4 star classic hotel
7 - 9 Copthall Avenue, Moorgate, EC2R7NJShow on map
In a superb City of London location, Apex London Wall Hotel is central for transport connections. Moorgate is the closest London station (0.2 miles away) and serves the following Underground Lines: Circle,... Read More »
4 star modern hotel
7 Gracechurch Street, Monument, EC3V 0DRShow on map
Club Quarters Gracechurch Hotel is in between the most famous buildings in the City of London. Lloyd’s of London, The Royal Exchange and Merchant Taylors' Hall are 0.2 miles away, The Bank of England and... Read More »
4 star classic hotel
5 Threadneedle Street, Bank, EC2R 8AYShow on map
Threadneedles Hotel is extremely well located in the City of London and also central for transport. The closest station to Threadneedles Hotel is Bank, 0.2 miles away, which serves the Docklands Light Railway... Read More »
5 star urban cool deluxe hotel
40 Liverpool Street, Liverpool Street, EC2M 7QNShow on map
"This exclusive Liverpool Street hotel prides itself on its levels of service" A luxurious 5-Star hotel, Andaz Liverpool Street is the perfect place to stay if you are in London for business or pleasure. The... Read More »
5 star deluxe modern hotel
10 Godliman Street, St Pauls, EC4V 5AJShow on map
Grange St Paul’s is close to many London attractions. St Paul’s Cathedral is a few hundred feet from the door and it is a short walk (0.2 miles) to the north bank of the River Thames. Cross the... Read More »
4 star contemporary hotel
No 1 Seething Lane, Fenchurch St, EC3N 4AXShow on map
Apex City of London Hotel is located in the eastern part of the City of London on Seething Street London EC3. Opened in 2006, this 4-star contemporary hotel has gained immediate popularity both for its high... Read More »
Apartment - 4* contemporary
196 Bishopsgate, Bishopsgate, EC2M 4NRShow on map
"Opposite Liverpool Street Station in the heart of the city" 196 Bishopsgate is ideally located in the heart of the Financial City of London close to numerous shops, restaurants, and cafes at the nearby... Read More »
4 star contemporary hotel
7 Pepys Street, Fenchurch St, EC3N4AFShow on map
"The Skylounge bar features a glass-roofed balcony with panoramic views of the River Thames" The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, the former Mint Hotel, is a stylish contemporary hotel located in one of the... Read More »
3 star classic hotel
Bankside, 34 Park Street, Southwark, SE1 9EFShow on map
Premier Inn London Southwark, Bankside, is a modern budget hotel. It is very close to London Bridge tube and mainline railway stations (0.3 miles away), in Travelcard Zone 1. London Bridge Underground is... Read More »
5 star city chic deluxe hotel
52 Chiswell Street, Barbican, EC1Y 4SDShow on map
Montcalm City Hotel London is 0.3 miles from the Barbican Centre – Europe’s largest arts centre and home to the London Symphony Orchestra as well as housing theatres, art galleries, cinemas,... Read More »
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Bank is located in the City of London and its name is pretty self-explanatory as this is where the Bank of England is situated, in an austere colonnaded building at the heart of London's financial district. The Square Mile is one of the oldest areas of London and has been an important trading centre since Roman times, rivalled only by the Canary Wharf area today. It ranks amongst New York and Tokyo as one of the world's most important financial centres and as you would expect, the area is teeming with be-suited city boys and girls.
Although the Bank area has long been renowned as a centre of trade and commerce, a centre wasn't officially established until 1565, when Sir Thomas Gresham founded The Royal Exchange, one of the area's most impressive buildings, although it is no longer used as a financial centre. Today, instead of business deals and vaults, you will find the wealthy patrons of the area shopping inside it during their lunch breaks, in luxury stores such as Hermes, Boodles and Tiffany.
The Bank of England established in 1694, is still used for trading and was the first and existing model for most banks in the UK. It is one of only eight banks in the UK, which is authorised to issue British bank notes, and the countries monetary policy is monitored and regulated there. The main responsibilities of the bank are to ensure financial and monetary stability throughout the country, and it manage this with varying success, but usually appears to keep things afloat. The vault in the bank of England covers a floorspace 'greater than that of the second tallest building in London', Tower 42 and the keys used to open it are guarded well and are three feet long, so presumably quite hard to steal, which is a good thing as the vault holds over 310 tonnes of gold.
Although Bank itself is perhaps a little too esoteric for tourists who want to experience the excitement of London, it does lie close to other sites such as the Temple Church, known for its circular knave, where the Inns of Court, the Inner Temple and the Middle Temple, are located. Christopher Wren's Monument to the victims of the Great Fire of London is also a few minutes walk away and offers panoramic views of the surrounding area, and Bank's proximity to Southwark means you can visit the Southwark Playhouse for some serious theatre, or explore Shunt Vaults for something altogether more avant garde.
Whilst you may be able to find a decent lunch in Bank, as there are many delis catering for busy workers in the area, you might be hard pressed to find a decent restaurant, or shops beyond the very expensive offerings in the Royal Exchange. Nearby Leadenhall Market and the shops on Fenchurch Street will keep shopaholics happy and restaurants such as Balls Brothers Brasserie and Gryphon at Walrus & Carpenter are just a few minutes walk away from Bank, so you won't go hungry. If you are hoping to network with the city's best and brightest, the best time to catch them might be when they are relaxing after work with a pint in one of the many traditional pubs nearby such as the George Inn, which dates back to the 17th century, and The Anchor Tap near Tower Bridge.
Being jam packed with commuters, Bank has excellent transport connections, and Bank tube station services six lines: the Docklands Light Railway, for services to Canary Wharf; the District and Circle lines, from which you have a direct link to Paddington Station and the Heathrow Express train and Victoria Station for the Gatwick Express; the Northern Line, for a direct link to the Eurostar terminus at King's Cross St Pancras; the Central Line, for services into central London; and the Waterloo & City Line, which goes direct to Waterloo for services to other areas of the UK. Hotels in the area are pricey and focus on business travellers, so if you are visiting for business you will be very well placed, although those visiting on leisure, might be better off staying in one of South Kensington's reasonable hotels and visiting Bank via the District Line.