What To Expect
No other city on earth is like the City of London. Its historic fabric, fashioned by almost 2000 years of relentless urban development and the commercial expansion that has made it the world's financial capital, is filled with Roman walls, twisting highways, medieval churches, and ancient monuments.
And yet, interspersed amongst these are the uncompromising symbols of modernity: soaring skyscrapers, towering office blocks, glazed atria and futuristic forms. Consequently, the oldest part of London is also its most spontaneous, provocative and dynamic forming a frenzied urban kaleidoscope of contrast, endurance and change.
Iconic buildings constructed centuries apart all jostle for attention. The Tower of London, ancient medieval fortress for almost 1000 years and a UNESCO World Heritage site, is overlooked by the 'Gherkin,' London's latest pop-culture architectural symbol. The venerable old Bank of England, established in 1694 as the world's first central bank and in part, an incomparable Neo-Classical masterpiece, is a stone's throw away from the Lloyds Building, Richard Rogers' uncompromising, high-tech, post-industrial machine that aggressively defies its historic context. And all around, the banks on which the City's incredible fortunes have been built are conceived as monumental classical temples or, occasionally, gleaming modern edifices.
Your architect guide will help you trace the haphazard history of development in the 'Square Mile' and show you how architecture is actively harnessed to powerfully convey its symbolic commercial and civic message.
Tower of London
Bank of England
Guided tour of London
Meals and drinks
Tips and gratuities
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