London area of City guide

What to do and where to stay in London's City neighbourhood

The Square Mile is the space that was contained within the mediaeval walls of London, a history remembered each November in the pomp of the Lord Mayor's Show. Now it is the nation's financial centre and embodies the capital's mix of tradition and change. A place of mighty skyscrapers, this tiny area (only twenty minutes walk from one side to the other) generates 3% of the UK's income. The City by night is among the most stunning sights in London, a ghost town of towering skyscrapers and stunning ancient buildings, including St. Paul's Cathedral, the spiritual heart of Great Britain, and the Bank of England, which has regulated the finances of Britain from the same spot since 1694. Around the edges of the city are a few business hotels and stupendously expensive restaurants and bars, where the super-rich can blow their bonuses.

See our recommended nearby City Hotels, Events, Entertainment, Sights and Attractions, Shopping, Restaurants, Pubs, Nightlife, Leisure, Education, and Meeting Venues.

City Hotels

in or near City
Apex London Wall Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
7-9 Copthall Avenue, EC2R
In the heart of the financial district and close to the Bank of England, the newly opened Apex London Wall Hotel, is within walking distance of ... More
 
 
 
Threadneedles, Marriott Autograph Collection
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
5 Threadneedles Street, EC2R
Housed in an esteemed former banking hall in the City, this magnificent boutique hotel provides a luxurious sanctuary. The spacious rooms are decorated in a chic ... More
 
 
 
Club Quarters Gracechurch
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
7 Gracechurch Street, EC3V
The location of Club Quarters Gracechurch in the heart of the City has made it a favourite with business travellers. A cheerily macho atmosphere permeates from ... More
 
 
 

City Events

in or near City
Jamie's Concert With Noriko Ogawa
London > Events > Concerts
Guildhall School Of Music And Drama, Silk Street, City, London EC2Y
Japanese pianist Noriko Ogawa performs works by Chopin, Debussy, Ravel, and Rachmaninov.... More
 
 
 
Faculty Artist Series: Piano Extravaganza
London > Events > Concerts
Guildhall School Of Music And Drama, Silk Street, City, London EC2Y
Performances of Mozart's Sonata In D Major, Bartok's Sonata For Two Pianos And Percussion, Ravel's La Valse, Brahms's Variations On A Theme Of Haydn, Op 56b ... More
 
 
 
Piano Extravaganza
London > Events > Concerts
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, City, London EC2Y
The musicians perform Mozart's Sonata In D Major, Bartok's Sonata For Two Pianos And Percussion, Ravel's La Valse, Brahms's Variations On A Theme Of Haydn and ... More
 
 
 

City Entertainment

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Barbican Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Silk Street, City, London EC2Y
The Barbican Centre's two theatre spaces - the Barbican Theatre and The Pit - offer everything from gritty reality to far-flung fantasy, from dance to ... More
 
 
 
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Barbican Centre
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
Silk Street, City, London EC2Y
Described by the Queen as 'one of the wonders of the modern world' , the Barbican Centre has also been voted 'London's ugliest building'. Ugly or ... More
 
 
 
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Barbican The Pit
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Silk Street, City, London EC2Y
In the two theatre spaces - the Barbican Theatre and the Pit - you can enjoy everything from gritty reality to far-flung fantasy, from dance ... More
 
 
 

City Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near City
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Bank of England Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
Bartholomew Lane, City, London EC2R
Sorry, no free samples here but you can get your hands on a real gold bar. Housed within the Bank of England, the Bank of England ... More
 
 
 
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Mansion House
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
City of London, City, London EC4N
Mansion House, the Palace of the London Mayor, was originally for the Lord Mayor to represent the City in appropriate style, Sir Crispin Gascoigne was the ... More
 
 
 
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Museum of London
London > Attractions > Museums
150 London Wall, City, London EC2Y
Experience the real flavour of London life from the prehistoric to present day when you visit the Museum of London, a modern ... More
 
 
 

City Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's City
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Ted Baker & Friends
London > Shopping > Clothing
120 Cheapside, City, London EC2V
We love the average Ted Baker store but with Ted Baker & Friends the cool fashion label has taken the shopping experience one step further - ... More
 
 
 
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Flittner
London > Shopping > Hair and Grooming
86 Moorgate, City, London EC2M
An old-fashioned barber’s patronised by city gentlemen and established in 1904. As well as a shampoo and cut you can also have the traditional hot towel ... More
 
