The City is London’s first financial district and remains until this day a driving force in the economy. It is considered the historic core of London as it was built on the site of the original Roman settlement. It is also referred to as the Square Mile, as its area is just over one square mile. It is mainly a business district as few residents have lived there since the 19th century. It is packed with some of Central London top attractions including the Tower of London and Tower Bridge on the river Thames as well as some sought after cultural and artistic sights including the Museum of London, the Bank of England Museum , the Barbican Centre and the Guildhall Art Gallery. The City of London is also home to numerous churches with the most famous being the St Paul’s Cathedral.
- The City of London map
- The City of London top attractions
- The City of London best hotels
- The City of London images
- The City of London video
The City of London Map
View the top attractions and hotels on Your Best London The City of London interactive map with images and videos.
The City of London top sights Map
The City of London top attractions
Some of the City of London most sought after attractions include:
- Tower of London
- Tower Bridge
- St Paul’s Cathedral
- Museum of London
- Bank of England Museum
- Barbican Centre
- Guildhall Art Gallery
- Leaden hall Market
- St-Katharine’s Dock
Tower of London
The Tower of London, historically only known as The Tower, is her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress. It is located next to the river Thames and Tower Bridge in the Borough of Tower Hamlets. For most of its 900 years history the castle was an object of fear as many prisoners where held there, coming by boat to the Traitors gate entrance. It is the oldest building used by the British government.
Tower Bridge is perhaps one of the most iconic symbols of London. It was completed in 1894 and it is a combined bascule and suspension bridge over the River Thames. It is located next to the famous Tower of London, which gives it its name. Inside the towers you may visit the Tower Bridge exhibition about the history of the bridge.
St Paul’s Cathedral
The St Paul’s Cathedral is another key sight situated in the heart of the City of London. This Anglican cathedral sitting on Ludgate Hill, represents the highest point in the City. It was completed in 1708 by Sir Christopher Wren, author of many other churches in the City, and is today the seat of the Bishop of London.
The Monument is a 202 ft (61.57 metre) tall stone Roman Doric column in the City of London which was built to commemorate the Great Fire of London. It is said that the column length represent the distance from where the Fire of London started in 1666. Constructed between 1671 and 1677, it is the tallest isolated stone column in the world. It is worth climbing to the top as it offers spectacular views over the city.
Museum of London
The Museum of London is located within the City’s Barbican complex in one of London’s oldest parts, next to the remains of the Roman city wall. The Museum explores the history of London from the Prehistoric times way up to the currents days with a main focus on life of its inhabitants and the social history of London.
Bank of England Museum
The Bank of England Museum shows the history of this finance institution as well as explains how today’s bank uses modern technology in its current activities to reach as wider audience. The museum offers a wide collection of objects including banknotes, coins, various documents and even a real gold bar, as well as houses a reconstruction of a late 18th century office. It is located on Bartholomew Lane in the heart of the City of London and is open daily on weekdays free of charge.
The Barbican Centre is a notable art complex offering a variety of art exhibitions, theatre performances, music concerts film screenings as well as a conservatory, various cafes, restaurants and even a library. It is considered the largest performing arts centre in Europe and it is home for both the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra. It opened its doors in 1982 and is funded by the City of London.
Guildhall Art Gallery
The Guildhall Art Gallery is home to the impressive art collection of the City of London, which consists of some 4,000 works, but with only 250 displayed at any one time. Most of the art displayed have a London theme including the significant collection of Victorian era art. The gallery is located within a historic location , on the site of the Roman amphitheatre, with some remains are still visible in the basement.
The Leadenhall Market is located on Gracechurch Street in the heart of the City of London. Its history takes us back to the fourteenth century, on the place where was the centre of Roman London back 2000 years ago. Today the market offers all sorts of quality fresh products including cheese, meats and flowers. It is open weekday from seven until late.
The St Katharine Docks are located in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, hidden to the East of the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. What used to be very popular commercial docks in the 19th century, reopened in 1968 as a popular housing and leisure complex which include a hotel and a yacht marina.
The City of London best hotels
The City of London offers some excellent value for money accommodations including some luxury 5 Stars hotels such as the Threadneedles, the Andaz, or the well known Grange Hotels chain. The following are some of the best hotels in the city as voted by the user.
- Grange Tower Bridge, 5 stars hotel
- Andaz Liverpool Street, 5 stars hotel
- Threadneedles, 5 stars hotel
- Grange St. Paul’s Hotel, 5 stars hotel
- Hotel Indigo London Tower Hill, 4 stars hotel
- Novotel London Tower Bridge, 3 stars hotel
To view the full list of available accommodations on specific dates in The City of London you may visit our partner site Agoda City of London.
