City of London Tour
Although the 'City' of London is but one square mile in size, a half day is needed to see it in any depth. As well as Roman ruins (the Temple of Mithras and London's Roman city wall), some of the most modern and exciting buildings in the U.K. can be seen in the City - which today is one of the major financial centres in the world.
Banks from every part of the globe are represented here together with the headquarters and foreign centres of the major British banks, as well as other institutions of international commercial significance such as the Stock Exchange, Lloyds of London, Lloyds Register of Shipping and the Baltic Exchange.
There are 33 churches in the square mile - the major one being the great cathedral of St. Paul, built by Sir Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of London in 1666. This building stands on the site of the first cathedral, built 1300 years ago. Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, was married here in 1981 to Diana Spencer and in 1965 the funeral service of Sir Winston Churchill took place here.
Undoubtedly the most historic building in the area of the City is the Tower of London. Its name does not give an indication of what awaits the visitor, as the 'Tower' is actually a great and vast fortress, founded in the 11th century by William the Conqueror as a military stronghold and became subsequently a Royal residence, prison and site of execution. Now it houses the fabulous Crown Jewels and is open to the public.
A visit to the Tower of London takes one and a half hours minimum (more in the busy summer season).
There is an entrance charge, which includes a visit to the Crown Jewels.