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The part of London known as The City is its financial hub, and home to its major institutions. It was where London started, almost two millennia ago, and was distinct from the City of Westminster, its sister down the river. Home to St. Pauls, the Tower of London, Spitalfields Market and The Bank Of England, the City of London is the best place to see Londons economic grandeur at work.
The City is the leading centre of global finance, as it was throughout much of the nineteenth century, when the British empire was at the height of its influence. Nowadays, finance and the law provide the backbone of much of what The City does, but there are many sights worth seeing within its bounds.
St Pauls Cathedral is a must see. When the city came under heavy bombing during the Blitz, , including the firestorm of December 1940 St Pauls stayed standing, something that locals said was key to the morale of Londoners. Although much of the historic fabric of The City Of London was destroyed during the bombings, you can still see the old London wall at Tower Bridge and up near the Barbican. You can lay your hands on stones that were put there well over a thousand years ago.
The Natwest Tower, opened in the 1970s, was the first skyscraper in the UK. Now you can see 30 St Mary Axe (the Gherkin), roadgate Tower and the Heron Tower. Another, Bishopsgate Tower, is under construction.
The City Of London Corporation administers the area, and at its head is the Lord Mayor of London, whose official residence is at Mansion House. Eminent citizens can still be awarded the Freedom of the City of London, which will be issued from the Guildhall. All of these buildings are worth seeing.
The markets are a key attraction of the City of London. They include Smithfields, Spitalfields, Leadenhall and Billingsgate Fish Market. At these markets you can combine your taste for history with the urge to spend some money. Leadenhall is particularly beautiful, and at all of them you can drink in the knowledge that people have been buying and selling here for hundreds of years.
The City of London has no parks, its largest open, public green space is Finsbury Circus, which it is possible to walk through in less than five minutes. Rather than open spaces, however, the City provides many sights of historical importance all densely packed together. Rather than being designed for tourists, however, it is a working city, one of the oldest in the world.
The area is served by many tube and mainline stations including Tower Gateway, St Pauls, Barbican, and City Thameslink.
The Tower of London marks the eastern edge of the City, and is one of Londons most-loved tourist attractions. As well as holding the Crown Jewels, you can also see where royal prisoners were held, and take the same walks as many a traitor. From the Tower you can also walk along the river, rather than being floated out through Traitors Gate on your way to being executed, as so many before you have.
Hotels in the City of London
- Broadgate: Located in Hackney, in between Liverpool Street and Bishopsgate
- Bishopsgate: covers the area from Worship Street (north) to London Wall (south)
- Clerkenwell: Islington, close to the Barbican Centre, King's Cross, Holborn and Bloomsbury
- Fenchurch Street: runs from Gracechurch Street, close to the Monument, through to Aldgate
- Tower Hill
- Liverpool Street
- Old Street
- St Pauls