London area of Square Mile guide

What to do and where to stay in London's Square Mile neighbourhood

While the whole of London cover around 700 square miles, the City of London, the financial district previously occupied by the original old walled city built by the Romans, gets its nickname from the simple fact that it is just over one square mile in area. The Roman city was surrounded by an eighteen foot high wall and a moat and was the beginning of the vast metropolis that we know today as London. The Square Mile is still the world's trading capital with over 500 financial institutions - outdoing both Tokyo and New York. The City has its own police force and annually elected Lord Mayor, who along with the City of London Corporation, administrates everything within the Square Mile and is totally independent of any other national or London authority.

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

Square Mile Hotels

in or near Square Mile
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
 
 
 
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
 
 
 
Andaz Liverpool Street Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
40 Liverpool Street, EC2M
Housed in one of the great Victorian station hotels, this showstopper is a mixture of meticulous nineteenth century restoration and the glittering wit of Terence Conran's ... More
 
 
 

Square Mile Entertainment

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Bishopsgate Institute
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
230 Bishopsgate, Square Mile, London EC2M
Built in 1891-94 by Charles Harrison Townsend, the Bishopsgate Institute's facade has a theme of arts and crafts. Inside you will find 19th century tiling, a ... More
 
 
 
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Barbican Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Silk Street, Square Mile, 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, Square Mile, 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
 
 
 

Square Mile Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near Square Mile
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Tower 42 - formerly NatWest Tower
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, Square Mile, London EC2N
At 601 feet, Tower 42 was the first skyscraper in the City of London when it was officially opened in June 1981 by Her Majesty ... More
 
 
 
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Bank of England Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
Bartholomew Lane, Square Mile, 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, Square Mile, 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
 
 
 

Square Mile Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's Square Mile
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Penhaligon's
London > Shopping > Perfume and Cosmetics
8 Royal Exchange, Square Mile, 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
 
 
 
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Beau Gems
London > Shopping > Jewellery
26 Royal Exchange, Square Mile, London EC3V
A high-class repair service for all varieties of damaged items. Antique jewellery and second-hand designer watches are on offer.... More
 
 
 
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Mont Blanc
London > Shopping > Gifts and Luxuries
10 Royal Exchange, Square Mile, London EC3V
As Mont Blanc's opulent pens are not officially available over the internet, you will have to visit one of their special boutiques in order to acquire ... More
 
 
 

Square Mile Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near Square Mile London?
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Nusa Kitchen
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
2 Adams Court, Square Mile, London EC2N
This is the second Nusa Kitchen to open and, if the popularity of the original soup kitchen on Old Street is anything to go by, it'll ... More
 
 
 
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Brasserie Blanc
London > Restaurants > Brasseries
60 Threadneedle Street, Square Mile, London EC2R
TV chef Raymond Blanc brings his French accent to British dining with Brasserie Blanc, a chain of restaurants with branches in several UK cities including Bristol, Leeds, ... More
 
 
 
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Bonds Restaurant
London > Restaurants > International restaurants
5 Threadneedle Street, Square Mile, London EC2R
Just a few hundred yards from the Bank of England, Bonds has been an intrinsic part of the banker's lunching experience since it opened in 1992. ... More
 
 
 

Square Mile Pubs

The best pubs in or near London Square Mile.
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The George
London > Nightlife > Pubs
40 Liverpool Street, Square Mile, 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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The Old Red Cow
London > Nightlife > Pubs
71 Long Lane, Square Mile, 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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Wheatsheaf
London > Nightlife > Pubs
6 Stoney Street, Square Mile, 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
 
 
 

Square Mile Nightlife

Square Mile clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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Catch Champagne Bar and Lounge
London > Nightlife > Bars
40 Liverpool Street, Square Mile, 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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Proud Cabaret City
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
1 Mark Lane, Square Mile, 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
 
 
 
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Shoreditch House
London > Nightlife > Bars
Ebor Street, Square Mile, London E1
In a former tea warehouse in the part of town where the City meets the East End you'll find another off-shoot from Soho House founder Nick ... More
 
 
 

Square Mile Leisure

Square Mile gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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Postman's Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
King Edward Street, Square Mile, 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
 
 
 
Topnotch
London > Leisure > Fitness
Tower 42, 21B Old Broad Street, Square Mile, London EC2N
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E Rejuvenation Centre
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
Floor 7, Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, Square Mile, London EC2N1HQ
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Square Mile Education

in or near Square Mile
Pitman Training Centre
London > Education > Professional Training
Warnford Court, 29 Throgmorton Street, Square Mile, London EC2N
Secretarial, clerical and IT training... More
 
 
 
Guildhall School Of Music And Drama
London > Education > Arts and Drama
Silk Street, Square Mile, London EC2Y
Careers and Student advice ... More
 
 
 
Museum of London Access & Learning
London > Education > Evening Classes
London Wall, Square Mile, London EC2Y
Courses in history, archaeology and creative writing... More
 
 
 

Square Mile Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near Square Mile.
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Gibson Hall
London > Business > Venue Hire
13 Bishopsgate, Square Mile, London EC2N
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Guildhall
London > Business > Venue Hire
Gresham Street, Square Mile, London EC2P
Conference facilities can accomodate for up to 2000 people.... More
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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