The City of London

Discover London's oldest quarter, the City of London.

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.

Geographically, The City sits in the heart of London, a short walk from the West End, historic Southwark, the South Bank, and Brick Lane

Travel to the City of London by Train

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 station you can also catch trains to other destinations around the UK such as Norwich, Ipswich and Cambridge.

Buy your train tickets in advance with thetrainline.com.

Travel Around the City of London

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.

Other main train stations in the City of London include London Blackfriars, City Thameslink, London Fenchurch Street, London Cannon Street, and Moorgate.

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. You can also cruise along the River Thames with City Cruises from the pier outside the Tower of London.

If you're going to be in London for more than a day, it's worth buying a Visitor Oyster Card in advance. The Visitor Oyster Card is delivered to your home before you arrive in London. It is one of the easiest ways to get around London.

If you do not have a Visitor Oyster Card, but still plan to travel around London for more than a day, buy an Oyster card at the Tube station. Learn more about Oyster Cards.

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

Notable recent buildings in the City of London include the Lloyd's Building and Sir Norman Foster's eco-friendly 'Gherkin', 30 St Mary Axe.

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:

Take a London city walking tour, or download a free London city map and explore on foot by yourself.

Alternatively, got to the City of London Information Centre to find out more.

Things to do in The City of London: Shopping

Browse the historic Leadenhall Market, or head to Old Spitalfields Market near Liverpool Street station for a wide range of trendy shops and stalls. 

You will find high street favourites from Topshop to Karen Millen at shopping centre at One New Change, which also boasts a roof terrace with views of St Paul's Cathedral.

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

For a restaurant with view of London, dine at Coq D'Argent or the highest restaurant in the UK, Duck & Waffle.

Indulge in touch of class with a first-rate steak at Hawksmoor Guildhall or a Michelin-starred dinner at restaurant Club Gascon.

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. 

Luxury starts at the Andaz Liverpool Street Hotel and Doubletree by Hilton London - Tower of London hotel, which has a roof-top bar with views across London's famous landmarks.

Book a convenient room in The City at Apex City of London Hotel or Thistle City Barbican

For cheap hotels in London city, the Think Tower Bridge Apartments and London YHA St Paul's offer affordable accommodation. See more hotels in the City of London

More About The City of London

Find out more about the City of London at cityoflondon.gov.uk

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