Founded by the Romans in AD50 and home to some of Britain's best-loved attractions, London city includes Tower Bridge, The Tower of London and St Paul's Cathedral.
The City of London is based on the original Roman town of Londinium, founded in around AD50. The City's boundaries have remained almost constant since the Middle Ages and it is often called The Square Mile, as it is almost exactly one square mile (2.6 square kilometres) in area.
Today the City of London is roughly bordered by Liverpool Street, Tower Hill, Blackfriars and Barbican Tube stations.
Travel in and around the City of London
The Stansted Express train from Stansted Airport drops visitors at Liverpool Street station, right in the heart of London city's business district. From Liverpool Street, it's easy to travel by Tube, bus, taxi and train into Central London or other local areas. You can also hire a bicycle and ride to your next destination.
Travel into East London on the DLR from Bank station.
Take a river bus services from the banks of the Thames in The City for a great way to see London.
Things to see in the City of London
The City contains a rich variety of architectural styles. There are many churches by 17th century architect, Sir Christopher Wren, as well as financial institutions from the 18th and 19th centuries. You can also find 20th century architecture such as the Old Bailey and one of London's principal examples of concrete Brutalist architecture, the 1960s Barbican Estate.
The City of London's skyline is always changing and in 2014 two more skyscrapers are scheduled for completion: "The Walkie-Talkie" building at 20 Fenchurch Street, and the "The Cheesegrater" at 122 Leadenhall Street.
The City is home of some of London's best-loved attractions including:
- Tower Bridge
- The Monument
- The Tower of London
- St Paul's Cathedral
- Barbican Centre, home of the London Symphony Orchestra
- Royal Exchange
- Museum of London
- Clockmaker's Museum
- Bank of England Museum
- Guildhall Art Gallery
- Guildhall Library
- Mansion House
- Bishopsgate Institute
- Dr Johnson's House
- Goldsmith's Hall
- St Dunstan in the East
Alternatively, got to the City of London Information Centre to find out more.
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Things to do in The City of London: Restaurants
The City of London is a great place to dine in style. Gordon Ramsay's Bread Street Kitchen, Jamie Oliver's Barbecoa, and Marco Pierre White's Steak and Alehouse are just some of the celebrity chef restaurants in the City of London.
Explore the different flavours of the world with an Indian meal at Mint Leaf Lounge; a New York-inspired dinner at Strip Bar and Steak; or a taste of Corsica and Provence at French restaurant, Cigalon.
Be aware that large sections of The City remain quiet at weekends and it's quite common to find pubs and cafes closed on Saturday and Sunday.
Accommodation in The City of London
You can stay very comfortably in a London city hotel and there are types of accommodation to suit all needs, tastes and budgets.
More About The City of London
Find out more about the City of London at cityoflondon.gov.uk