christopher Wren, who designed this landmark church with its iconic dome. Inside, view intricate stone carvings and exquisite mosaics.

Browse the upscale boutiques housed inside the Royal Exchange, a former trading and commerce center. Visit the adjacent Bank of England, one of the oldest banks in the world, and its fascinating museum. The museum exhibits artifacts from the bank’s collections, including coins, prints, books and photographs, some of which date as far back as Roman times.

Relax in some of the district’s small squares, such as Finsbury Circus. Admire its bandstand and watch locals on the bowling green.

Check out the eclectic range of stores found in the One New Change shopping center. Head to the center’s public roof terrace for lovely views of St. Paul’s Cathedral.

The City of London is at the heart of the metropolis of London. It is well-connected to the surrounding London area by the London Underground.

Enjoy your visit to the neighborhood where London was born.


Guide to Exploring The City of London


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Apex City Of London Hotel

Apex City Of London Hotel

1 Seething Lane, London
4.6
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This large, contemporary building is located in The City, 400 meters from the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and 750 meters from the Bank of England.

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Club Quarters Hotel, St. Paul's

Club Quarters Hotel, St. Paul's

24 Ludgate Hill, London
4.3
of 5, from 1,487 reviews
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Located in the courtyard of historic Stationers Hall, this club-like hotel is within walking distance of the Tate Modern, the Museum of London, and Millennium Bridge.

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Apex Temple Court Hotel

Apex Temple Court Hotel

1-2 Serjeants Inn, London
4.7
of 5, from 669 reviews
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Located in The City of London, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Paul's Cathedral, King's College London, and Old Bailey. London Bridge and London Stock Exchange are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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Grange St. Paul's

Grange St. Paul's

10 Godliman Street, London
4.3
of 5, from 427 reviews
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Located in The City of London, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of St. Paul's Cathedral and London Stock Exchange. Old Bailey and Globe Theatre are also within 10 minutes.

$141
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London -Tower of London

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London -Tower of London

7 Pepys Street, London
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Located in The City of London, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tower of London and The Gherkin. London Bridge and Tower Bridge are also within 15 minutes.

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Novotel London Tower Bridge

Novotel London Tower Bridge

10 Pepys Street, London
4.4
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This family-friendly London hotel is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of Tower of London and The Gherkin. London Bridge and Tower Bridge are also within 15 minutes.

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Grange City Hotel

Grange City Hotel

8-14 Cooper's Row, London
4.1
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Situated in the City of London, the hotel is blocks from the Tower of London and Tower Hill tube station and 700 metres from Tower Bridge. London Theatres and St. Paul's Cathedral are within 2 km (1 mi).

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