The Best Places to Stay in the City of London
Published: 10 Mar 2017
Category: Area Focus
The City of London is the ideal location for those who wish to get the most out of their London stay. The area contains a rich variety of architectural styles. It also home to some of London’s most emblematic landmarks, such as The Gherkin, the Tower Bridge and Monument. The area, which is also known as The “Square Mile”, spans from Chancery Lane to Liverpool Street and across Tower Hill down to Temple.
City Mid Town
Farringdon is a lively part of London, which has long been synonymous with both the financial services and the arts. The area also hosts some of the most exquisite restaurants and cafe and bars in the City - from Iberica and Smithfield Market to the beautiful Dans le Noir.
Farringdon is the perfect spot for those wishing to not only enjoy a myriad of top bars and restaurants in the local area, but also famous London landmarks, including the Museum of London, The Barbican Centre and Sadler’s Wells Theatre, while still being a short walk or bus ride from the City of London.
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Barbican is one of London’s largest developments. The area offers a rich variety of architectural styles - from baroque cathedrals, and avant-garde innovations to refined contemporary business developments. This compelling backdrop has plenty of attractions and experiences for visitors and guests to explore.
The Barbican Centre is one such. It is famed for being the centre of London’s performing arts scene. Once described as ‘one of the wonders of the modern world’ by The Queen, the centre is the largest of its kind in Europe. It offers both contemporary music concerts, theatre performances, film screenings, art exhibitions and a library. You will also be able to enjoy a few restaurants and a conservatory.
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Clerkenwell is situated just north of Farringdon and Barbican. It was once known for its industrial history. Today, it hosts famous design agencies, and magazine headquarters. Old factories have been converted into a wide range of amazing bars and eateries, including Granger & Co and The Modern Pantry.
Other attractions worth visiting in the area includes the 02 academy Islington, a live music and comedy venue, located within walking distance to the famous Barbican Centre. Sadler’s Wells, can also be reached by foot from the venue. Clerkenwell is also home to the popular Smithfield Market, Bart’s Pathology Museum, and the Museum of London. This culturally rich area has great transportation links, allowing you to easily navigate the city.
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Stretching from Fleet Street and Better Bank Side to Chancery Lane and Temple, Blackfrias is one of London’s busiest and exciting business districts. This might explain why world renowned financial institutions, such as Goldman Sachs, J P Morgan, The Bank of New York Mellon and, the London Stock Exchange, all have offices in the area.
Some of London’s top attractions are also spread around in the local area. St. Paul’s Cathedral and the old courts in Temple are some of the most popular landmarks to visit at your leisure. Crossing the imposing Millennium Bridge will lead you to The Tate Modern, Oxo Tower and Shakespeare’s Globe. There is always something to do in this vibrant area.
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St. Paul's is not only home to one of the city’s most iconic landmarks - the grandiose St. Paul’s Cathedral - it also a bustling banking and business district. The area has a myriad of attractions, aside from the cathedral. These include: the Madison’s rooftop, Cheapside, the Museum of London, and the popular shopping centre - One New Change. Visitors can also take enjoy public performances held at the Guildhall School of Music and Dance.
St. Paul's is the perfect destination for business travellers. It is home to London Stock Exchange and The Bank of England, as well as a range of other companies, including: Barclays Investment Banking and Schroders among others.
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City Financial District
Aldgates iconic skyline features office buildings such as St Helen’s Tower, 30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin) and 20 Fenchurch Street (The Walkie Talkie). The central location provides guests the opportunity to experience everything the City of London has to offer by foot.
There is something for everyone in Aldgate. Visitor can walk across the impressive Tower Bridge, but also visit the historical Tower of London, and the Old Spitfields Markets. Visitors can also enjoy the delectable delights of London’s Tobacco Dock. The area has great transport links that offer connections to other famous regions in London.
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Moorgate is a great choice for those visiting for either business or leisure. It is located close to Liverpool Street, one of London’s quirkiest and popular areas, but is also part of the capital’s busy financial and business district.
Moorgate, and the surrounding area has plenty to offer visitors; from the vastly varied modern and historic architectural buildings, to top class shopping destinations. Many famous pubs and well-known restaurants such as the Duck and Waffle are also based in Moorgate.
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Shoreditch is not only perfect for those interested in street art, the area is also home to top quality restaurants, such as Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, the Tramshed. Famous bars and pubs, including The Commercial Tavern, The Blues Kitchen and The Book Club are also located in the area.
Other popular choices with tourists and visitors alike, include the excellent arts venue The Village Underground where visitors can attend live performances, theatre shows and exhibitions. Box Park is another popular venue; Box Park’s excellent location offers unique independent shopping experience. If you don’t find what you are looking for here, head over to Brick Lane for more unique alternatives.
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Liverpool street is an East London area popular with corporate travellers due to the fact that it is home to many of London’s major banks, including the Royal Bank of Scotland and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
Liverpool street is not only a popular spot among corporate travellers, the local area also hosts an excellent selection of great shops. A short walk from Liverpool Street station will take you to the culturally diverse Brick Lane and the exciting Spitfalfields Market. Liverpool Street is the perfect location for those who wish to experience the busy business lifestyle, as well as the wonderfully diverse art and culture scene in the City.
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This popular London area is named after the Monument to the Great Fire of London. Staying in this area will allow you to experience the busy bustling city life during the week and contrasting calm weekends.
Whether you are staying in Monument for business or leisure, there is something for everyone. Visit many of London’s most famous historical landmarks in Monument and the surrounding area. It is also located a short walk from Bank station, home to many of the City’s famous financial institutions, law firms, global companies, and cosy café bars. The nearby Leadenhall Market, with its impressive architectural design, offers visitors a myriad of fantastic bars and great eateries.
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Bank is famous for its tall buildings and busy streets. Many of the worlds renowned banking institutions and businesses are based in this area, including Lloyd’s of England, Deutsche Bank, and Royal Exchange.
Bank underground station offers excellent transport links and access to the Central, DLR, Northern and Waterloo & City lines, providing residents and visitor means to easily navigate the City and beyond.
The area is also great for leisure travellers looking to explore and experience all central London has to offer. Guests are able to experience some of London’s most iconic landmarks, such as Mansion House, St. Paul’s Cathedral. The historical streets of Bank also hide some of London’s most popular pubs and eateries.
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