London's historic core: a hugely impressive mix of history and modernity whose dedication to financial services belies an architectural richness of new buildings populating an historic street pattern that goes back to the Middle Ages.
From the historic sober high walls of the Bank of England to the brand new glass cladding of Foster and Partners’ 30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin) skyscraper, the architecture of the City has always been an expression of wealth and quality.
Its focal points were Bank and St Paul's cathedral, London's most salient and important landmarks. But around the City's expanding edges are a mix of new developments that illustrate the variety of modern British architecture, and with Heron Tower now complete the architectural debate in the City concerning the issue of tall buildings continues.
Walking tour, departing from City of London Information Centre, St Paul's Churchyard EC4M 8BX at 10am. Cost £19.50
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“I was particularly interested in the way the Square Mile has developed over time. I enjoyed the way the tour guide gave his insights into current and future architectural developments, discovering normally hidden parts of the area”
"I had been a keen visitor of the City over 20 years ago, but had not kept up with the new developments since. It was great to see how much life there is now"
"It opened my eyes to what surrounds us all the time but take for granted! I look up a lot more, as a result"