The City: A Visitor's Guide
Sep 21, 2016
Situated on the eastern edge of the financial district between the Thames and the trendy East-end, Tower Hill has grown in popularity in recent years due to it being within close proximity to the City which is great for those employees working in the Square Mile of London where office and living space is hard to come by.
It has an abundance of history and culture as it is one of the oldest parts of the capital, and can be dated back to the Bronze Age as well as Roman Times. The architecture in this area is therefore a composite of old and new reflecting Tower Hill’s heritage as well as its modern-day financial links.
Tower Hill has a great art scene as well as an array of impressive markets making it a perfect choice for those weekends when you want some down-time after a long week at work. Staying in the area will mean you will be close to some of the capitals most famous landmarks such as Tower Bridge and The Tower of London which are both just moments away.
So for those relocating to the capital for work and need to be close to their offices in the City, Tower Hill proves to be a great choice with the added benefits of fantastic sights and beautiful architecture.
When relocating to a new town, city or country for work, taking some time to explore the area after a long day at the office can often be the best way to unwind.
Being close to the Thames means that you can take a leisurely stroll alongside the river during the evenings where you will be able to experience the capital’s true beauty by night.
However, if you prefer to sit back and relax then you can try out some of the areas most celebrated restaurants and bars which all offer a variety of different atmospheres to suit a range of City workers.
Bodeans – 16 Byward St, EC3R 5BA
Renowned eatery Bodeans is regarded as one of London’s most authentic American-style diners where the founder has brought true tastes, style and soul straight from the smoke-pit capital of Kansas City straight to London town.
The restaurant serves up and a variety of barbeque favourites such as pulled pork, brisket, burnt ends and juicy half chickens which can all be complimented with an array of sides, sauces and American tipples.
The sociable and friendly atmosphere here is a perfect end of week pick me up and the muted décor along with baseball, NFL and basketball games being played on plasma screens, allows diners to be transported to a mid-Western town in the States for a truly American experience.
Wine library – 43 Trinity Square, EC3N 4DJ
For dedicated wine connoisseurs, you can enjoy an after work tipple at the Wine Library where you will be able to try a selection of local cheeses, pate and breads alongside the impressive taster menu.
This bar has been inspired by typical French cellar visits which allows it to have an extremely easy-going atmosphere which is great when you want to get out of your apartment but don’t want to be submerged in crowds or listen to loud music.
Jack the Ripper Tour
For a completely different type of evening, we recommend joining one of the many Jack the Ripper tours in the area which will take you on an interesting journey through one of London’s most gruesome eras with the help of enthusiastic guides, theatrical performances and hand held projectors which all bring this history of crime to life.
Most tours run every night at 7:30pm from either Tower Hill or Aldgate East tube stations so make sure you don’t miss out.
Tower Hill is a great place to be at the weekends due to it being close to some fascinating landmarks, vibrant markets and intriguing galleries so there’s always something to do and see with any time off work you may have.
The Tower of London
One of London’s oldest and most notorious landmarks due to many famous beheadings taking place here, the Tower of London is a fortress set in Central London that has served as a royal palace, prison and zoo over its long and varied past.
Visitors will be able to learn about its fascinating history that dates back to the Norman Conquest in 1066, and they can even lay their eyes on her majesty’s Crown Jewels which are guarded by authentically-dressed Beefeaters who deliver the tours around the fortress.
Admission is £20 and is a popular attraction amongst all Londoners and visitors.
St Paul’s Cathedral
Standing out from a lot from a lot of buildings in the area due to its large church dome and fine architecture, St Paul’s Cathedral is regarded as a symbol of hope and resilience for London due to it sidestepping bombs during the Blitz when it was targeted.
It is full of history and has an awe-inspiring interior which visitors can discover on a guided tour. The Golden Gallery at the top of the cathedral offers breath-taking panoramic views of London whilst the Whispering Gallery is renowned for its quirky acoustics.
You can even enjoy an award-winning 270 degree film which gives a full insight into the buildings past.
On Sundays, we highly recommend a trip to London’s world-famous Petticoat Lane market which has a great buzz about it due to the enthusiastic market holders and bargain hunters who flock here every weekend.
You can browse through over-orders of designer goods; find some high-quality leatherwear on dedicated stalls or uncover hidden gems that are often found amongst the usual bric-a-brac you get at markets.
It is held on Middlesex Street from 9am to 3pm and is a great alternative to your typical high-street shopping.
Whitechapel Art Gallery
For art lovers, a short walk north will take you into the east-end of Aldgate where art galleries pepper the streets.
Whitechapel Art Gallery exhibits a range of contemporary and 20th century art from around the world and has premiered the work of renowned artists such as Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko and Sophie Calle.
This gallery is open all year round and is free to visit.
With so many great transport links that can take you all over the capital, it is no wonder why Tower Hill has grown in popularity whether people work in the City, West London, Central or Canary Wharf.
Tower Hill tube station is the most central of the stations in the area and runs services on the Circle and District lines which can take you directly into the City and Central London.
Aldgate and Aldgate East tube stations are on the Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines and provide easy access to the West of London whilst Tower Hill Gateway is great for those working in Canary Wharf, one of London’s two main financial centres.
Additionally, for those relocating from mainland Europe, London city airport is just a short car journey from Tower Hill making it extremely convenient and cutting down on travelling time.
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