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, Entertainment, Sights and Attractions, Shopping, Restaurants, Pubs, Nightlife, Leisure, Education, and Meeting Venues.

City Hotels

in or near City
Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
335-337 Old Street, EC1V
Prison cells are VIP booths in the bar at the Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch, a 128 room hotel in the Old Magistrates Court and Police Station, opposite ... More
Rosewood London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
252 High Holborn, WC1V
Located in High Holborn, Rosewood London is the most luxurious hotel in the area and is nearby to the capital's main business district and a number ... More
Crowne Plaza Kings Cross
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
1 Kings Cross Road, WC1X
Halfway between the City and the west End, the Bloomsbury area is an oasis of calm in the very heart of the capital. It's a lovely ... More

City Entertainment

in or near City
Heroes Grotto of Comedy
London > Entertainment > Comedy Clubs
27 Throgmorton Street, City, London EC2N
Empty for four years, the building next to Drapers Hall and behind the Bank of England which used to be Throgmortons became Heroes Grotto of Comedy ... More
Guildhall School Of Music And Drama
London > Entertainment > Arts and Drama
Silk Street, City, London EC2Y
Part of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama , this is Grade II-listed building on Silk Street houses the Silk Street ... More
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

City Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near City
Guildhall Yard
London > Attractions > Parks and Gardens
Gresham Street, City, London EC2P
The courtyard between the Guildhall Art Gallery and the church of St Lawrence Jewry, Guildhall Yard is ... More
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
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

City Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's City
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
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
Beau Gems
London > Shopping > Jewellery
26 Royal Exchange, City, London EC3V
A high-class repair service for all varieties of damaged items. Antique jewellery and second-hand designer watches are on offer.... More

City Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near City London?
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
Enoteca Guildhall
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
10-12 Basinghall Street, City, London EC2V
Located down a backstreet between Bank and St Paul's, Enoteca Guildhall is an intimate 38-seat restaurant and wine bar with a stylish décor, open-plan kitchen and ... More
The Telegraph
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
11 Telegraph Street, Moorgate, City, London EC2R
A great choice for hearty cuisine near Moorgate, The Telegraph offers a daily changing menu using fresh and seasonal ingredients. The fare ranges from traditional British ... More

City Pubs

The best pubs in or near London City.
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
The Lamb Tavern
London > Nightlife > Pubs
10-12 Leadenhall Market, Gracechurch Street, City, London EC3V
Located within the beautiful nineteenth century covered Leadenhall Market, the Lamb Tavern is a traditional British pub that's popular with city workers and tourists. The historical ... More
The Duke and Duchess
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
2 - 3 Creed Lane, City, London EC4V
Gastropub... More

City Nightlife

City clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
Reserve Bar Stock Exchange
London > Nightlife > Bars
46 Gresham Street, City, London EC2V
Reserve Bar Stock Exchange in the City uses the stock market model to price its drinks - prices change in line with their popularity on the ... More
Dirty Martini, St Paul's
London > Nightlife > Bars
130 Wood St, City, London EC2V
This chain of glamorous cocktail bars is a great spot for after work drinks and big nights out, with regular happy hours and drink deals. There ... More
All Bar One Cannon Street
London > Nightlife > Bars
103 Cannon Street, City, London EC4N
Bright airy chain bars with a good range of beer, wine and spirits offering reasonable gastropub style food. Comfortable, with plenty of tables, leather sofas, polished ... More

City Leisure

City gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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
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
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

in or near City
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
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

City Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near City.
London > Business > Venue Hire
Gresham Street, City, London EC2P
Conference facilities can accomodate for up to 2000 people.... More
Brewers' Hall
London > Business > Venue Hire
Aldermanbury Square, Moorgate, City, London EC2V
... More
Plaisterers' Hall
London > Business > Venue Hire
One London Wall, City, London EC2Y
... More
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