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If you are a successful entrepreneur, an enthusiastic student looking for an internship or simply a tourist who is passionate about the business industry, London is the right place to understand how large sums of money can be made and how a small business can turn into a worldwide brand. Let’s see how the “Square Mile” or “City” became so legendary and how it developed into the great financial institution that it is today. The Greater London administrative area has 32 boroughs, besides the City of London whose authority is the unique City of London Corporation and its leader is the Lord Mayor of the City of London. Another important economical district is in Canary Wharf. Although only 6.500 people live in the world’s leading center of global finance, there are over 300.000 people who come at work daily.
In the late 16th century, began the rise of the major role that it holds today in the business industry. It started with banks, trade and commerce and initially led to the appearance of the Royal Exchange (1565), Lloyd’s Coffee House and St. Paul’s Cathedral. After the 18th century, the British Empire began to evolve and the Industrial Revolution took birth. This lead to the ongoing increase of London helped mostly by the famous Tube and the railways. Nowadays, the City comprises several of the greatest and prosperous businesses on a worldwide level. Amongst them are more than 500 banks (including the Bank of England) and the most famous foreign exchange market. Companies like Ernst and Young, Unilever, BT Group, Allen & Overy, Aviva and DLA Piper have their headquarters in the City and usually they are among the tallest buildings in London. The most known skyscrapers are: the Heron Tower (2010), the The Gherkin (2003), the Willis Building (2007) and the Lauderdale Tower (1974). However, great sums of money are attracted through all sorts of entertainment instruments like pubs, shopping centers and expensive restaurants. If you plan on visiting this part of London, we have some recommendations for you. The City can be reached by a variety of means of transport: the Underground, the rail, by car or even by crossing the river Thames.
Your first tour should include all the gardens and open spaces that turn the City into one of the most beautiful British areas: Hampstead Heath (4 miles from Trafalgar Square), Barber-Surgeon’s Hall Garden, Finsbury Circus, Portsoken Street Garden, Seething Lane Garden, St. Mary Aldermanbury, Whittington Gardens, Epping Forest (almost 6.000 acres), West Smithfield Garden, Queen’s Park (1886), Inner Temple and Middle Temple Inns of Court. Next, you can visit Keats House (Hampstead) or go to the Museum of London Docklands. If you are in the mood of seeing a movie or a play, you are in the right place, as you will feel overwhelmed by the large number of entertainment places and festivals: Barbican Centre, Guildhall School, LSO St Luke’s, Bridewell Theatre and City of London Festival. Interesting museums and galleries are also available, such as: the Museum of London, Sculpture in the City, City of London Police Museum, Bank of England Museum, Guildhall Art Gallery and Roman Amphitheatre, Barbican Centre and the Tower of London.
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