Things To Do - Bank

The City encompasses nearly three square kilometres stretching to the west near to Temple Station, up to Chancery Lane, past the Barbican and Liverpool Street to the north and to Aldgate but not Brick Lane to the East.

The sheer scale of this means that we have very little chance of being able to tell you every single thing to do. However, we will try and tell you some of our favourite spots and things to do. 

stunning architecture

If you only ever visited the City every year you would be surprised each time with the ever-changing skyline.

There are plenty of must see sights which we will outline below. 

 
  Must Do - The Whispering Gallery - Whisper something around the dome      St Pauls Website

Must Do - The Whispering Gallery - Whisper something around the dome

St Pauls Website

  Must Do - Book in advance to see the view from the Sky Garden     Sky Garden Website

Must Do - Book in advance to see the view from the Sky Garden

Sky Garden Website

 
 
  Must Do - Climb the Claustrophobic Steps of the Monument      The Monument Website

Must Do - Climb the Claustrophobic Steps of the Monument

The Monument Website

  Must Do - Visit the Barbican's Secret Tropics one Sunday      Barbican Conservatory Website

Must Do - Visit the Barbican's Secret Tropics one Sunday

Barbican Conservatory Website

 
 
  Must Do - See The Gherkin's incredible architecture

Must Do - See The Gherkin's incredible architecture

  Must Do - See the staircases of the Lloyds Building

Must Do - See the staircases of the Lloyds Building

 
 
  Must Do - Look around Leadenhall Market

Must Do - Look around Leadenhall Market

  Must Do - See the view from Madison's      Madison's Website

Must Do - See the view from Madison's

Madison's Website

 

thames views

There are plenty of ways to see the City from the River Thames. One of the best views you can get is by crossing over the river and sitting by City Hall and Hays Galleria. 

However, one of our favourite ways of seeing The City (and a bit more of London) is to take the Thames Clipper River Bus (Website). On a clear day you get an unrivalled view of both sides of the river. Additionally, for only £7.20 you can travel all the way from Putney to North Greenwich so it is a good deal rather than relying on the underground with no views to speak of. 

the best pubs in the city

There are plenty of pubs scattered around the City. We have picked a few here that are a little bit different. 

Ye Old Cheshire Cheese (145 Fleet St, London EC4A 2BU | Website) is a Grade II listed building which has plenty of nooks and crannies where you can have your drink. The beers themselves are not the best but it is a fun space to have a beer. 

The Viaduct (126 Newgate Street, London EC1A 7AA | Website) is another pub to visit for a slightly different setting. The pub is opposite the Old Bailey and there are plenty of myths surrounding it. 

The Arbitrager (27 Throgmorton St, London EC2N 2AN | Website) and the Old Red Cow (71 Long Ln, London EC1A 9EJ | Website) are two of our favourite pubs that deserve a mention, and a visit. 

 
  Ye Old Cheshire Cheese

Ye Old Cheshire Cheese

 

where to eat in the city

You can find whatever you want in the City when it comes to food. Street eats, fancy restaurants and everything in between. 

We are splitting this section into Coffee/Brunch and some of our favourite places to ear in the City, without it being too fancy. 

Curator's Coffee (9A Cullum St, London EC3M 7JJ | Website) is one of the best spots for coffee in the City. You can combine freshly made food and they also hold art exhibitions in their shop near Leadenhall Market.

Grace Cafe (8 Creed Lane, London EC4V 5BR | Website) near St Paul's Station is another place to visit for coffee and a quick breakfast bite. 

For evening bites we love Polpo (3 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6DR | Website) and Beer & Buns (K10, 3 Appold St, London EC2A 2AF | Website) for smaller plates. 

Otherwise we would recommend The Jugged Hare (49 Chiswell St, London EC1Y 4SA | Website) and Simpson's (38 1/2 Cornhill, London EC3V 9DR | Website) which has been around since the 18th Century. 

a few things to do in the city

There are plenty of things to do in the City too. Here are our favourites:

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