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.
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, with the recent additions of "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
- 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
Take a free Sandemans New London Tour and learn about the attractions listed above as well as London Bridge, The Church of the Knights Templar (of Da Vinci Code fame!) and the World War II Blitz.
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.
Travel to the City of London by Train
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
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.
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
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