The City of London is actually only a small area east of central London, also known as the Square Mile. (See City of London Boundary Map.) This is the financial and business center of London and where you'll find the suit-wearing bankers and stockbrokers dashing around. The area is quiet at the weekend when the workers aren't there. It's well worth a visit as it's full of historical buildings next to modern additions. And, there's loads to do for free.
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The Ceremony of the Keys at The Tower of London is a 700 year old tradition that takes place every night. Essentially it's locking all the doors to the Tower of London and the public are allowed to escort the warden, as long as they apply in advance.
As the Tower must be locked - it houses the Crown Jewels! - they never miss a night because you can't leave the door open, can you?
St Olave's Church is a small medieval church, where Samuel Pepys, London's 17th century diarist, and his wife Elizabeth lie buried. St. Olave's is a peaceful place to listen to music, with a lively lunchtime recital series.
The Gallery was established in 1885 to house and display paintings and sculpture belonging to the Corporation of London. Located in the historic heart of the City next to the medieval Guildhall, the present building opened to the public in 1999. As of April 2011, the Gallery it is now free to visit the Gallery and Romam Amphitheatre.
There are free Friday tours of the Guildhall Art Gallery and the Roman Amphitheatre showing highlights of the Gallery's permanent collection. The tours take place every Friday at 12.15pm, 1.15pm, 2.15pm and 3.15pm. Booking is not needed.
Address: Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury, EC2P 2EJ
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9.30am – 4.30pm