About the Area
Cannon Street is a noteworthy road that's found in the south of London. Running about parallel with the River Thames approximately 250 meters to the north of it, the road is actually the site of the ancient London Stone, which is a landmark and an uneven block of Oolitic limestone that measures 21 by 17 by 12 inches. It's also the site of the Cannon Street railway station, which is both a London Underground station and a central London railway terminal. This station is constructed right on top of a medieval steelyard.
About the Area
The exact beginning point of this street can be ascribed to St. Paul's Cathedral; from there, it moves to the east until it meets up with Queen Victoria Street right by the Mansion House tube station. As the road winds this way, it passes the railway station named after it until it at last links up with King William Street and then also with Gracechurch Street, right by the Monument tube station. By the late part of the 19th century, this road was occupied by wholesale warehouses that specialized in stocking cotton goods as well as additional fabrics. As of 2012, the entire street has 8 pubs, which is quite many, concentration-wise.
Places of Interest
You can still see the London Stone there today, albeit in a case, just off to the side of the street. The London Stone is a landmark that you can find at 111 Cannon Street; while no one really knows anymore just what the initial purpose and use of this Stone was, it's thought to be Roman in origin. If more macabre pursuits interest you, then you may be curious to find out that this street is also the road where English musician and singer-songwriter Marc Almond almost died in a 2004 motorcycle crash. At the intersection of this road and Queen Street, you can check out the Central Plaza area.
This particular road is served by a fair number of transport links due to its choice location in the city of London. You can catch the Circle and District lines that are a part of the London Underground, which is the metro service that runs through a great part of the city. The National Rail mainline service also services this road. The Mansion House tube station, which is also on the Circle and District lines, sits on this road, too. Finally, the London buses going routes 15, 17 and 521 all serve this street.
Cannon Street is a pretty short street, only running some 0.8 kilometres. However, in this short span of road, it provides visitors with quite a fair amount of things to see. This can be attributed to the fact that it sits in the heart of the city of London. King William Street marks its East end while its West end is marked by St. Paul's Churchyard. Former names for this road include Cannin Street, Cannik Street, Canwick Street, Candlewick Street and Candelwrichstrete Street.