The City, Barbican & Clerkenwell

The City, is actually a city within London. It’s boundaries have remained unchanged since the Middle Ages and it is now a small area within the great metropolis of Greater London. A small, but very important part of central London. It holds city status and has it’s own flag, motto and coat of arms. Referred to as The City, just City, or the Square Mile, it is London’s historical heart. It is also a major business and financial centre and along with New York, is the financial capital of the world. The London Stock Exchange, Lloyds of London and the Bank of England are all based in the City. The Bank of England is fondly known as “The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street.”

If you rent London serviced apartments in or near to this richly historic and ancient part of London, you will find plenty to keep you entertained, amazed, and educated! For example: The Tower of London, Tower Bridge and Traitors Gate, The Monument (built to commemorate the Great Fire of London in 1666), and London’s Roman Wall. Or walk across the river Thames, as the South Bank offers fabulous attractions such as The Design Museum, Borough Market, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and of course, Tate Modern. There are numerous restaurants and traditional London pubs to cater for all tastes and budgets including St Katherine’s Dock which offers a peaceful residential oasis to slow down and watch the yachts in the marina.

Also nearby are the popular and fashionable areas of Whitechapel, Shoreditch and Hoxton. Much loved by locals for their lively local street markets – Columbia Road Flower Market, Brick Lane, Broadway Market, Spitalfields and Petticoat Lane – plus vibrant night life offering pop up restaurants, music venues, bars and renowned galleries and museums and plenty of old East End history.  Whitechapel, of course, continues to fascinate visitors and locals not least for it’s Jack the Ripper connections.  Many of the pubs that existed and played a role in those terrible Ripper years are still open today, The Ten Bells and The Blind Beggar, for example. There are many excellent walking tours to be enjoyed that are interesting, informative and well worth taking.  Nothing like being in London serviced apartments whilst you learn, especially somewhere as atmospheric as the East End. The Whitechapel Art Gallery is also worth a visit.

Barbican is a vibrant and sought after area in the City.  Lots to do here and shoppers can find anything from antique collectables and works of art, to local produce – Exmouth Market being a fine example and just a stone’s throw away. You will also find many of London’s finest restaurants, gastro pubs and Italian delis in the vicinity so come prepared to shop, eat and generally have a good time.

Hand in hand with commerce and high finance goes culture and Europe’s largest art and conference venue may be your neighbour if you rent London serviced apartments – the renowned Barbican Arts Centre. This prominent venue is the home of the London Symphony Orchestra and The Royal Shakespeare Company and hosts contemporary and classical music, Opera, theatre and innovative visual art installations. There is also a library, several restaurants and a conservatory.

Or head south from your home and take a leisurely stroll through the City to St Pauls, over the Millennium Bridge to The Globe and lunch at the Tate Modern. Or head west and wonder around antique Bloomsbury, explore the wonderful treasures of the British Museum and pop in at one of the four Inns of Court to get a feel for medieval London. If you are feeling energetic there are many cycle paths along the canals which are great for pootling around on a lazy Sunday with a pit stop at the local pub.

Clerkenwell is a vibrant and sought after area of central London on the edge of the City.  It is a popular area enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.  There’s lots to do and keen shoppers can find anything from antique collectables and works of art, to good local produce. On Clerkenwell Road you will find many of London’s finest and most famous restaurants.  The entire area is rich in gastro pubs and Italian Delis so come prepared to shop, eat and generally have a good time.

Your choices are endless as these area truly have something for everyone. Find lots of culture and history to keep you fascinated, a thriving nightlife to keep you entertained and oodles of serviced apartments to choose from.