The City of London, also known as "the square mile" is the original heart of the capital. This is where London began and where the Romans first settled. It is slightly to the east of what is now considered to be the main downtown area. The City has been the centre of banking, finance and commerce for hundreds of years and it was once full of both offices and homes. However, in the 18th century, the trend changed and people no longer wanted to live and work in the same areas. Consequently, the residential properties were converted into offices and the number of people living in the area dwindled. This changed in the 1970's with the development of the Barbican centre which created over 2000 homes and as well as some more recent additions such as The Heron.
From Monday to Friday the area is alive with thousands of commuters who all work in the City. Expensive bars and restaurants dominate the area and during the week you will find them bustling with city workers, however, outside of office hours and at weekends, the area has a completely different feel to it and is virtually empty with many places closed.
Situated to the South-East of The City St Katherine’s Dock has some lovely private yachts which are moored within the marina and are surrounded by a collection of good quality restaurants and shops. Its Easterly neighbour, Wapping, still retains echoes of its maritime past with the shackles from which they used to chain pirates still visible on the river banks and the old wharf buildings that have now been converted into apartments.
Transport links into the City are very well catered for and there are no fewer than four mainline railway stations in the City (Blackfriars, Cannon Street, Fenchurch Street and Liverpool Street), whilst London Bridge Station is just across the river. The underground lines serving the City are: Central, District, Northern, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City. The Waterloo & City Line (direct to Waterloo station and more commonly known as The Drain!) and the Docklands Light Railway (to Docklands and London City Airport) also go from the City.
|From The City of London to...||By Car||By Train/Tube|
|Heathrow Airport||19 miles, 40 mins||51 mins (3 changes)|
|Gatwick Airport||30 miles, 60 mins||45 mins (2 changes)|
|London City||7 miles, 26 mins||30 mins (2 changes)|
Types of Housing and Pricing
The City is predominately commercial rather than residential and therefore the choice of property on the market can be quite restricted. You will mainly find apartment blocks which offer 1 and 2 bedroom flats. Some 3 bedroom apartments exist, but are few and far between. This is not a family-orientated area so you will not find houses or any 4 or 5 bedroom properties. Loft style apartments are very desirable and it's these that are commanding the highest prices.
St Katherine’s Dock was developed around the 1990’s with apartment blocks housing 1 and 2 bedroom properties which overlook the marina. Whilst some blocks to the east were originally designated for social housing these have now been bought privately the whole area retains a feeling of affluence.
Wapping has an array of warehouse conversions mixed in with some lovely new apartment blocks facing the river. There are also some old factories in the streets behind these that have also been converted into apartments as well as some small but less desirable houses.
|The City of London|
|To Purchase||To Rent|
|Studio||£370,000 - £700,000||£330 - £900 per week|
|1 bed||£450,000 - £1,000,000||£350 - £1100 per week|
|2 bed||£600,000 - £1,700,000+||£390 - £1400 per week|
|3-4 bed||£700,000 - £4,500,000+||£580 - £2200+ per week|
|5+ bed||£1,500,000+||£900+ per week|
Education in the UK is compulsory for children between the ages of 5 and 16. Many state-funded schools offer a nursery class from age 4 and independent nursery from as young as 6 months. There is also a choice of both state and independent schools that offer higher education to age 18.
The Local Authorities (LA) for the areas are City of London and Tower Hamlets and they are responsible for state-funded schools, including their admissions.
The only state primary school in the City of London area is Sir John Cass's Foundation School but it does have results above the national average. There are no state secondary schools in the City of London; however, there are 3 independent schools and the specialist Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In Wapping there are a couple of state Primary Schools and Wapping High School (which is just outside our mapped area). There are also a couple of private Montessori schools.
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Local Authority, Taxation and Crime Rates
The City of London is uniquely run and the council is independent and has no political affiliations but is instead headed by the Lord Mayor of the City of London, it is responsible for the local area. Tower Hamlets Council is responsible for St Katharine’s and Wapping. They levy an annual charge known as ‘Council Tax’ for local services such as waste collection, street lighting, police and fire services. You should expect to pay Council Tax whether you are renting or buying.
The police authority for the area is The City of London Police. For non-emergency calls to the police, phone 101.
Your local Member of Parliament (MP) is elected by their local constituents to represent their interests and concerns in the House of Commons.
A good source of information for crime rates in the area is ‘Illustreets’. The website has a great interactive map which provides detailed local statistics, including standards of living.
Shopping in the City is fairly restricted to outlets selling lunch and day to day essentials. More and more stores are moving into the area, but still have restricted opening hours which mean that they do not open at weekends. Most of the stores will be found within close proximity of the underground stations. There are still markets that take place in the City, these being Leadenhall Market, Leather Lane Market and even Smithfield Meat Market. Leadenhall Market is a modern retail centre set in a Victorian market place and open form Monday to Friday.
St Katherine’s Dock has a few boutique shops for the discerning traveller, just having stepped off their yacht and Wapping has a small variety of day-to-day shops such as newsagents, and minimarkets. There is also a big Waitrose supermarket between the two areas.>
There are five main supermarkets chains in the UK: Asda, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Tesco and Waitrose. However, they now face competition from other brands such as Aldi, Lidl, The Co-Op and Marks & Spencer. Most offer on-line shopping facilities as well as Ocado, which is the only completely online grocery retailer in the UK, that offers Waitrose quality produce.
Waitrose and Marks and Spencer offer higher quality produce with prices reflecting this. Sainsbury’s and Tesco offer good value for money for a weekly family shop and Asda, Morrisons and The Co-Op are competitively priced with a larger range of budget everyday items. Aldi and Lidl are German brands that stock produce typical to the UK. They are often referred to as discount stores and offer fewer products.
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Golden Lane offers a state of the art gym, studio, swimming pool, tennis courts and a multi-purpose hall along with a good selection of classes.
The Barbican Centre is a performing arts centre hosting musical concerts, theatre performances, art exhibitions and film screenings.
Thomas More Square is home to a Fitness First gym with a swimming pool, gym and classes.
John Orwell Sports Centre has numerous facilities including a state of the art gym, personal trainers, free weights, group exercise as well as a hall within which you can play badminton, basketball and volleyball as well as an external astro turf pitch for football, tennis, hockey and netball.
The Lord Mayors show is an annual show where the mayor makes his procession to take the oath to the sovereign in the Royal Courts of Justice. This procession has taken place for over 800 years and is watched by millions of people.
The Tower of London is home of the Crown jewels, beefeaters, and grisly history.
Tower Bridge is the famous 'rising' bridge over the river Thames.
St Paul’s Cathedral was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and is a well-known figure on the London skyline. Visit the magnificent Cathedral floor, crypts and dome.
The Barbican is Europe’s largest multi arts centre showing arts, music theatre and dance as well as having conference facilities.
The Monument was built in 1671 to commemorate the fire of London. Visitors can climb the 311 steps to the top for some spectacular views of over the City.
Hatton Garden is London’s Jewellery Quarter, home to many master goldsmiths and jewellers and commonly known for its diamond trade that dates back to medieval times.
Guildhall has been home to the local government since 1411. The Great Hall in the secular medieval building is often the venue for grand receptions, dinners and award ceremonies.
The Bank of England Museum traces the history of the bank (known as The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street) from its beginnings to the present day.
The Museum of London tells the wonderful rich history of the city.
Sadlers Wells Theatre is home to international dance from ballet to contemporary and flamenco to hip-hop, to name just a few.