Bank of England
City is the centre of London in every respect. Its history
began here; big money was and is made here - for 1500 years
the City was practically synonymous with London.
today, many visitors to London never get to see the Square
Mile, even though it differs fundamentally from other parts
of the huge city. The Great Fire of 1666 and the German bombs
of 1940/41 necessarily led to renewal on an enormous scale,
which gave it an unparalleled atmosphere.
City's government goes back to the middle ages, with its own
mayor, its own police force, and customs that are found nowhere
else in Britain. The architecture is unique, from the Roman
wall to medieval remains, from the elegant churches and narrow
alleys of the 17th century to the glass office giants of the
you interested in London and its peculiarities? Then you should
start your voyage of discovery in the City. Covering just
about one square mile (which has led to its nickname), it
is London's smallest borough, and therefore lends itself to
discovery on foot.