Living in the City of London
Want to study in the heart of an exciting multicultural city? The City of London, also known as the ‘Square Mile’, is the financial district of the capital of England – which was recently voted the world’s best student city (QS Best Student Cities 2019).
The City is home to hundreds of global company headquarters, some of London’s best attractions and the creative hub of Shoreditch – along with the INTO City Study Centre and the University’s prestigious Bayes Business School (formerly Cass).
Careers in the City of London
If you’re looking to build a career, the Square Mile is full of opportunities to develop your professional network. More than 500 international banks – as well as influential businesses and institutions – are located here. Just a 10-15 minute walk from the INTO Centre, you’ll find ‘Tech City’, which is home to major businesses including Google, Amazon and Microsoft.
What makes London unique?
- Home to 4 of the world’s top 40 universities (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019).
- 100,000+ international students from all over the world are studying here (London Higher 2017).
- Thousands of parks and open spaces for relaxing, studying and taking a break from busy life.
- A global capital of culture, with hundreds of museums, galleries and live music performances every day.
- More than 200 attractions and so much to do, from festivals to football matches and world-class theatre.
- Iconic sporting venues and facilities, including Wembley Stadium, Twickenham Rugby Ground, tennis at Wimbledon and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
City of London landmarks
Alongside modern skyscrapers like the Shard and the Gherkin, the area is also home to some of the UK’s oldest and most famous historical landmarks and attractions, including:
- St Paul’s Cathedral
- Tower Bridge
- The Bank of England
- The Tower of London
- The Museum of London
- St Mary Le Bow
Food in the City of London
With so many different people from so many different countries living and working here, you can find delicious world food in hundreds of restaurants, markets, street stalls and cafés. Spitalfields, Dinerama and Petticoat Lane are vibrant markets selling authentic food from all over the globe, from Chinese and Italian to Indian and Korean.
Of course, don’t forget to enjoy some of the UK’s specialities, like fish and chips from Poppie’s, a traditional roast dinner at The Old Red Cow or afternoon tea at Bea’s of Bloomsbury.
Shopping in the City of London
Whether it’s top designer brands or small independent boutiques, you’ll find an excellent variety of shops – whatever your style.
Spend the afternoon browsing the exciting stalls of Borough Market, sampling food and hunting for antiques. Just minutes from the Centre, Spitalfields Market is the perfect place to find unique outfits and handmade gifts – and you can pick up some tasty street food at the same time!
The City of London is also home to plenty of well-known international shops, including Gucci, Hermes, Tiffany and Co, Jo Malone and Louis Vitton. Close to St Paul’s Cathedral, you’ll find One New Change – a shopping centre featuring some of the UK’s most popular high street stores such as H&M, Accessorize, Topshop, Cos and Gap.
Travel in the City of London
London might be a big city, but getting around couldn’t be easier. It is served by a huge underground network of trains called the ‘Tube’. They run every few minutes on routes called ‘lines’ – and with 270+ Tube stations altogether, it’s no wonder the Tube is one of the most popular ways to travel. The Square Mile is served by 13 Tube stops, including:
- Bank Tube station
- Cannon Street Tube station
- Mansion House tube station
- Liverpool Street Tube station
- Fenchurch Street Tube station
As well as the Tube, the iconic red buses are a great budget-friendly travel option. You can no longer use cash to pay, so you’ll need an Oyster or contactless payment card. An Oyster card also gets you great discounts on the Tube, so it’s worth getting one when you arrive.
While you probably won’t be able to walk everywhere, one of the best ways to explore is on foot. It’s often quicker to walk than to catch a tube or bus – plus, you’ll have time to admire the historical architecture, find hidden places to visit and see more of this beautiful city.
The City of London is perfect for exploring by bike, with cycle lanes and docking stations where you can hire one whenever you like. It costs as little as £2, and you can easily pay with a bank card using a touch screen. You don’t have to book – simply hire a bike, ride it wherever you like, and return it to any docking station once you’re done.
Explore the UK from the City of London
The Square Mile has excellent transport links to explore the rest of the UK and Europe.
Using the Tube or bus network, you can access the capital’s nine major train stations, all of which provide links across the UK. At London St Pancras Station, you’ll find the Eurostar – an international high-speed railway service that connects London with other European cities including Paris, Brussels and Lille.
You can also travel to one of five major airports that serve London, including Heathrow, which is one of the world’s busiest and most famous. From here, it’s easy to catch a flight to another UK city, visit mainland Europe, or take a long-haul trip anywhere in the world.