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Central London Travel guide

Explore the Tower of London, Leadenhall Market and More

The City of London represents the perfect blend of leisure excitement and corporate practicality. Home to the offices of hundreds of major brands, financial companies and law firms, the City - or the Square Mile, as Londoners call it - is the UK's primary business district. It also boasts an array of historic attractions, high-end shopping destinations and dining and nightlife standouts, creating an ideal place to visit for business, for pleasure, or for a bit of both.

The City hits its peak during weekdays, when thousands of white-collar workers in suits, ties and dresses swarm the streets. The kinetic atmosphere is something to behold, as the area comes alive and shops, cafes and restaurants open for business. Each weekend, the area is left to tourists seeking some of London's best sightseeing destinations. The Tower of London, Tower Bridge, the Monument to the Great Fire of London, and St. Paul's Cathedral are just a few of the attractions that draw visitors from around the world.

The City of London is surrounded by some of London's most vibrant areas, including Covent Garden, Shoreditch and South Bank. The City's proximity to these areas places visitors within minutes of London's theatre district (Covent Garden), premier modern art museum (Tate Modern), and the UK's up-and-coming centre of art, design and music (Shoreditch).

Plan the perfect Central London itinerary: consult our calendar of events and City of London travel guide.