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London City Suites by Montcalm provides luxury accommodation in the heart of one of the world’s greatest cities. With a fantastic location, many of London’s best sights are within walking distance of your suite. Here are five attractions, all of which are within a mile’s walk of the hotel:
St Paul’s Cathedral
Few London buildings can claim to be more iconic than St Paul’s. Built in the late 17th century, the cathedral was the crowning jewel of the rebuild of the city that followed the Great Fire of London in 1666. With its awe-inspiring dome, the building was the tallest in the city for close to 300 years, before the construction of skyscrapers in the late 1960s.
Visitors to St Paul’s can enjoy the fabulously decorated interior, climb the 528 steps up to the Golden Gallery, where you will be rewarded with fantastic views of the city, and venture down into the crypt, which contains the tombs of legendary Britons such as Lord Nelson, the Duke of Wellington and the man who designed the cathedral: Sir Christopher Wren.
The cathedral is open to sightseers seven days a week, with the price of admission including entry to the cathedral floor, crypt and the three galleries in the dome. You can purchase tickets in advance online, or buy them from the cathedral on the day. If you would like to attend a service at St Paul’s, information can be found on the cathedral website. Regular concerts are also held here, details of which you can also find on the site.
Want to learn a little more about the city? Take the short walk to London Museum and you’ll be able to find out all about the British capital’s fascinating past. From its Roman roots through to the multicultural metropolis you see today, London has a fascinating story to tell and this museum is one of the best places to hear it. Entry is free and the museum is open all year round, with the exception of December 24th to 26th.
Not far from the Museum of London is Barts Pathology Museum, which was named one of CNN’s Ten Weirdest Medical Museums in the World. This quirky venue aims to bring pathology (diagnosis of disease) to life. With a number of grisly medical specimens on display, this is not a venue for the faint-hearted. Its most famous is the skull of John Bellingham, who was executed for the murder of Spencer Percival (the only UK prime minister to be assassinated) in 1812.
If you are in need of a little retail therapy, then take a walk over to Old Spitalfields Market. Housed in a Victorian arcade, this is an atmospheric place to shop and find a bargain too. The traders here tend to focus on arts, crafts and fashion, and there are plenty of opportunities to stop for some good food and drink. For even more shopping opportunities, venture out into the Spitalfields neighbourhood, which has become established as one of the trendiest in London. Here you’ll find a wide range of independent stores and boutiques stocking a wide range of products.
Meat lovers should make the walk to Smithfields Market, the largest meat market in the UK and one of the biggest in Europe. As well as offering the chance to purchase some quality food, the market allows you to experience a little bit of history, as Londoners have been coming to this site to buy meat for at least 800 years.
Walk a little further on from Spitalfields and you’ll come to Shoreditch, the place to be for London’s young creative types. Traditionally a working-class neighbourhood, Shoreditch is now home to some of the city’s trendiest residents and provides no shortage of options for shopping, eating and drinking. Brick Lane Market is arguably the standout Shoreditch attraction, with all manner of weird and wonderful wares on display, ranging from electronics to artisanal foods.
Guildhall has played a key role in the history of Britain. This historic building has served as a centre of government since the Middle Ages and parts of the current structure date back to the 15th century. When not in use for events, Guildhall’s Great Hall is free to visit and provides a glimpse into London’s medieval past. Next door is Guildhall Art Gallery, showcasing art dating from 1670 to the present, including 17th-century portraits and pre-Raphaelite masterpieces.
While these attractions are all within short walking distance of our London City Suites, the hotel’s excellent public transport links mean you can easily travel anywhere in the city. The underground is the best way to get around, with Barbican and Moorgate stations both just a few minutes’ walk away.