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Date updated: 17/05/2022

The City has an abundance of open public and green spaces, offering an opportunity to soak up the art, history, architecture and nature of the Square Mile.

City Gardens

Discover one of the many parks, gardens and churchyards to visit in the City of London. Including St Dunstan in the East Church Garden, a truly unique space set within the ruins of a Wren church. Finsbury Circus Gardens, the largest public garden in the City of London, or Beech Gardens, hidden within the Barbican estate. Find out more about the City of London gardens to prepare your visit.

The Commuter Club

Brighten your day with The Commuter Club, an exclusive selection of podcasts, playlists and stories, curated especially for Londoners. Each week, the commuter club will focus on a different corner of London through music, interviews and features. Check The Commuter Club website for more information.

City walks and trails

From Roman remains to cutting-edge modern architecture there’s always something incredible to be discovered. Join a guided walk led by experts, pick up a free self-guided tour map from the City Information Centre or download our City Visitor Trail and Exploremore apps, and discover the City at your own pace. Take a look at our City walks and trails for more information.

City Guides tours

The City of London Guides are experts on the City. They run a regular programme of themed guided walks throughout the year covering the Square Mile's 2,000 year history. Some highlights are Discover Roman London, Charles Dickens' London and Walk the River. Head to the guided walks section of our website for details.

Illuminated River

Illuminated River is a long-term art installation transforming the capital at night with an orchestrated series of light works that span along the Thames. Its subtly moving sequences of LED light symbolically unify central London’s bridges, drawing inspiration from the spirit and history of the river and from the architectural and engineering heritage of its bridges.

You can enjoy the illuminations by following the Thames Path, or by joining a City of London guide on an Illuminated River Official Boat Tour run by Uber Boat by Thames Clippers.  

At 3.2 miles in length, Illuminated River spans from London Bridge to Lambeth Bridge, making it the longest public art project commission in the world. Visit the Illuminated river website for more information. 

Sculpture in the City

See contemporary sculptures, hidden amongst the high-rise buildings to the east of the City by some of the world's most high-profile artists. Find out more about the 10th edition of Sculpture in the City.

Talking statues

City of London statues have been brought to life. Voice-overs are provided by some of the nation's most cherished speakers, to animate much-loved street art. Take a look at our talking statues trail.


There’s plenty going on in the City to inspire and entertain. Check our What's On section to find out about what's happening in the City this month.