The City of London is a very distinct area stretching from the Strand to The Tower of London. Look for the great dragons in the centre of the road marking the entrance to the city. For centuries this area has been the centre of commerce and industry, the financial world, press and media.
Walking down Cannon Street in the heart of the city of London, look out for a stone railed into a wall. This is the mysterious London Stone. Numerous legends attach to it, and it has featured in many fantasy stories. One of the most popular legends is that it formed part of a temple built by Brutus of Troy, one of the founders of the city. Others say it is the heart and soul of the city. Who knows?
Exploring the basement of the nearby Guildhall Art Gallery highlights London’s Roman past. Here you can see the remains of London’s Roman Amphitheatre which was uncovered by archeologists a few years ago.
Narrow lanes lead to a tall monument to the Great Fire of London. If you can find the energy to climb to the top, there are some pretty good views across the city. According to the stories, The Great Fire broke out in a bakers in Pudding Lane nearby and subsequently destroyed homes and businesses for several miles around.
St Paul’s Cathedral, one of the glories of London is just 5 minutes’ tube ride away from the nearest tube station (Tottenham Court) from Regency house hotel London. Modelled on St Peter’s in Rome, it is an incredibly iconic sight. Admiral Nelson is buried here, and this is where The Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales were married. The great dome looms over the city, and is actually on one of the highest points in the city of London.
Not far from here is the Museum of London, in the Barbican centre. This is worth a visit to find out more about the origins of this city, which has played a major role in British and world history. There are displays on the city’s Roman origins, its shops and offices, the Victorian slums and the exquisite treasures made here. Much of the city was destroyed during the Second World War, but some streets still bear the name of their historic origins such as Cheapside, an area where merchants and shop keepers have gathered for centuries. Travelers all around the world take the opportunity to know the history of London while on their stay at hotels near convent garden.
Walking down from St Paul’s Cathedral along Fleet Street recalls a time when this area was the home of journalism and printing. Often nicknamed Grub Street, this was where virtually all the major newspapers had their offices. Printmakers and newsgathers have been found here for centuries, selling the latest stories, news, caricatures and posters.
Look out for the pretty St Bride’s church as you walk down Fleet Street. It has long been the journalists church, but it also has other associations. As you enter the churchyard, look up at the steeple as it is very unusual. The tiered steeple is reminiscent of a traditional wedding cake – leading to the church’s other nickname as ‘the wedding cake church!’
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