London area of City guide

What to do and where to stay in London's City neighbourhood

The Square Mile is the space that was contained within the mediaeval walls of London, a history remembered each November in the pomp of the Lord Mayor's Show. Now it is the nation's financial centre and embodies the capital's mix of tradition and change. A place of mighty skyscrapers, this tiny area (only twenty minutes walk from one side to the other) generates 3% of the UK's income. The City by night is among the most stunning sights in London, a ghost town of towering skyscrapers and stunning ancient buildings, including St. Paul's Cathedral, the spiritual heart of Great Britain, and the Bank of England, which has regulated the finances of Britain from the same spot since 1694. Around the edges of the city are a few business hotels and stupendously expensive restaurants and bars, where the super-rich can blow their bonuses.

See our recommended nearby City Hotels, Entertainment, Sights and Attractions, Shopping, Restaurants, Pubs, Nightlife, Leisure, Education, and Meeting Venues.

City Hotels

in or near City
Apex London Wall Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
7-9 Copthall Avenue, EC2R
In the heart of the financial district and close to the Bank of England, the newly opened Apex London Wall Hotel, is within walking distance of ... More
Threadneedles, Marriott Autograph Collection
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
5 Threadneedles Street, EC2R
Housed in an esteemed former banking hall in the City, this magnificent boutique hotel provides a luxurious sanctuary. The spacious rooms are decorated in a chic ... More
Club Quarters Gracechurch
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
7 Gracechurch Street, EC3V
The location of Club Quarters Gracechurch in the heart of the City has made it a favourite with business travellers. A cheerily macho atmosphere permeates from ... More

City Entertainment

in or near City
Heroes Grotto of Comedy
London > Entertainment > Comedy Clubs
27 Throgmorton Street, City, London EC2N
Empty for four years, the building next to Drapers Hall and behind the Bank of England which used to be Throgmortons became Heroes Grotto of Comedy ... More
Barbican Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Silk Street, City, London EC2Y
The Barbican Centre's two theatre spaces - the Barbican Theatre and The Pit - offer everything from gritty reality to far-flung fantasy, from dance to ... More
Barbican Centre
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
Silk Street, City, London EC2Y
Described by the Queen as 'one of the wonders of the modern world' , the Barbican Centre has also been voted 'London's ugliest building'. Ugly or ... More

City Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near City
Bank of England Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
Bartholomew Lane, City, London EC2R
Sorry, no free samples here but you can get your hands on a real gold bar. Housed within the Bank of England, the Bank of England ... More
Mansion House
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
City of London, City, London EC4N
Mansion House, the Palace of the London Mayor, was originally for the Lord Mayor to represent the City in appropriate style, Sir Crispin Gascoigne was the ... More
Museum of London
London > Attractions > Museums
150 London Wall, City, London EC2Y
Experience the real flavour of London life from the prehistoric to present day when you visit the Museum of London, a modern ... More

City Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's City
Ted Baker & Friends
London > Shopping > Clothing
120 Cheapside, City, London EC2V
We love the average Ted Baker store but with Ted Baker & Friends the cool fashion label has taken the shopping experience one step further - ... More
London > Shopping > Hair and Grooming
86 Moorgate, City, London EC2M
An old-fashioned barber’s patronised by city gentlemen and established in 1904. As well as a shampoo and cut you can also have the traditional hot towel ... More
Beau Gems
London > Shopping > Jewellery
26 Royal Exchange, City, London EC3V
A high-class repair service for all varieties of damaged items. Antique jewellery and second-hand designer watches are on offer.... More

City Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near City London?
Hawksmoor Guildhall
London > Restaurants > American restaurants
10 Basinghall Street, City, London EC2V
Frequently cited as 'the best steakhouse' in London, Hawksmoor has built up a reputation for serving up top quality British steaks, cooked simply over charcoal. Will ... More
Enoteca Guildhall
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
10-12 Basinghall Street, City, London EC2V
Located down a backstreet between Bank and St Paul's, Enoteca Guildhall is an intimate 38-seat restaurant and wine bar with a stylish décor, open-plan kitchen and ... More
The Telegraph
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
11 Telegraph Street, Moorgate, City, London EC2R
A great choice for hearty cuisine near Moorgate, The Telegraph offers a daily changing menu using fresh and seasonal ingredients. The fare ranges from traditional British ... More

City Pubs

The best pubs in or near London City.
The Old Red Cow
London > Nightlife > Pubs
71 Long Lane, City, London EC1A
One of the oldest pubs in Smithfield, The Old Red Cow has stood on this spot on Long Lane since the year dot. Steeped in history, ... More
The George
London > Nightlife > Pubs
40 Liverpool Street, City, London EC2M
One of five different restaurants and bars within the confines of the Andaz hotel, the George is a traditional looking pub - not your typical hotel ... More
Fox & Anchor
London > Nightlife > Pubs
115 Charterhouse Street, City, London EC1M
This renovated traditional pub in the heart of Clerkenwell has been serving the traders of nearby Smithfields Market for years. Under the Malmaison umbrella - the ... More

City Nightlife

City clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
Reserve Bar Stock Exchange
London > Nightlife > Bars
46 Gresham Street, City, London EC2V
Reserve Bar Stock Exchange in the City uses the stock market model to price its drinks - prices change in line with their popularity on the ... More
Dirty Martini, St Paul's
London > Nightlife > Bars
130 Wood St, City, London EC2V
This chain of glamorous cocktail bars is a great spot for after work drinks and big nights out, with regular happy hours and drink deals. There ... More
All Bar One Cannon Street
London > Nightlife > Bars
103 Cannon Street, City, London EC4N
Bright airy chain bars with a good range of beer, wine and spirits offering reasonable gastropub style food. Comfortable, with plenty of tables, leather sofas, polished ... More

City Leisure

City gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
Postman's Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
King Edward Street, City, London EC4M
Bounded in by surrounding office buildings, Postman's Park's appeal lies in what it symbolises as much as how it looks. Located just north of St Paul's ... More
La Fitness
London > Leisure > Fitness
48 London Wall, City, London EC2M
... More

City Education

in or near City
Pitman Training Centre
London > Education > Professional Training
Warnford Court, 29 Throgmorton Street, City, London EC2N
Secretarial, clerical and IT training... More
Guildhall School Of Music And Drama
London > Education > Arts and Drama
Silk Street, City, London EC2Y
Careers and Student advice ... More

City Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near City.
London > Business > Venue Hire
Gresham Street, City, London EC2P
Conference facilities can accomodate for up to 2000 people.... More
Brewers' Hall
London > Business > Venue Hire
Aldermanbury Square, Moorgate, City, London EC2V
... More
Plaisterers' Hall
London > Business > Venue Hire
One London Wall, City, London EC2Y
... More
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