10 Places to Check Out in the City of London

The City of London is the location of one of the world’s top financial districts. Unlike many other business districts in large cities around the world, the City of London is an eclectic mix of old and new where stainless steel and glass skyscrapers stand alongside centuries old heritage buildings.

If you’re in the area, why not check out some of these famous buildings?

1. The Gherkin
Referred to as the Gherkin for its pickle-like shape, the building formally known as 30 St. Mary Axe is a 40 floor skyscraper located on the site of the former Baltic Exchange. The building was purchased by IVG Immobilien AG and Evans Randall in 2007.

2. The Bank of England
The Bank of England is the second oldest bank in the world and the model that most modern banks are based upon. The building was established in the early 18th century. The building hosts the Bank of England Museum, which is free to the public.

3. The Guildhall
The Guildhall serves as the administrative centre of the City of London, a role it has held for several hundred years. Though some of the building was destroyed by the Great Fire of London, there are portions of the structure that date as far back as the 15th century. The site includes the Guildhall Art Gallery, Guildhall Library, and the Clockmaker’s Museum.

4. Leadenhall Market
This covered market located within the City of London has a history that dates to the 14th century. Residents and visitors alike can visit Leadenhall Market for fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and flowers.

5. St. Paul’s Cathedral
Resting on Ludgate Hill, St. Paul’s Cathedral is one of London’s most well known structures. The Baroque style church is the second largest in the United Kingdom and has one of the highest domes of any church in the world. The cathedral is also home to the Britain’s third largest pipe organ.

6. Paternoster Square
Next to St. Paul’s Cathedral lies Paternoster Square. This is the location of the London Stock Exchange and home to several statues and monuments.

7. Finsbury Circus
Finsbury Circus is the largest open public space in the City of London. Finsbury Circus was originally part of Finsbury Manor. The buildings were later used as part of the University of London before they were demolished and the land was made open to the public.

8. Lloyd’s Building
The design of the building that is home to Lloyd’s of London is one that stands out against the backdrop of the City. In order to maintain efficient use of space inside building, items such as staircases, electrical lines, and water pipes are located on the outside. This is how Lloyd’s Building developed the nickname “The Inside Out Building.”

9. Royal Exchange
The Royal Exchange building that exists in the City of London today is the third such building erected on the site. The previous two, the first of which was completed in 1571, were destroyed by fire in 1666 and 1838, respectively. The Royal Exchange originally served as a centre of commerce. It is now a high end shopping mall.

10. Monument to the Great Fire of London
Located near London Bridge, the Monument is a Doric column that stands on the spot where the Great Fire began. The Great Fire, which spanned for three days during 1666, destroyed over 13,000 homes and buildings, including the original St. Paul’s Cathedral. The Monument allows visitors to view the City from atop a caged platform.

For more places to go and things to do in London, check these out:

101 Free Things to Do in the UK – FinanceChoices.co.uk

101 Things to Do in London – Timeout.com

101 Free Things to Do in London – Londontopia

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