 
 
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Penhaligon's
London > Shopping > Perfume and Cosmetics
8 Royal Exchange, City, London EC3V
130-year-old scent emporium with royal warrants. For a sweet-smelling, sensory overload, Penhaligon’s has to be the place to go. From the original Hammam Bouquet to the Winston ... More
 
 
 

City Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near City London?
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Hawksmoor Guildhall
London > Restaurants > American restaurants
10 Basinghall Street, City, London EC2V
Frequently cited as 'the best steakhouse' in London, Hawksmoor has built up a reputation for serving up top quality British steaks, cooked simply over charcoal. Will ... More
 
 
 
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Tokyo City
London > Restaurants > Japanese restaurants
46 Gresham Street, City, London EC2V
Japanese cuisine. Booking advised for lunch. Separate room for parties. ... More
 
 
 
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Browns Restaurant & Bar
London > Restaurants > Brasseries
8 Old Jewry, City, London EC2R
Brasserie ... More
 
 
 

City Pubs

The best pubs in or near London City.
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The Old Red Cow
London > Nightlife > Pubs
71 Long Lane, City, London EC1A
One of the oldest pubs in Smithfield, The Old Red Cow has stood on this spot on Long Lane since the year dot. Steeped in history, ... More
 
 
 
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The George
London > Nightlife > Pubs
40 Liverpool Street, City, London EC2M
One of five different restaurants and bars within the confines of the Andaz hotel, the George is a traditional looking pub - not your typical hotel ... More
 
 
 
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Fox & Anchor
London > Nightlife > Pubs
115 Charterhouse Street, City, London EC1M
This renovated traditional pub in the heart of Clerkenwell has been serving the traders of nearby Smithfields Market for years. Under the Malmaison umbrella - the ... More
 
 
 

City Nightlife

City clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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Samuel Pepys
London > Nightlife > Stew Lane, High Timber Street, City, London EC4V
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Catch Champagne Bar and Lounge
London > Nightlife > Bars
40 Liverpool Street, City, London EC2M
Great for a late night drink if you're staying at Andaz Liverpool Street Hotel, and a glamorous destination bar if you're not, Catch Champagne Bar and ... More
 
 
 
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Artillery Arms
London > Nightlife > Bars
102 Bunhill Row, City, London EC1Y
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City Leisure

City gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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Postman's Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
King Edward Street, City, London EC4M
Bounded in by surrounding office buildings, Postman's Park's appeal lies in what it symbolises as much as how it looks. Located just north of St Paul's ... More
 
 
 
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Urban Golf
London > Leisure > Golf
12 Smithfield Street, City, London EC1A
OK, so you may not be able to soak up the rays on this indoor course but it’s a brilliant idea that has been stylishly executed. ... More
 
 
 
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Chang's Hapkido Academy
London > Leisure > Martial Arts
Topnotch Health Club, 3 Tudor Street, City, London EC4Y
Grandmaster Gedo Chang's Hapkido martial arts schools emphasises practical self-defence, confidence, balance and fitness. The ancient Korean martial art of Hapkido is made up of three components: ... More
 
 
 

City Education

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City Journalism
London > Education > Professional Training
106 Bunhill Row, City, London EC1Y
City’s Print Journalism course is recognised as the best in London. Although places like Goldsmith’s are trendier, City is respected in the industry thanks to a ... More
 
 
 
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LSO St Luke's
London > Education > Professional Training
161 Old Street, City, London EC1V
This gorgeous 18th century Grade I listed Hawksmoor church is one of a number of London churches which has, in recent years, been converted into a ... More
 
 
 
Pitman Training Centre
London > Education > Professional Training
Warnford Court, 29 Throgmorton Street, City, London EC2N
Secretarial, clerical and IT training... More
 
 
 

City Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near City.
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Guildhall
London > Business > Venue Hire
Gresham Street, City, London EC2P
Conference facilities can accomodate for up to 2000 people.... More
 
 
 
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Brewers' Hall
London > Business > Venue Hire
Aldermanbury Square, Moorgate, City, London EC2V
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Barbican Conference Centre
London > Business > Venue Hire
Silk Street, City, London EC2Y
The Barbican Centre is the jewel in London's artistic crown, with its theatres, concert halls, art galleries and cinema providing a year-round programme of ... More
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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