4 star modern hotel
24 Ludgate Hill, St Pauls, EC4M 7DRShow on map
"Stay at your own club in the City of London for the perfect base from which to do business" In the City of London, Club Quarters St Pauls is a superb place for corporate travellers to stay. Club Quarters are... 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 »
15 West Smithfield, St Pauls, EC1A 9HYShow on map
These serviced apartments, convenient for doing business in the City of London, are close to several stations. Farringdon, Barbican, City Thameslink and St Paul’s stations are all 0.3 miles away.... Read More »
Apartment - 4* contemporary
6 Wardrobe Place, Blackfriars, EC4V 5AFShow on map
Kings Wardrobe Apartments is well located for transport connections. The closest mainline railway stations are Blackfriars and City Thameslink, both 0.2 miles away. You can catch a train straight from Gatwick... Read More »
4 star urban cool hotel
18-21 Charterhouse Square, Farringdon, EC1M 6AHShow on map
This distinctive 4-Star hotel is in the fashionable area of Smithfield just north of the City of London. It is very close to Charterhouse Square – a pleasant historic green space – and also a short... Read More »
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 classic hotel
12 Peters Lane, , Clerkenwell, EC1M 6DSShow on map
Close to the City of London and a short tube ride from the West End, this eclectic hotel is 0.1 miles from Farringdon Station - a mainline railway station served by First Capital Connect trains from Brighton... 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 »
4 star contemporary hotel
19 New Bridge Street, Blackfriars, EC4V 6BDShow on map
Elegant rooms, a business centre and gourmet dining in London’s Square Mile Crowne Plaza London - The City is a contemporary 4-Star hotel aimed at business travellers staying in London's financial... Read More »
7-21 Goswell Road, Barbican, EC1M 7AHShow on map
Citadines Barbican's conveniently located and inexpensive serviced studios and apartments provide easy access to the City of London and its environs. A few minutes' walk from Barbican Underground Station,... Read More »
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Goldsmiths Hall was built to house the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, one of the Livery Companies of the City of London. It is not one of Londons better known attractions but is well worth a visit if you are in the area of St Pauls and are interested in the architectural history of the city.
The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths received their royal charter in 1327, and it is ranked fifth in the ancient livery companies that represented mediaeval tradespeople. The Company was originally responsible for issuing hallmarks – in fact, the word hallmark is derived from the fact that precious metals were inspected and marked in Goldsmiths Hall.
Goldsmiths Hall has been in the same location since 1339, although the current building was not erected until the 1830s. It is on the junction of Foster Lane and Gresham Street, just north-east of St Pauls Cathedral. The Hall was almost destroyed in 1941 when a bomb landed nearby, and the whole building received a refurbishment which was completed in 1990.
To get to Goldsmiths Hall the tube is very convenient, as St Pauls station is just a couple of minutes walk away, as is Bank. For mainline rail services, City Thameslink is the nearest station, just over the other side of St Pauls Cathedral.
Goldsmiths Hall is not usually open to the public, because it is still the working headquarters of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. However, there are a few open days every year, on which visitors can see the collections within. These include a number of impressive rooms, including the Drawing Room, which has a carpet woven with the Companys coat of arms, and two tapestries which have hung since the seventeenth century.
The open days are arranged on a monthly basis during the autumn and winter months. The Hall is closed to the public between March and September, although its individual rooms can be booked for corporate and other functions. The upcoming dates for the open days can be found on the website of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, and consist of a guided tour, which takes place between 12:00 noon and 14:00. The tours are free of charge, but should be booked through the City Information Office (020 76063030).
The Livery Hall is the most magnificent of Goldsmiths Halls many impressive rooms, and it has a ceiling moulded in gold leaf. This combined with the four enormous chandeliers make any occasion in the Livery Hall a glittering one. One of the delights of Goldsmiths Hall is seeing the enormous plate of precious metals they have, and the Livery Hall is one of the finest settings in which to see it.
Although it is only open monthly, the tours are free, and the treasures inside Goldsmiths Hall are unique. If you are at St Pauls, you might wish to go and look at its outside, if you are at all interested in nineteenth century architecture. However, if you are visiting London at the right time, and you are free at the right time, it would be well worth a visit.