Serviced apartments City of London: Area guide to staying in City of London
Not to be confused with the city of London, the City of London is the financial heart of the capital. Also known as the Square Mile, the City is a riot of distinctive skyscrapers with affectionate nicknames such as the Gherkin, the Walkie Talkie and the Cheesegrater. A little closer to ground level, you’ll find St Paul’s Cathedral, the Bank of England and the Tower of London.
Until relatively recently, the City tended to be quiet when the thousands of workers from the financial services sector went home, but there’s been an increase in restaurants and shopping outlets attracting visitors outside office hours.
Make time to catch a performance or exhibition, see a movie or have a drink at the Barbican. This enormous sprawling mixture of residential property with its three magnificent Brutalist towers also houses Europe’s largest performing arts centre.
Right next to St Paul’s Cathedral, this shiny retail centre houses high end and high street stores along with a range of places to dine. Worth it alone for the great views of St Paul’s.
An unfairly overlooked spot, this museum is a hugely entertaining history of London from prehistoric to the present day. It’s currently part of the distinctive Barbican complex, it will move to a larger home in nearby Smithfield. Highly recommended.
Harry Potter fans might recognise this beautiful covered Victorian market as it appeared as Diagon Alley in the movies. Filled with both independent and high street shops, bars and restaurants, you’ll find flowers, cheese, meat and all sorts of fresh food.