If you have some free time on the day of your regular meeting at our College Hill office, then why not make a day trip out of your visit to the City? The City is a vibrant and interesting place, full of history to explore, and fantastic restaurants right on our doorstep.
Here is our guide to the (in our opinion) best spots around Capital’s office:
Explore some of the sights within a 15-minute walk of us:
St Paul’s Cathedral (a 7-minute walk)
St Paul’s is one of London’s most recognisable and iconic landmarks and welcomes visitors of all backgrounds and faiths.
The Cathedral opens its doors to sightseers from 8.30am and the last entry is at 4 pm. The entrance fee is £18 for adults (£16 concessions) which includes access to the Whispering Gallery and spectacular views from the Stone and Golden galleries (quite a few steps), the Cathedral floor, and the crypt.
The Cathedral has a scenic churchyard garden which is enjoyed by many locals and tourists in the summer months as a relaxing area to eat lunch. So why not have a picnic in the gardens and soak up the sunshine whilst admiring the beautiful Cathedral?
Guildhall (6-minute walk and a personal favourite of Sarah, Associate)
With over six centuries of history, the glamorous halls of the gothic Guildhall have hosted many extravagant banquets, royal occasions and receptions.
Guildhall Art Gallery was added in the 1990s. It contains work dating from 1670 to the present day: 17th-century portraits, Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces and a fascinating range of paintings documenting London’s dramatic history. You can also visit the ruins of an ancient Roman amphitheatre, which was discovered by archaeologists in 1985 and is now part of the gallery.
The gallery is free to explore but some special exhibitions may charge to enter. These can be toured for free every Tuesday and Friday at set times. Click here for more information on the tours.
Monument (6-minute walk)
Do you have your walking shoes on?
The Monument was built to be a permanent reminder of the Great Fire of 1666, one of the most significant events in London’s history. You can climb up the 311 steps for a truly breath-taking view of the City. At 61 metres high this is the exact distance if laid on its side, to the site in Pudding Lane where the fire started. This attraction is open to the public from 9.30am to 6 pm (summer timings and last admission is 5.30pm) and costs £4.50 for an adult ticket (concessions £3).
Leadenhall Market (11-minute walk)
Stroll around the stunning architecture whilst browsing the designer shops and restaurants.
Leadenhall Market dates to the 14th century and is situated in what was the centre of Roman London. Originally a meat, poultry and game market, it is now home to several boutique retailers, restaurants, cafes, wine bars and an award-winning pub. Richard Whittington acquired the site in 1411.
Tate Modern (15-minute walk and a personal favourite of Bradley, Client Services Assistant)
Be inspired by the creative geniuses displayed in Tate Modern.
Tate Modern is located on Bankside next to the Thames and is home to international, modern and contemporary art. Tate Modern often has events, and information on all their exhibition can be found on their website. Admission to Tate Modern is free, except for special exhibitions.
London Mithraeum (3-minute walk)
Take a step back in time and explore the Roman artefacts of the ancient Temple of Mithras dating to the 3rd century AD, adjacent to the river Walbrook.
This cultural space showcases an immersive experience of the ancient temple, a collection of Roman artefacts found during the recent excavation, and a series of contemporary art commissions corresponding to one of the UK’s most significant archaeological sites. London Mithraeum is in Bloomberg’s European headquarters just across the road from our office.
It is free to enter but you can book online to avoid disappointment (Tuesday to Saturday 10 am to 6 pm).
Shakespeare’s Globe (9-minute walk)
Experience a Shakespeare play at the Globe.
Shakespeare’s Globe is the reconstruction of the Globe Theatre, an Elizabethan playhouse associated with William Shakespeare dating to 1599, on the south bank of the Thames. Tickets to performances range from £5 for standing admission to around £50 for a good seat and a champagne and canape reception.
The Sky Garden (9-minute walk and a personal favourite of James Greenly, Financial Planner)
The Sky Garden is a unique and vibrant three-storey public space designed to give visitors a 360-degree uninterrupted view across the City. After admiring the view visitors can wander through the beautifully designed landscaped gardens. Entry to the Sky Garden is free, but please note space is strictly limited and visits must be booked online in advance to avoid disappointment but walk-ins are welcome during 10am-11.30am and 2pm-16.30pm on weekdays.
The Sky Garden has bars and restaurants inside offering exquisite food and drinks to complete your experience.
City and Wren Churches (several nearby and personal favourites of Don, Director)
Discover and explore the many Wren churches within City. The City Information Centre near Bank station offers a walking tour of the Wren Churches every Wednesday at 11 am which lasts almost two hours and costs around £7. Or if you fancy exploring these by yourself at your leisure then why not download this map and discover the Wren churches for yourself.
Royal Exchange (8-minute walk and a personal favourite of Elliot Smith, Associate)
The Royal Exchange is in one of the City’s most magnificent landmarks and was once the City’s prime trading floor. This sophisticated venue is full of atmosphere and character. Royal Exchange is home to the Grand Café, The Gallery, Sauterelle, and the Threadneedle Bar. So, if it’s drinks in a sophisticated bar, a relaxed bite to eat, or a more leisurely meal, then the Royal Exchange has what you are looking for.
Here are some of our favourite places to eat and drink near us that we think you’ll love:
Looking for breath-taking views of the city? Try these:
Coq d’Argent (4-minute walk and a personal favourite of Charles, Director)
This elegant rooftop bar and restaurant overlooks panoramic views of the City. The restaurant serves classic French food, wine and cocktails and is open from 11.30am-3pm for lunch and 5.30pm-11pm for dinner and the bar is open from 11.30am-midnight.
Madison (5-minute walk and a personal favourite of Chelsey, Marketing Executive)
Madison is a stylish and modern rooftop bar and restaurant, a stone’s throw from St Paul’s Cathedral. Enjoy the views of the City skyline, while sipping an espresso martini all year round on their heated roof terrace with umbrellas.
Madison is open from midday until late and serves superb grills from the wood-fired Josper oven, delicious salads, burgers and a comforting selection of slow cooked classics.
Want to eat like the locals? Try these:
Borough Market (14-minute walk and a personal favourite of Alan, CEO)
Indulge in the delicious international culinary creations Borough Market has to offer.
Borough Market’s gourmet food market consists of more than 100 stalls and stands. Producers from all over the country bring a range of fresh produce to the market, including fish, meats, vegetables, ciders, cheeses, bread, coffees, cakes and patisseries. Other stalls specialise in produce imported from abroad.
Flat Iron square (12-minute walk and a personal favourite of Ashley, Client Administrator)
Flat Iron Square is a new foodie hub in Bankside, taking over seven railway arches, Grade II listed building Devonshire House and the surrounding area. A tantalising line-up of bars, food vendors, restaurants, street food trucks, outdoor space and a live music venue come together to create a casual and vibrant environment.
Fancy a sophisticated sit-down meal or drinks?
Bread-street kitchen (4-minute walk and a personal favourite of Graham, Director)
This restaurant is owned by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey. The open-plan kitchen serves something for everyone with a globally-inspired menu of stoned-baked dishes, charcoal grills and an ever-changing range of salads, mains, starters and desserts.
Bow Wine Vaults bar (4-minutes’ walk)
Situated by the church on Bow Lane, the Bow Lane Vaults bar is a popular place to visit.
Hawksmoor (7-minute walk and a personal favourite of Emily, Client Services Manager)
Hawksmoor is an award-winning British steakhouse and cocktail bar, serving British grass-fed, dry-aged beef and sustainably sourced seafood from Brixham. With only eight of these delights in the country, it’s worth visiting after your Capital meeting to sample one of their mouth-watering steaks.