City of London (East)
London’s oldest district contrasts new and old to forge a chaotic urban fabric that is the most dynamic, spontaneous and controversial in the capital
The City of London is a thrilling testament to contrast, endurance and change. Medieval churches and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Tower of London dramatically defy soaring skyscrapers and modern glass office blocks, all of which are set against the incredibly well preserved historic grain of ancient, twisting streets and narrow, winding alleyways. Together all these ingredients combine to form a frenzied urban kaleidoscope like no other, a charged and restless cityscape that has been forged by a relentless cycle of destruction and renewal and which today has attracted some of the world’s foremost historic and now contemporary architects. More recent high-rise developments have sparked bitter controversy and the City is now at risk of losing both its unique historic character and the fragile balance between old and new on which its more recent urban identity has been based. But in its wholesale rejection of the preserved ‘Old City’ template popular on the continent, the City provides a proactive and intoxicating challenge to conventional norms about how heritage and modernity can or cannot co-exist.
Bank of England
WALK START LOCATION: Bank tube station (Exit 3) / Map
WALK ENDS: Tower Hill