The City of London

IMG_0246_2IMG_0296When 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.

IMG_0044_3The 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.

While I was at the Tower of London, I was excited to lay eyes on the Gherkin (aka 30 St Mary Axe), which I think is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world.

IMG_0212_2IMG_0222_2But the City also has beautifully preserved buildings like St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Bank of England.

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.

But I think the “Best Named Pub” award goes to the Hung Drawn and Quartered, a pub near the Tower of London.

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