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LONDON AREA GUIDE: CITY OF LONDON

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City of London skyline

Characteristics:

If you are looking for a large house with spacious garden in a quiet leafy district, then the City of London is almost certainly not for you. The area which is mainly packed with contemporary high-end apartments, appeals predominately to professionals working in the area. It is the nation’s financial centre and it embodies the capital’s mix of tradition and change. The City by night is among the most beautiful sights in London, a ghost town of towering skyscrapers and stunning ancient buildings, including St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Bank of England. The City is packed full of history, museums, pubs, bars, clubs, restaurants and coffee shops, there is plenty to see and do in what is arguably the most thriving capital city in the world.

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Price:

A studio in City of London ranges from £1,235pcm to a whopping £5,200pcm. A room in a flatshare comes in at around £430pcm to £1,100pcm.

Things to do:

The City is home of some of London’s best-loved attractions including, Tower Bridge, The Monument, St Paul’s Cathedral, Museum of London and many many more so it is ideal for sightseeing. You also have One New Exchange which offers a great shopping experience and it happens to be the only large shopping centre in the City of London. It is not just an ordinary shopping centre though as it has a gorgeous roof terrace on top that is the home of Madison bar and restaurant that overlooks the beauty of St Pauls Cathedral. Furthermore it is home to the Leadenhall Market which offers diversity and excitement all in one place. It has a large number of stalls that offer cheese, meat, flowers and more with a charming selection of shops, pubs and restaurants. There’s also the Smithfield Market, a market that guarantees the freshest meat of whatever cut your heart desires with an outstanding selection of meat and livestock available.

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Restaurants, pubs, clubs:

The City of London is dominated by swanky bars, impressive traditional pubs, as well as grand restaurants, most of which are aimed at businesspeople with a few quid to spend. Here are our favourites! Heron Tower near Liverpool Street station is home to Duck & Waffle, on the 40th floor and Japanese/South American influences at Sushisamba on the 38th floor, both with an amazing view. If you’re into the impressive views check out the 24th floor in Tower 42 where you can enjoy Jason Atherton’s food at City Social. Furthermore you have  french fine dining spots Sauterelle and Coq d’Argent and pan-European restaurant 1 Lombard Street. The Hawksmoor Guildhall is famous for its breakfast but serve meals throughout the day.  All of the Square Mile’s plush skyhigh restaurants offer suitably scenic bar areas so they’re all worth a visit. Then there’s American-themed Steam & Rye, and Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town and traditional pubs like Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese and Jamaica Wine House.

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 Transportation:

The City of London offers, thanks to its location in zone 1, easy access to the whole of London, as well as the rest of the country. There is a bunch different tube and train stations to choose from, meanwhile countless bus services operate routes all across London, many of which are running 24-hour services.

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