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The City of LondonLondon

Discover a compelling blend of modern culture and rich heritage in London’s financial heart.

The City of London is the capital’s business hub and home to many of its most iconic historical landmarks, notably St. Paul’s Cathedral. Gaze up at skyscrapers, wander through pleasant plazas and visit some of the legendary attractions that have made London famous.

Also known simply as the City or the Square Mile, this district roughly follows the former limits of the first Roman settlement of the area known as “Londinium.” The City retains elements of its medieval character, but many of its historic structures were destroyed during the Great Fire of London in 1666. Learn about this devastating event at the Monument to the Great Fire of London. Gaze up at the monument’s 202-foot (62-meter) tall column and ascend the 311 steps to the top for an excellent view.

To the west of the monument is St. Paul’s Cathedral, an emblem of London’s recovery from the Great Fire. Although there has been a place of worship on this site for over 1,400 years, the current incarnation dates back to the late 17th century. Learn about the genius of architect Sir Christopher Wren, who designed this landmark church with its iconic dome. Inside, view intricate stone carvings and exquisite mosaics.

Browse the upscale boutiques housed inside the Royal Exchange, a former trading and commerce center. Visit the adjacent Bank of England, one of the oldest banks in the world, and its fascinating museum. The museum exhibits artifacts from the bank’s collections, including coins, prints, books and photographs, some of which date as far back as Roman times.

Relax in some of the district’s small squares, such as Finsbury Circus. Admire its bandstand and watch locals on the bowling green.

Check out the eclectic range of stores found in the One New Change shopping center. Head to the center’s public roof terrace for lovely views of St. Paul’s Cathedral.

The City of London is at the heart of the metropolis of London. It is well-connected to the surrounding London area by the London Underground.

Enjoy your visit to the neighborhood where London was born.

Top hotels in The City of London

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London -Tower of London
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London -Tower of London
4 out of 5
7 Pepys Street, London, England
The price is £94 per night

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Financial District, The Gherkin and Tower of London. Tower Bridge and Liverpool Street ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (4,044 reviews)

"Good location, about 5-10 minutes from the Tower bridge, and the Tower of London. Convenient access to underground (subway) and train, both within 5 minutes. So even though it's far from locations like Picadilly or Paddington, public transport to get to those places is convenient."…"

Reviewed on 25 Mar 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London -Tower of London
Andaz London Liverpool Street - a concept by Hyatt
Andaz London Liverpool Street - a concept by Hyatt
5 out of 5
40 Liverpool Street, London, England
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £212 per night

Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Brick Lane and Old Spitalfields Market. Sky Garden and London Bridge are also ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (996 reviews)

"Good staff, room changed when cigarette butts found behind window shutters in original room. Chocolates and wine left in the room on our return from a meal out. Generally all good."…"

Reviewed on 8 Mar 2020

Andaz London Liverpool Street - a concept by Hyatt
Leonardo Royal London St Paul’s
Leonardo Royal London St Paul’s
5 out of 5
10 Godliman Street, London, England
The price is £112 per night

Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Paul's Cathedral and Tower of London. Tower Bridge and The British Museum are also ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,224 reviews)
Lovely hotel in a great location.

"Fab stay. Great location. Room was very comfy and clean. Really liked sitting in the atrium having a drink. Very relaxing. Barbara on reception was brilliant and very friendly. She made it very special for my husbands birthday with a cake. A lovely touch."…"

Reviewed on 9 Mar 2020

Leonardo Royal London St Paul’s
The Kings Wardrobe Serviced Apartments by BridgeStreet
The Kings Wardrobe Serviced Apartments by BridgeStreet
4 out of 5
6 Wardrobe Place, London, England
The price is £123 per night

Located in London City Centre, this apartment building is steps away from St. Paul's Cathedral and Financial District. The Strand and Tate Modern are also within ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (330 reviews)

"Front desk was helpful. Property wasn't as nice as it appeared to be from the pictures but everything was functional. Property is close to activities and bus stations."…"

Reviewed on 15 Mar 2020

The Kings Wardrobe Serviced Apartments by BridgeStreet
SACO The Cannon
SACO The Cannon
4 out of 5
46 Cannon Street, London, England
The price is £97 per night

Located in London City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Financial District, St. Paul's Cathedral and Museum of London. London Bridge ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (161 reviews)

