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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
Leonardo Royal London St Paul’s
Leonardo Royal London St Paul’s
5 out of 5
10 Godliman Street, London, England
CA $180
per night
Feb 28 - Feb 29

Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Paul's Cathedral and Tower of London. Coca-Cola London Eye and Tower Bridge are ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,928 reviews)

"The staff was super friendly and caring and the location was awesome."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 16, 2020

Leonardo Royal London St Paul’s
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
CA $132
per night
Feb 28 - Feb 29

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

4.4/5Wonderful! (3,864 reviews)

"We were surprised by the scale of this hotel, it is massive, but the service is really very good. We had to ask for an additional blanket but received it immediately. The upper-floor bar/club is clearly a draw with young folk. We walked in and immediately out, but no matter - we had a much more peaceful ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 17, 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London -Tower of London
Apex City of London Hotel
Apex City of London Hotel
4 out of 5
1 Seething Lane, London, England
CA $127
per night
Feb 28 - Feb 29

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

4.6/5Wonderful! (3,286 reviews)

"Great hotel in a convenient location. Good facilities and friendly staff"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 19, 2020

Apex City of London Hotel
Club Quarters Hotel, St. Paul's
Club Quarters Hotel, St. Paul's
4 out of 5
24 Ludgate Hill, London, England
Free Cancellation
CA $135
per night
Mar 15 - Mar 16

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of St. Paul's Cathedral, The Strand and Tate Modern. Aldwych Theatre and Globe Theatre are ...

4.2/5Excellent! (4,429 reviews)

"The room was lovely and all staff were very welcoming and helpful."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 18, 2020

Club Quarters Hotel, St. Paul's
Apex Temple Court Hotel
Apex Temple Court Hotel
4 out of 5
1-2 Serjeants Inn, Fleet Street, London, England
CA $183
per night
Feb 28 - Feb 29

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Strand, St. Paul's Cathedral and Aldwych Theatre. King's College London and London ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (2,122 reviews)

"This is a terrific hotel on Fleet Street. We found it to be a good value for the facilities and location. It’s near the financial district so is a little more business traveler oriented than tourist."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 19, 2020

Apex Temple Court Hotel
Locke At Broken Wharf
Locke At Broken Wharf
4 out of 5
Broken Quay House, 2 Broken Wharf, London, England
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
CA $118
per night
Mar 15 - Mar 16

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Paul's Cathedral, Tate Modern and Globe Theatre. Sky Garden and Borough Market are ...

Locke At Broken Wharf

Popular things to do in The City of London

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

4.5/5(528 reviews)

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

The Gherkin
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The Gherkin

4/5(1 review)

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

Barbican Arts Centre
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Barbican Arts Centre

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

Top activities 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

78% of travellers recommend
CA $67
Per adult
The London Pass®: Access 80+ Tours & Attractions
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The London Pass®: Access 80+ Tours & Attractions

72% of travellers recommend
CA $129
Per adult
St Paul's Cathedral Skip-the-Line Tickets
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St Paul's Cathedral Skip-the-Line Tickets

86% of travellers recommend
CA $12
Per adult
London Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour
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London Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

CA $41
Per adult
Harry Potter Small Group Walking Tour - Kids Go Free!
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Harry Potter Small Group Walking Tour - Kids Go Free!

CA $33
Per adult
The Alleyways And Shadows Old City London Ghost Walk
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The Alleyways And Shadows Old City London Ghost Walk

CA $18
Per adult

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