Grange Tower Bridge Hotel
5 stars / 45 Prescot Street, The City, London, United Kingdom E1 8GP
All 370 rooms at this 5-star hotel are tailored to satisfy guests’ needs. Daily newspaper, air conditioning, bathrobes, television LCD/plasma screen are among the amenities guests will find in every room. Other features at the hotel include room service, 24hr room service, laundry service/dry cleaning. For the enjoyment of guests interested in sports or leisure, there are massage, spa, sauna on the grounds. Comfort and convenience are the hallmarks of Grange Tower Bridge Hotel.
Book a room at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel now, best price guarantee.
Andaz Liverpool Street London Hotel
5 stars / 40 Liverpool Street, The City, London, United Kingdom
Occupying a Victorian building which dates back to 1884, Hyatt’s Andaz Liverpool Street Hotel is located in the heart of London, just around the corner from a treasure-trove of tourist attractions such as the Tower Bridge, Tower of London, Saint Paul’s Cathedral and Spitalfield Markets. This marvellous accommodation features 267 newly refurbished guest rooms, each containing essential mod cons such as wireless Internet access, local landline and non-alcoholic mini-bar. All in all, Andaz Liverpool Street London Hotel is an ideal place of stay.
Book a room at the Andaz Liverpool Street London Hotel now, best price guarantee.
5 stars / 5 Threadneedle Street, London EC2R 8AY
The Threadneedles is a charming and sophisticated 5-star Boutique Hotel accommodation in a great location in central London. Formerly known as the Victorian banking hall the hotel is a perfect mix of past and present with an impressive nineteenth century stained glass dome. The Threadneedles Boutique Hotel is one of the greatest places to stay to start enjoying everything London has to offer.
Book a room at the Threadneedles now, best price guarantee.
Grange St. Paul’s Hotel
5 stars / 10 Godliman Street, London
Perfectly located in the heart of London’s financial district yet just moments away from the myriad delights of the renowned West End, the Grange St. Paul’s Hotel provides a perfect venue for any visit to the capital. This 6 story 5-star hotel boasts 433 well-designed guestrooms, and to make your stay comfortable, all rooms feature a non-smoking policy, air-conditioning, bathrobes, daily newspaper, and desk. Other features at the hotel include 24 hour room service, elevator, bar/pub, laundry service/dry cleaning, meeting facilities, and a restaurant. Everything the hotel does is centred on the guests’ experience, ensuring the ultimate in comfort and relaxation.
Book a room at the Grange St. Paul’s Hotel now, best price guarantee.
Grange City Hotel
5 stars / 8-14 Coopers Row, London EC3N 2BQ
Set in the heart of London, this spectacular 5-star hotel commands an excellent location and provides access to the best the city has to offer. Sit back and relax in one of the hotel’s 307 guestrooms, all designed with the guests’ comfort in mind. To make each guest’s stay comfortable, all rooms feature non-smoking rooms, air-conditioning, bathrobes, daily newspaper, desk, and panoramic views over the city. Guests will enjoy the hotel’s excellent facilities and services including 24 hour room service, elevator, coffee shop, bar/pub, laundry service/dry cleaning, and a business centre. A spa, indoor pool, Jacuzzi, gym, and sauna are on-site for your enjoyment. With its commitment to service and focus on hospitality, you’ll enjoy your stay at Grange City Hotel.
Book a room at the Grange City Hotel now, best price guarantee.
Hotel Indigo London Tower Hill
4 Stars / 142 Minories, The City, London, United Kingdom
Offering contemporary style and comfort in London’s Financial District, in the heart of the Square Mile, this upscale boutique hotel boasts homely rooms that can cater to the most specific business or leisure needs. The hotel is located a short walk from the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, as well as numerous transport links which ensure easy access to the rest of the city and beyond. At the Hotel Indigo London Tower Hill, guests will be offered more than a place to sleep.
Book a room at the Hotel Indigo London Tower Hill now, best price guarantee.
Novotel London Tower Bridge
3 stars / 10 Pepys Street, The City, London, United Kingdom EC3N 2NU
The Novotel London Tower Bridge effortlessly merges stately architecture with polished hospitality. As it is located in the center of London across from the Tower of London and near the Tower Bridge and St Pauls Cathedral, many of London’s attractions which including Green Park and Buckingham Palace can be easily reached. This upscale hotel offers 6 meeting rooms, each of which have WiFi internet access, making them ideal for tourists and business travelers alike. The guestrooms come in standard and superior sizes and are luxuriously furnished. Guests should be sure to have a meal at the Garden Brasserie restaurant which offers a variety of international fare or have a drink at Pepys Bar.
Book a room at the Novotel London Tower Bridge now, best price guarantee.