"Stayed after knee surgery. Hotel were great. Allowed me to check in earlier than normal and were very good when I arrived on crutches and showed how to get to the room avoiding stairs."…"

Reviewed on 25 Jun 2020

SACO The Cannon
The Ned
The Ned
5 out of 5
27 Poultry, London, England
The price is £251 per night

Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Financial District, The Gherkin, and London Bridge. Liverpool Street and St. Paul's ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (372 reviews)
favourite London hotel

"My new favourite hotel in London . Great vibe. Lovely food. Good service , super room . I’ll def be back"…"

Reviewed on 12 Mar 2020

The Ned

Popular places to visit in The City of London

St. Paul's Cathedral
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St. Paul's Cathedral

4.5/5(629 reviews)

Visit this cathedral to learn about the history behind London’s most iconic church and its Baroque dome that overlooks the city.

Liverpool Street
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Liverpool Street

4/5(110 reviews)

You can search for that perfect souvenir with a trip to Liverpool Street, a favourite shopping spot in London. While in this romantic area, you can savour the restaurants and bars.

The Gherkin
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The Gherkin

3.5/5(7 reviews)

Marvel at this innovative building with a spiral design that resembles a pickled cucumber in the center of London’s skyline.

Financial District
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Financial District

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Financial District is just one of the places to see in London, so why not enjoy the other things to explore during your travels? Make time for the stunning cathedral and local tours in this vibrant area.

Museum of London
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Museum of London

5/5(4 reviews)

Museum of London is a popular museum in London with a rich history. Visit the notable monuments and stunning cathedral in this vibrant area.

Barbican Arts Centre
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Barbican Arts Centre

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Discover an eclectic schedule of art, cinema, dance, music and theater events at one of the largest performing arts centers in Europe.

Top things to do in The City of London

London Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour
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London Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour

£39
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
The London Pass®: Access 80+ Tours & Attractions
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The London Pass®: Access 80+ Tours & Attractions

£79
Per adult
72% of travellers recommend
Harry Potter Small Group Walking Tour - Kids Go Free!
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Harry Potter Small Group Walking Tour - Kids Go Free!

£19
Per adult
VIP-Early Entry Tower of London Opening Ceremony & Bridge
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VIP-Early Entry Tower of London Opening Ceremony & Bridge

£85
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Famous & Historic Pubs Walking Tour
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Famous & Historic Pubs Walking Tour

£25
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Private Arrival Port Transfer: Southampton Port to London Heathrow Airport
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Private Arrival Port Transfer: Southampton Port to London Heathrow Airport

£26
Per adult

Other areas in London

London featuring street scenes and markets

Shoreditch

4/5Very Good!(72 area reviews)

Liverpool Street and Brick Lane are top sights in Shoreditch, and you should be sure to explore the fantastic nightlife. Hop aboard the metro at Old Street Underground Station or Aldgate East Station to see more sights in the area.

Shoreditch
London showing heritage elements, markets and signage

Covent Garden

The lively bars and colourful gardens are just a few top-rate features of the neighbourhood. Make a stop by Royal Opera House or Covent Garden Market while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Covent Garden Underground Station to get around town.

Covent Garden
Kings Cross St. Pancras showing interior views and heritage architecture as well as a small group of people

Kings Cross St. Pancras

Kings Cross St. Pancras is highly notable for its fascinating museums, and you might want to visit top sights like Russell Square and British Library. See more of London by jumping on the metro at King's Cross St. Pancras Underground Station or Russell Square Underground Station.

Kings Cross St. Pancras
Soho

Soho

Enjoy the fantastic nightlife in Soho. Piccadilly Theatre is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Leicester Square Underground Station or Tottenham Court Road Underground Station to see more of London.

Soho
Regent Street featuring street scenes and heritage architecture

London City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(21 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums, stunning river views and acclaimed art galleries, there's plenty to explore in London City Centre. Top attractions like Piccadilly Circus and Piccadilly Theatre are major draws. Catch the metro at Piccadilly Circus Underground Station or Green Park Underground Station to see more of the city.

London City Centre
Mayfair

Mayfair

Travellers love Mayfair for its popular shops, and you can see more of London by jumping on the metro at Green Park Underground Station or Bond Street Underground Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like Piccadilly and Oxford Street.

Mayfair