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 »
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 »
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
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 »
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 »
4 star classic hotel
1-2 Serjeants Inn, Fleet Street, Temple, EC4Y 1LLShow on map
"Luxury 4-Star hotel in the City of London with sumptuous accommodation and a courtyard" Apex Temple Court Hotel is a luxury 4-Star hotel just off London’s Fleet Street, in the City of London. It is... 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
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 »
Apartment - 4* contemporary
30 Greville Street, Farringdon, EC1N 8AFShow on map
These serviced apartments are in a new 5-Star, environmentally friendly development in a part of London that is well known for design studios, creative industries and jewellers. Hatton Garden, famous for the... Read More »
5 star city chic deluxe hotel
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Many architects have made their mark on the London skyline; in recent years alone, the Gherkin (the Norman Foster building), the Head Lamp (City Hall) and The Shard have turned the view from the South Bank into an eclectic clash of old and modern. However, none have made quite such an impression on the skyline, and the whole city, than Christopher Wren, who built an astounding 51 churches after the Great Fire of London devastated the city, including his greatest legacy, St Paul's Cathedral, and whose influence can be felt throughout the city.
St Paul's stunning domed roof has been inspiring visitors for over 300 years and the building was the tallest in London until as late as 1962. It is also the second largest church building in the UK. Over the years it has hosted many important events in British history: Jubilee celebrations for Queen Victoria, the funerals of Lord Nelson, Sir Winston Churchill and the Duke of Wellington. The Cathedral was also the venue for the very well attended wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer. It remains a working church today and is the seat of the Bishop of London.
A church existed on the site before Wren began his design, but this was demolished to make way for the new cathedral. Wren drew up at least four different designs and created a model of the proposed cathedral, which cost the equivalent of £32,000 in today's money. His designs were criticised for their radicalism at each stage and eventually Wren threw in the towel and stated that he would draw up no further models or designs because he found that this caused him to "lose time, and subject his business many times, to incompetent judges".
Finally, in 1697, 32 years after its conception, coming in at a cost of £147 million in today's money, the final stone was laid and Wren's masterpiece was met with equal parts awe, criticism and indifference; although it is safe to say that nowadays it is mostly awe which it inspires, especially when the dome is lit at night, which is when it looks especially beautiful and austere from across the Thames.
Visiting St Pauls, you can see the Whispering Gallery, where the architecture permits two people to hear each other at opposite corners by whispering, the Cathedral's huge crypt, which holds memorials to many luminaries, such as John Donne, Lord Kitchener and Florence Nightingale. There are also some stunning Victorian mosaics near the entrance, and of course, the Dome itself is one of the main attractions. Although Wren had already made his mark on history, St Paul's secures his place as a man who changed the face of London. He himself is fittingly interred in the crypt and the epitaph on his tomb reads 'Reader, if you seek his monument, look around you', the kind of legend you can't imagine Norman Foster stating about The Gherkin.
If you want to get a good view of the dome, you can visit Madison's Restaurant and Bar nearby, which offers fantastic panoramic views. The surrounding area is largely dominated by the Cathedral and is always thronging with groups of tourists, but there is a mix of traditional and modern bars, clubs and restaurants dotted around the surrounding streets. From St Paul's you are also close to Temple Church, Tower Bridge, The Tower of London and the City of London, so it is a fantastic place for tourists to stay, however hotels in the area can be pricy. A cheaper alternative might be found further East near Aldgate or Bethnal Green. St Paul's also has its own tube station on the Central Line, where you can easily connect to the Piccadilly Line for a connection to Heathrow, or explore further into central London.