City of London

The original city and historic centre, the City of London has in recent times become the cities’ business hub. Being a home to a large proportion of corporate companies ‘The City’ is extremely lively in the week when all the bright young things are out occupying the pubs and bars after a hard day of crunching numbers. On the weekend however, it’s often so quiet it’s almost eerie. This is a good thing if you don’t like people but also means a lot of things aren’t open, leaving the place completely dead.

View from Waterloo Bridge

Home to St Pauls Cathedral and a great number of other churches and historical building, there’s a lot to look at. There’s also a great number of sky scrapers which also often offer panoramic views of the city from their elevated restaurants and bars. One to note in particular is 20 Fenchurch Street aka the Walkie Talkie building. It doesn’t look much like a Walkie Talkie but it doesn’t look like much else either. This building allows visitors up to its greenhouse-esque rooftop garden bar for free – Sky Garden. You have to book so waiting lists can be quite long but if you’re savvy about it there are certain off peak times when they except walk-ins. These are usually weekdays between 7am-10am and from 6:15pm onwards; on Saturdays between 8am-11am and 9:15pm-00:45am and on Sundays between 8am-11am and 9:15pm-10:30pm. Pick the most obscure times to avoid any queues.

Top points of interest

  • St Paul's Cathedral
  • Sky Scrapper viewing
  • Sky Garden
  • Leadenhall Market
  • Monument
  • Bank of England
  • Guildhall
  • Barbican
  • Museum of London
  • Old Bailey
  • Fleet Street


  • Bad Egg
  • Duck and Waffle
  • Hawksmoor
  • Breddos Tacos


  • Madison
  • Sky Garden
  • Sushi Samba
  • Ye Old Cheshire Cheese
  • City of London Distillery
  • Art Bar