City of London

High-powered lunches, handshakes, and contracts characterize this finance-centric central London neighborhood.

Not to be confused with London as a whole, The City of London goes by many names. Also known as The City and The Square Mile, The City of London houses the London Stock Exchange and serves as the world’s economic headquarters. Often vying with New York City when it comes to financial industry dominance, The City of London’s glass towers and critically acclaimed skyscrapers (The Gherkin, anyone?) are responsible for London's iconic skyline.

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On the Map

City of London is bordered by Holborn, St. Luke's, South Bank, Wapping, Clerkenwell, The West End, Shoreditch, Whitechapel/Brick Lane, Southwark, Bermondsey, LB of Islington, and LB of Hackney

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

The London Eye: 20 minutes on the tube
The Tower of London: 15 minute walk
Heathrow Airport: 60 minutes on the tube
Gatwick Airport: 60 minutes by tube and train
Kings Cross: 15 minutes on the tube
National Gallery: 20 minutes on the tube

The City of London: Creating Lasting Fiscal Legacies

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The City of London leaves lasting impressions. Its grandiose buildings and noble statues imbue their surroundings with regality.

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Flanked by the world's biggest banks, firms, and corporations, The City of London's residents look the part. Shoes shined, ties tied, and suits tailored.

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Pretty spiffy if you ask us.

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From its designer labels to its gold-gilded gates, luxury is in high demand in The City of London.

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Signature Skyscrapers and Avant-Garde Architecture

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The Gherkin stands in stark, contemporary contrast to the classic buildings that pervade in The City of London.

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Somehow, the styles complement one another. The old and the new never looked so nice together.

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Behold, an office turned inside out.

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London's Lloyds building is the first of its kind to place its interior framework on its exterior facade. In the interest of salvaging space, the building's staircases, elevators, and ancillary services were attached to its outside surface.

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Strictly business in The City of London?

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Not always.

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Be they moguls, tycoons, or tourists, the masses gather at The City of London's cafes and pubs.

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If you're not tempted into a cafe, a traditional rank of shops will captivate you in the 14th century Leadenhall Market.

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London Landmarks In Amongst It All

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An iconic London landmark, St Paul's Cathedral sports one of the highest domes in the world. The Cathedral might be famous for its 365-foot high structure, but it became even more esteemed when it hosted Prince Charles and Princess Diana's royal wedding, as well as The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

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The Monument to the Great Fire of London sits at the junction of Monument St and Frith St.

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Take the opportunity to climb the 311 steps to the top. You'll be rewarded with panoramic views of the city.

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Barbican is Europe's largest performing arts centre.

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Smithfield Market is a meat wholesaler that seemingly never sleeps. Trade starts at 3 am.

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You don't have to go that early. If you're there by 7 am, you'll be able to see the trading in action.

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If mornings aren't your idea of a good time, consider going to one of the surrounding steak houses for dinner.

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Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Rebecca Duke has been working as a photographer for the last decade, after attending Central St Martin’s in London. Her work focuses on people, interiors and travel and has been published in The Sunday Times, Elle Decor and Conde Nast Traveller. Rebecca travels frequently for her work but loved working in her hometown of London for this project. London’s friendliness about this work took this ‘true Londoner’ by surprise.

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