City Of London
The City of London, often referred to as ‘The City’, truly is a city within a city, being only 1.12 sq. mi. in area. Best known as the world’s leading centre of global finance, London City has been a hub of business since the 19th century. Given that the City’s boundaries have remained mostly unchanged since the Middle Ages, it is only a very small part of the heaving metropolis we now know as Greater London. Originally established in 47 CE by the Romans, Londinium prospered and by the beginning of the 2nd century was named as Britain’s capital city. Many artefacts from this time can be found around the City, most notably the London Wall, the London Stone and the remains of the an amphitheatre beneath the Guildhall.
In the 10th century, the City of London was the site of 8 mints, demonstrating the wealth of the City. This wealth continued over the centuries and by the 16th century the City of London had become a major centre for banking, international trade and commerce. The Royal Exchange was founded in 1565 by Sir Thomas Gresham as a centre of commerce for London’s merchants. Whilst the building is no longer used for its original purpose, its location on the corner of Threadneedle Street and Cornhill continues to be the geographical centre of the City of London’s banking and financial services.
Today visitors to London City have the advantage of staying in Qbic London. Our soundless rooms and free wifi make it an ideal stopover location to leave refreshed for business in the city.