Information on the City of London - West
City of London, built on the site of the original walled Roman
settlement, is the true heart of the capital. Known as the
'City' or the 'Square Mile', this is the financial district;
home to the Stock Exchange and the Bank of England. The
west part of the city runs into Holborn
and the Strand.
of early City was destroyed by the Great Fire of 1666 and
the Blitz of World War II,now
it is a mixture of 17th century churches, grand Victorian
buildings and ultra-modern glass and steel office blocks.
During business hours the City
comes alive but by the evening it is almost deserted.
Once one of London's main residential centres, few people
have lived here since the 19th century and today the City
only has a small population.