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10 Godliman Street, London, EC4V 5AJ

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  • Review score: 8.9 / 10

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St Mary Le Bow Church

5 star deluxe modern hotel

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Grange St.Pauls Hotel

10 Godliman Street, St Pauls, EC4V 5AJ

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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 »

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Review score: 8.9

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  • Area: St Pauls
  • Near: St Pauls Tube Station
  • Station: St. Pauls (0.3km)
  • Style: 5 star deluxe modern hotel
  • Rooms: 433
  • Guest score: 8.9 / 10
  • Distance away: 0.4km

Total price £124.74

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  • Group: Grange Hotels

4 star classic hotel

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Apex London Wall Hotel

7 - 9 Copthall Avenue, Moorgate, EC2R7NJ

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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 »

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Review score: 8.5

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  • Area: Moorgate
  • Near: Coleman Street
  • Station: Moorgate (0.3km)
  • Style: 4 star classic hotel
  • Rooms: 89
  • Guest score: 8.5 / 10
  • Distance away: 0.5km

Total price £116.10

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Club Quarters St Pauls
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Club Quarters St Pauls

24 Ludgate Hill, St Pauls, EC4M 7DR

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"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 »

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Review score: 8.0

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  • Area: St Pauls
  • Near: London Stock Exchange
  • Station: St. Pauls (0.3km)
  • Style: 4 star modern hotel
  • Rooms: 265
  • Guest score: 8.0 / 10
  • Distance away: 0.5km

Total price £105.60

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Kings Wardrobe Apartments
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Kings Wardrobe Apartments

6 Wardrobe Place, Blackfriars, EC4V 5AF

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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 »

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Review score: 4.4

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  • Area: Blackfriars
  • Near: London Stock Exchange
  • Station: Blackfriars (0.2km)
  • Style: Apartment - 4* contemporary
  • Rooms: 69
  • Guest score: 4.4 / 10
  • Distance away: 0.5km

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  • Group: Bridgestreet

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Club Quarters Gracechurch Hotel
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Club Quarters Gracechurch Hotel

7 Gracechurch Street, Monument, EC3V 0DR

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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 »

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Review score: 8.0

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  • Area: Monument
  • Near: Gracechurch Street
  • Station: Monument (0.3km)
  • Style: 4 star modern hotel
  • Rooms: 203
  • Guest score: 8.0 / 10
  • Distance away: 0.7km

Total price £93.60

4 star classic hotel

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Threadneedles Hotel

5 Threadneedle Street, Bank, EC2R 8AY

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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 »

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Review score: 7.4

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  • Area: Bank
  • Near: Threadneedle Street
  • Station: Bank (0.3km)
  • Style: 4 star classic hotel
  • Rooms: 69
  • Guest score: 7.4 / 10
  • Distance away: 0.7km

Total price £143.00

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Market View by Bridgestreet Apartments

15 West Smithfield, St Pauls, EC1A 9HY

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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 »

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Review score: 8.2

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  • Area: St Pauls
  • Near: Fabric
  • Station: Farringdon (0.3km)
  • Style: Serviced Apartment
  • Rooms: 63
  • Guest score: 8.2 / 10
  • Distance away: 0.7km

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  • Group: Bridgestreet

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Crowne Plaza London City
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Crowne Plaza London City

19 New Bridge Street, Blackfriars, EC4V 6BD

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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 »

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Review score: 9.0

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  • Area: Blackfriars
  • Near: Tate Modern
  • Station: Blackfriars (0.0km)
  • Style: 4 star contemporary hotel
  • Rooms: 203
  • Guest score: 9.0 / 10
  • Distance away: 0.8km

Total price £135.00

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  • Group: Crowne Plaza

5 star city chic deluxe hotel

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Montcalm London City Hotel

52 Chiswell Street, Barbican, EC1Y 4SD

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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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Review score: 8.7

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  • Area: Barbican
  • Near: Ropemaker Street
  • Station: Moorgate (0.2km)
  • Style: 5 star city chic deluxe hotel
  • Rooms: 235
  • Guest score: 8.7 / 10
  • Distance away: 0.8km

Total price £118.80

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  • Group: Montcalm

4 star urban cool hotel

Malmaison London
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Malmaison London

18-21 Charterhouse Square, Farringdon, EC1M 6AH

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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 »

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Review score: 7.4

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  • Area: Farringdon
  • Near: Barbican Tube Station
  • Station: Barbican (0.1km)
  • Style: 4 star urban cool hotel
  • Rooms: 97
  • Guest score: 7.4 / 10
  • Distance away: 0.8km

Total price £75.00

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St Mary Le Bow Church

St Mary Le Bow church looms large in London legend and lore. Located in the Cheapside area of the East End, it is said that you can only be a true Cockney if you are born within earshot of the Great Bells of Bow. Before London became clogged with traffic, it was possible to hear the bells as far as Hackney marshes, but nowadays, although the legend is still used as a way of determining your right to use Cockney rhyming slang, it's largely just a quirky remnant of London's past.

 

St Mary Le Bow dates back to Saxon times, when archaeological remains have shown that a church stood on the site; however, the first incarnation of St Mary Le Bow was destroyed in the London Tornado of 1091. The replacement church, St Mary de Arcubus was built in the 13th century, but was subsequently destroyed in the Great Fire of London. After such a streak of bad luck, you would assume that God wasn't thrilled about having a church in Cheapside, but prolific architect Sir Christopher Wren rebuilt the church in its current form, during his tireless replenishment of London's churches in the 17th century. 

 

Although bombing in the Second World War once again destroyed the building, Wren's church has been faithfully restored, including the carvings and masonry by legendary craftsman Thomas Cartwright and it is one of the most elegant buildings in the area, which has been heavily modernised by gentrification. The Bells of Bow were also replaced to ensure that Cockneys would survive for generations to come and poet Sir John Donne was so inspired by them he wrote the poem 'For Whom the Bell Tolls (No Man is an Island)', with them in mind, and bequeathed a fair sum of money towards their upkeep before his death. The Bells were also instrumental in inspiring Dick Whittington to turn away from Highgate and return to London to become Lord Mayor, in the popular London tale and in the 15th Century, they were used to signal a nighttime curfew in the City of London.

 

The church is well worth a visit during your stay in London, to hear the peal of the bells, explore the crypt and admire the unusual, bright, blue interior and stained glass windows. You can also attend mass here if you wish as the church is still consecrated and runs services throughout the week. The surrounding area may not be the most attractive part of London, but no-one can deny that the East End has a charm all of its own, where you can keep an eye out for Pearly Kings and Queens, tuck in to some jellied eels if you're feeling brave and pick up some souvenirs from the local markets. The East End is definitely up and coming, so staying here, you will see plenty of quirky restaurants, cafes and bars, making this an intriguing place to stay during your visit. Days Hotel Shoreditch is in the trendy Bethnal Green area, just a few tube stops away from Cheapside, offering low-cost but comfortable rooms. The Crowne Plaza Shoreditch offers a touch more luxury during your stay, with tasteful, modern rooms. The Britannia International Hotel is in Canary Wharf, just a few tube stops from Cheapside, where you can enjoy 4-star stylish rooms, Jacuzzi baths and stunning views of London.

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