The City of London is actually a best city within a city. Known colloquially as just The City, this area of Central London is one of the most important business centers in the world and is home to many huge financial companies, such as Lloyd’s of London.
Organisations from across the globe have headquarters within The City and, as such, the office space Leadenhall Street, Lime Street and Fenchurch Street has to offer is sought after. However, this area of the capital has much more to it than just business and economics. Some of London’s tourist attractions are located within close proximity. Here are five of the best.
The Tower of London
One of the most iconic sights in the capital, the Tower of London has stood proud for close to 1,000 years. To walk within its walls is to fully immerse yourself in centuries of fascinating history. From the bleak Bloody Tower and Traitor’s Gate, to the armoury of Henry VIII, there is so much to see and enjoy here. That’s not forgetting of course the world famous Crown Jewels which are located in the Jewel House.
Approximately a 10 minute walk away from the center of the financial district, this magnificent cruiser which saw action during World War II is now a floating museum. From 1938 to 1952, HMS Belfast was involved in military operations all over the world. Visitors today get the chance to take a look at the Captain’s Bridge, in addition to exploring the immense Engine and Boiler Rooms.
Bank of England Museum
Quite an appropriate attraction for the financial center of the country, the Bank of England Museum tells the fascinating story of the bank from its origins in the 17th century right up to the present day. In addition to a large collection of gold bars, coins and unique bank notes, the museum also houses a number of historic weapons used to defend the bank and precious documents related to famous customers such as George Washington and Nelson.
The tallest building in the European Union, The Shard officially opened in July 2012. This truly unmissable modern landmark boasts incredible views over London which have to be seen to be believed. In addition to having the highest viewing gallery in the capital, The Shard is also home to a number of restaurants, three floors worth in fact, and a five-star hotel.
Officially 30 St Mary Axe, the magnificent structure known affectionately as The Gherkin is a symbol of modern London and lies in the heart of the financial district. Although it is not open to the public, The Gherkin still makes for a fine sight and has rapidly become perhaps the most famous modern building in the capital. At over 180 meters in height, this Norman Foster-designed structure is hard to miss.
The financial heart of London combines big business, modern architecture and ancient history like no other city in the world and is a must-see destination when visiting the capital.