Are you moving to The City of London?
The City, or ‘The Square Mile’, sits along the north bank of the River Thames, in the heart of the capital. At one end are the legal districts of Chancery Lane and Temple, and the other end is met by the Tower of London, with Barbican to the north.
While the area was predominantly a financial business district, new residential development has attracted new movers, with more people choosing to call this convenient location home.
Discover the history of The City
The City takes its name from its Roman origins – the area was originally the settlement of Londinium, founded over 2000 years ago.Despite being called The Square Mile, it actually now spans a little over two square miles. This nickname harks back to the original geography of the area. The area has also been home to the UK’s financial institutions since the medieval times: so apart from the modern buildings and traffic, not much has changed!
The City of London: highlights and culture
By day The City is a bustling hub of industry and finance, with nearly half a million employees making their way into work here. This means that there is a wealth of amenities set to cater for the lunchtime rush and shopping needs of city workers with limited free time. However, come the evening the entire place settles down to a more peaceful pace, thanks to the fact that only around 10,000 actually live in the City.
The area is lacking supermarkets, due to the areas business district reputation. But the areas around Bank tube station are home to a plethora of delicious restaurants to try. And residents can take advantage of excellent weekend deals at some of the City’s fanciest restaurants, as they try to attract a crowd during the quieter days!
Things to do in The City of London
Living in the City you have immediate access to some of the country’s most popular historical buildings and tourist attractions. Here are our favourite things to do and places to visit in The Square Mile:
• St Pauls Cathedral
• The Tower of London
• Smithfield Markets
• Barbican Theatre
• The West End
The City, and the areas surrounding the square mile are teeming with fun activities, great restaurants and world class attractions. We know you’ll enjoy exploring your new home.
Where to live in The City, London
New developments of apartments and high-rise living have made this area a great residential choice. But whilst the area’s convenience (especially for city workers) is undisputed, you will have limited choice in property styles.
Buying an apartment here is a good financial investment, as more people choose to move into the area looking for rental or purchase opportunities.
For more help navigating the property market in The City, contact our Home finding Service who will match you to your dream property in no time.
Family life and education in The City of London
Despite being one of the UK’s least populous cities, there’s a surprisingly good number and quality of schools here. The area is residentially most popular with young professionals and not families, but with more accommodation becoming available, this could be a great place to move with a family.
There are many well respected private/independent schools in The City:
• City of London School
• City of London School for Girls
• St Paul’s Cathedral School
• Charterhouse Square School
• Sussex House School
• Tower House School
• LITE Regal International School
There’s also one highly ranked state primary school – the Sire John Cass’s Foundation Primary School (Church of England).
We’re here to help with your School Search: our experts match schools in your new home area with your family’s needs. It’s just another way we make moving home easy for you.
Thanks in part to the importance of the businesses here, The City benefits from incredible transport links.
Tube stations in the area:
• Cannon Street
• Chancery lane
• Liverpool Street
• St Pauls
• Tower Hill
These are supplemented by a handful of national rail stations with services connecting you to the rest of the capital and the UK.
If you plan on owning a car whilst living here, you will be subject to the congestion charge daily. However, residents do get a substantial discount on the toll.
How can we help with your move?
Pick an expert when you move home.
We have 120 years of experience in international and local moves, with a dedicated team based in London. If you are looking for the removals company who have the knowledge and local expertise to take care of every aspect of your move, look no further.
At Santa Fe Relocation, we make moving home easy for you.