City of London
||Once the financial
hub of the world, The City is a surprisingly small district
at just a square mile in East Central London covering
The Strand, Holborn, Goswell Road, and other famous street
A hotbed of business and commerce this was the
first part of London’s now sprawling metropolis
that the Romans chose to make their home.
When Londinium became a major settlement it was
attacked regularly and heavy walls were put up around
the area to protect it from further onslaught. Today the
outlines of those walls represent the City boundaries.
Inside these walls a strong trading centre was
established and it wasn’t until The Black Death
of 1347-48 with almost half the population wiped out that
The City suffered its first economic disaster.
The City soon got back on its feet and throughout the
Middle Ages it welcomed trade from furniture makers, butchers,
skinners and bakers. Lawyers and judges all soon played
a part in The City and began to build lavish halls in which to conduct their meetings.
The City’s second financial stumble was in 1666
with the Great Fire of London destroying or damaging
many businesses and temporarily halting trade, but like
a phoenix from the flames the economy was quick to re-establish
its position as a world leader.
Grander and even more luxurious buildings sprang up in
the Georgian and Victorian eras and many of these buildings
still stand today, although some were damaged and bombed
during World War II.
Today, The City maintains its position as an economic
powerhouse on a world scale and although many of its current
ventures and new businesses are purely commercial, its
history makes it an exciting and vibrant place drawing
tourists from across the globe.
Step onto those hallowed streets early in the morning
and you’ll probably be caught in the early morning
rush as businessmen and women dodge the rush hour traffic
en route to their glass-fronted offices.
Lunchtimes buzz with the topic of the day as workers head
to the many sandwich and soup bars in the vicinity. City
eateries do fast food better than any other restaurants
These business folk work hard and play hard and when the
daily grind comes to an end they head out to one of The
City’s fine eating establishments or find a comfortable
public house in which to relax and watch the world go
As evening draws in The City comes alive with lights and
music as some of the UK’s best clubbing venues are located here and it has good tube links at Temple
Street and Liverpool Street Station.