The City of London, usually just called the City or the Square Mile, is the centre of trade and finance in Europe, rivalling New York City as the finance capital of the world. The traders, bankers and other wage-earners in the area have to work hard, so it's no surprise they like to play hard here, too. Flashy bars outnumber quiet pubs in the City, and most bars and pubs are designed to impress. Likewise, the restaurants are grand and often expensive – great for hashing out the details of a deal or letting someone know how important you are. The City also roughly follows the boundaries of the ancient Roman capital of Britannia, Londinium, so there are plenty of museums and other things to do if you want to slow the pace down a bit.
Bars and pubs in the City of London
Things to do in the City of London
Although the Monument, which commemorates the Great Fire of 1666, is often attributed to Christopher Wren, it was almost certainly designed by Robert Hooke, the seventeenth-century polymath who also invented the sash window and spirit level.