London area of EC3 guide

What to do and where to stay in London's EC3 neighbourhood

The eastern side of the City of London sitting by the Thames is simply steeped in history. The plush hotels may be the ideal choice for business travellers but just wandering around the centuries-old landmarks will dust off the scene of a bygone London. Aldgate was literally the gate through the London Wall out to the east but, of course, there was another way into this side of the City - but one you were unlikely to come out of - as Edward I's water gate into the Tower of London was increasingly used as an entrance for prisoners accused of treason, later known as Traitors' Gate. Over on the western side of the district Leadenhall Market is a glorious example of Victorian architecture but also an historic marketplace since Roman times, and still trading today. Architect Sir Horace Jones was also responsible for nearby Old Billingsgate Market - now an events venue - which overlooks the Thames. For more overlooking opportunities climb the 311 steps of London's Doric column The Monument, built in the 1670s to commemorate the Great Fire of London; and bringing the City's architecture bang up-to-date is 30 St Mary Axe, best known as The Gherkin, one of London's most iconic, super-sleek structures.

See our recommended nearby EC3 Hotels, Entertainment, Sights and Attractions, Shopping, Restaurants, Pubs, Nightlife, Leisure, Education, and Meeting Venues.

EC3 Hotels

in or near EC3
DoubleTree by Hilton Tower of London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
7 Pepys Street, EC3N
The brand new purpose built DoubleTree Hotel Tower of London is a few minutes walk from Tower Hill and Fenchurch Street stations. With iMac entertainment systems ... More
Grange City Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
8-14 Cooper's Row, EC3N
The Grange City Hotel is a 5 star hotel that's luxury is matched by the superb panoramic views over the city of London. A stone's throw ... 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

EC3 Entertainment

in or near EC3
Heroes Grotto of Comedy
London > Entertainment > Comedy Clubs
27 Throgmorton Street, EC3, 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
St Olave's Church
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
8 Hart Street, EC3, London EC3R
Church dating from 1056 and the burial place of Samuel Pepys. This is the parish church of Trinity House with many interesting historical features. It has ... More
The Lamb Tavern
London > Entertainment > 10-12 Leadenhall Market, Gracechurch Street, EC3, London EC3V
Located within Leadenhall market, the Lamb Tavern is a traditional British pub that's popular with city workers and tourists. The historical listed building is set over ... More

EC3 Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near EC3
The London Underwriting Centre
London > Attractions > Sights
3 Minster Court, Mincing Lane, EC3, London EC3R
Opened in October 1993, The London Underwriting Centre (LUC) at 3 Minster Court is a purpose-built building where the world's leading insurance and reinsurance companies can ... More
All Hallows by the Tower
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Byward Street, EC3, London EC3R
All Hallows, the oldest church in the City of London, is 1300 years old with a crypt museum, Roman pavement and Saxon and Roman artefacts. There ... More
Walkie Talkie / 20 Fenchurch Street
London > Attractions > Sights
20 Fenchurch Street, EC3, London EC3M
Designed by world-renowned architect Rafael Vinoly, 20 Fenchurch Street, nicknamed the 'Walkie Talkie' made headlines before it even opened when it 'melted' cars parked ... More

EC3 Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's EC3
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
150 Fenchurch Street, EC3, London EC3M
Belgium's finest export, the first Godiva was opened in Brussels approximately 75 years ago by master chocolatier Joseph Draps and named after the legendary Lady Godiva. ... More
Leadenhall Market
London > Shopping > Markets
Whittington Avenue, off Gracechurch Street, EC3, London EC3V
Leadenhall Market is a restored Victorian covered market that sells traditional game, poultry, fish and meat. Although there has been a forum (market place) on where ... More
Cheese at Leadenhall
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
4-5 Leadenhall Market, EC3, London EC3V
Dedicated fromageries are rare in London, but with around 100 different British and continental cheeses on offer, they don't come much more dedicated than Cheese at ... More

EC3 Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near EC3 London?
Camino Monumento
London > Restaurants > Spanish restaurants
15 Mincing Lane, EC3, London EC3R
Set up by dedicated Hispanophile Richard Bigg, Camino first started in 2007 and has since expanded into a mini chain of Spanish restaurants across London, each ... More
Eat Cafe
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
48 Mark Lane, EC3, London EC3R
Food to go in its simplest form. Freshly baked bread for hand made made sandwiches, sold alongside hot pies, home made soups and simple salads. Since ... More
London > Restaurants > Turkish restaurants
6 Mincing Lane, EC3, London EC3M
... More

EC3 Pubs

The best pubs in or near London EC3.
The George
London > Nightlife > Pubs
40 Liverpool Street, EC3, 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
The Anchor Tap
London > Nightlife > Pubs
23 Horsleydown Road, Bermondsey, EC3, London SE1
Situated on the south side of the Thames in the Tower Bridge Conservation Area, this historic Southwark pub offers a truly traditional English experience. From the ... More
London > Nightlife > Pubs
6 Stoney Street, EC3, London SE1
Following a three-year closure due to the Thameslink building works, the Wheatsheaf pub next to Borough Market reopened in December 2012. Drinkers who mourned the loss ... More

EC3 Nightlife

EC3 clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
Proud Cabaret City
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
1 Mark Lane, EC3, London EC3R
Just as you used to be in a 1920s speakeasy, at Proud Cabaret you're entertained while you dine. A lively mix of cabaret, jazz and burlesque ... More
Dirty Martini, Monument
London > Nightlife > Bars
1 Lovat Lane, EC3, London EC3R
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
Fenchurch Colony Wine Bar
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
14 New London Street, EC3, London EC3R
Wine Bar ... More

EC3 Leisure

EC3 gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
Pulse Light Clinic
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
141-142 Fenchurch Street, EC3, London EC3M
Iron out those wrinkles or obliterate those pesky freckles - this clinic specialises in the latest in photorejuventation therapy. ... More
Wren Clinic
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
All Hallows House, Idol Lane, EC3, London EC3R
Health Clinic... More
Fitness Exchange
London > Leisure > Fitness
106 Fenchurch Street, EC3, London EC3M
A relatively new player in the health and fitness market, the Exchanges offer well equipped gyms, as well as classes, beauty therapy and swimming. New members ... More

EC3 Education

in or near EC3
London Metropolitan University
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
31 Jewry Street, EC3, London EC3N
Student support ... More
Pitman Training Centre
London > Education > Professional Training
Warnford Court, 29 Throgmorton Street, EC3, London EC2N
Secretarial, clerical and IT training... More

EC3 Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near EC3.
Old Billingsgate
London > Business > Venue Hire
Old Billingsgate Market, 1 Old Billingsgate Walk, EC3, London EC3R
A magnificent 19th-century market building designed by Sir Horace Jones and entirely renovated in 1988 by acclaimed architect Richard Rogers. At the foot of the City, ... More
Tower of London
London > Business > Venue Hire
Waterloo Block, EC3, London EC3N
With close to 1,000 years of royal history lurking within its highly fortified walls, a trip to the Tower of London is like traveling back to ... More
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