About the Area
Gracechurch Street lies at the centre of the district of City - the most important financial district in London. City encompasses the boundaries of what was once historical London. From the 19th century onwards, City has served as one of the world's top global finance centres. While the boundaries of this region remain almost unchanged since the Middle Ages, the buildings in this area are some of the newest in all of London. Today, the area's architecture is dominated by towering skyscrapers, like the unique 30 St Mary Axe building (commonly known as the Gherkin because of its pickle-like shape), which dominate the city's skyline. Gracechurch Street itself is the main street in City, making it one of the most important streets in the global finance sector. This street is also an important historical landmark, as it served as London's main thoroughfare from the Middle Ages through to the 19th century. Mentions of Gracechurch Street can be found in famous works of literature such as Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations" and Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice."
Places Of Interest
Along Gracechurch Street, you will financial sector businesses of all types, as well as a number of shops, restaurants, and small businesses. Nearby Gracechurch Street are important buildings like the Lloyd's of London building on Lime Street, the home of the Lloyd's of London insurance company. Another building of interest in the area is the historical Bank of London Building, which now houses the Bank of London Museum. Another nearby attraction is the Monument, which is the tallest freestanding stone column in the world. Those adventurous enough to climb the 311 spiral steps to the top of this 61.5 metre structure will be rewarded with a remarkable view of London. For any food lovers, the Leadenhall Market on Whittington Avenue (just off of Gracechurch Street) is home to some of the finest food in all of England. Vendors in this restored Victorian covered market sell a variety of items, most notably meat and fish, in a building that was designed in 1881. The market is a great place to stop for lunch, but for those seeking a more formal dining experience, there are also some fine restaurants in the area including Gaucho City (a South American steakhouse) on Bell inn Yard, as well as Loch Fyne (British cuisine) and Bangalore (Indian cuisine), both on Gracechurch Street itself. There is one hotel on Gracechurch Street - Club Quarters - as well a few others nearby such as the Apex London Wall on Copthall Avenue. Most major banks, as well as a number of smaller financial institutions, can be found near Gracechurch Street, especially on the neighbouring Cannon and Lombard Streets.
On the tube, Grachechurch Street is accessible via Bank and Monument stations. Bank is on the Central, Northern, and Waterloo and City lines, while Monument is on the Circle and District Lines. To walk to Gracechurch Street from Bank station, follow Lombard Street as it bears off to the southeast and you will connect directly with Gracechurch Street. From Monument station, simply walk west along Eastcheap Road until you hit the junction of Cannon and Gracechurch. Another popular way to access the area is on District Light Rail (DLR) via the Bank DLR station, which is connected to the Bank tube station. Limited street parking is also available in the area, on Eastcheap Street and Philpot Lane, and the nearest car park is at Thames Exchange on Bell Wharf Lane.