Since the Romans founded the area in 50AD, the City of London (originally named ‘Londinium’), is London’s oldest region. Measuring at just 2.6 square kilometres, and taking just 20 minutes to walk the full length, the area is often referred to as The Square Mile. The City of London is England’s financial centre, housing the Royal Bank of England since 1694, and today generating 3% of the nation’s income.
The area is a rich mix of old and new, with beautiful varied architecture with notable examples from the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, and today. The iconic skyline continues to evolve with recent additions being the ‘Walkie Talkie’ building and ‘Cheesegrater’ completed in 2014. Future feats of architecture are planned in for the coming years, including the much contested ‘Pinnacle’ and the ‘Quill’.
Amidst the modern day skyscrapers lie a maze of classical buildings, offering visitors a ticket back in time as they tour the city. Most notably, St Paul’s Cathedral, the second largest church building in the UK, dating back almost 1,400 years. Designed by Britain’s most famous architect Sir Christopher Wren, the building is beautifully embellished both inside and out.
The City is steeped in history with other attractions including the iconic Tower Bridge, The Tower of London and the Old Bailey.
Home of arts, theatre, dance and film, the City of London’s Barbican Centre offers up a varied calendar of performances and events. With everything from Shakespeare to modern art exhibitions, classical fashion displays and contemporary music, there is something to suit every taste.
For a pre-theatre meal there are a wide varied range of exceptional restaurants to choose from, including a number of celebrity chef restaurants such as Gordon Ramsey’s ‘Bread Street Kitchen’ and Jamie Oliver’s ‘Barbecoa’.