When people in London say “the City,” they are referring to an area just over one square mile north of the River Thames, encompassing the area first settled by the Romans. It’s now known as the central business and financial district of London.
The City is a beautiful mix of old and new architecture. Signs of new construction are everywhere, and the new buildings are modern, imaginative glass structures with fun nicknames like the Shard and the Cheese Grater.
There’s an ancient pub called Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, rebuilt in 1667 after burning down in the Great Fire of 1666. It was an experience just to have fish and chips in a room once frequented by Charles Dickens.