City of London Area Guide
The City of London in three words
Characterful, beautiful, prestigious.
The benefits of working in the City of London
To the East, there’s the Bank of England. To the West, St Paul’s Cathedral. There are few places in the country where you’ll find as many iconic landmarks so neatly packed into just over a square mile. Historically the capital city’s financial district, the City of London is now home to a vibrant range of businesses – although banking is still key amongst these.
With so much history and incredible architecture in the surrounding area, choosing an office based in the City of London offers you the perfect chance to attract prestigious clients. There’s a phenomenal choice of high end and good value restaurants on your doorstep; an attractive prospect for wining and dining potential clients, and of course for keeping your staff happy and satisfied.
As you might expect, this part of the City boasts excellent transport links. With major train stations at Fenchurch Street, Cannon Street and City Thameslink, visitors and clients can quickly and easily reach you from the South of England. Of course, there are also excellent connections to the rest of the city via the London Underground. The journey between Bank and King’s Cross is just seven minutes, and there are great connections to the West via the District and Circle lines. If you are feeling particularly adventurous, you might even choose to travel by boat: the Thames Clipper stops at Blackfriars Pier, giving you a novel commuting option!
The best places to eat in the City of London
Burger and Lobster
Simple yet decadent, the Burger and Lobster chain was launched in 2011 with a straightforward concept that has made it a firm favourite. The limited menu offers fresh Canadian lobsters, and luxurious burgers made from prime cuts of beef. There are two in the City of London, on Threadneedle Street and Bread Street – both of which have amazing bar areas, great for a long lunch or fancy dinner.
Darwin Brasserie sits head and shoulders above other London restaurants – not least because you can find it 36 floors up in the iconic skyscraper, the Walkie Talkie. Focusing on classic British dishes, the quality of the food lives up to expectations. You’ll need to book ahead, as the stunning views and the luxurious surroundings of the Sky Garden make this a hugely popular venue for dinner and drinks in the City.
The best places for an after-work drink in the City of London
Merchant House London
A super-luxurious cocktail bar with a fascinating history. You’ll find an incredible selection of gins, rums and whiskeys in this hidden-away little gem. There is a range of cocktail making classes on offer, as well as great private rooms that you can book for a business or personal functions.
London Cocktail Club at the Monument
Don’t let the twisted taxidermy shopfront put you off! This glamourous bar boasts unique decor, but also a brilliant selection of high-end spirits, with expert bar staff who can mix up whatever cocktails tickle your fancy. A great venue for entertaining, the bar is just down the road from London’s famous Monument on Fish Hill Street.