London City Architecture: Old and New

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The City is that part of London enclosed within the original medieval walls, which were built on the foundations of the Roman walls. It is the commercial centre, whereas the once separate area of Westminster is the political centre. It tends to close down in the evenings and at weekends and these may be the best times to venture out on this walk, unless you prefer the bustle. It has its beginning in Roman times but, these days, is better-known for its modernistic architecture. Let's take a look at both. On the way is the Guildhall art gallery and the Museum of London. Both are free and worth visiting: the former for the ruins in the basement. The walk also ends near the Barbican Centre. If you include these features the walk could occupy you easily for half a day.

As the streets look much the same in ground level photos, I have not recorded every turn as a waymark, relying more on the street names, as befits an urban walk. Also, rather than put detail about the buildings in the walk text, I have placed this, in order, in a separate download. As this is an urban walk you may find it more useful to untick the 'Show 1:25,000 scale maps' option on downloading.

England - South England - London - Town or city

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Ancient Monument, Cafe, Church, Mostly Flat, Museum, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant

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