Known to locals as the Square Mile, the City of London is the heart of the capital and was where ancient Roman settlers first established the city we know today. Now, it is one of the most affluent and active areas in London.
After enjoying a delicious breakfast at our luxury hotel restaurants in Shoreditch, why not spend the day exploring the Square Mile to uncover the history of the city? Here are a few of the must-see sights to look out for on your London City day trip from the Montcalm Hotel Shoreditch.
Tower Hill, London
When the Romans decided to invade and subsequently settle in Britain, they thought it best to create a defensive perimeter around their primary settlement which was then known as Londinium. The wall they built provided safety from attacking forces for centuries and continued to do so through the Middle Ages until it was all but demolished due to the rapid expansion of the city limits. Today, you can still find remanenents of the wall, the largest of which is located near Tower Hill. This is a must-see if you’re heading to the city from the Montcalm Hotel Shoreditch.
Museum of London
London Wall, London
Explore the rich history of London and discover how it has become one of the leading economic, cultural and social powerhouses of the modern world. More than just a look over the past century, the Museum of London follows the timeline back to the prehistoric era by looking at the various peoples that called London home and how they have influenced the area. With a range of collections and exhibits showcasing ancient artefacts, rare antiques and authentic documents, there’s a lot to uncover.
Monument to the Great Fire of London
Fish Street Hill, London
This column in the heart of London City is a must-see while you’re exploring the local area. The Great Fire of London is one of the most infamous events in the history of the city, the effects of which can still be seen in areas of the capital today. The monument was designed by renowned architects, Christopher Wren and Robert Hooke and provides a beautiful photo opportunity for shutterbugs.
Gresham Street, London
At the heart of the Square Mile, you’ll find the historic City Hall that has stood since the 12th century. Throughout modern history, Guildhall has served as the central political and economic hub in London and has played a part in all major financial decisions in the city. The usage of the hall goes back centuries and the current building was built on top of an ancient Roman amphitheatre which can still be seen today by the public.
Bank of England Museum
Bartholomew Lane, London
As one of the oldest and most famous banks in the world, the Bank of England Museum offers a trip back in time for visitors. Browse the amazing collection of antique machinery and historic bill designs as you learn about the evolution of the modern monetary system and how money is made. You’ll also get the opportunity to hold ancient Roman gold bars.