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Date updated: 5/10/2022

The Square Mile is one of the great historic and cultural hubs of London, much visited from all around the world, with a wealth of things to see and do and a vibrant mix of activity.

As the historic heart of London, since Roman times, there are echoes of the past all around and the heritage can be experienced in streets, buildings, churches, museums and galleries. The roots of London's past can also be seen in the Roman Amphitheatre beneath Guildhall, which has been the centre of City administration for centuries.

The City of London Corporation is a major funder of culture and heritage, and supports a range of arts institutions, including:

It helps bring the streets to life every year through a vibrant programme of outdoor events, including Sculpture in the City. Its stewardship of London's history is seen in the Museum of London and London Metropolitan Archives, and it is also the custodian of The Monument, Keats House, and Tower Bridge

Find reports, strategies and statistics about tourism and culture in the City of London in the Related links.

COVID-19 Recovery Strategy - The Square Mile: Future City

'The Square Mile: Future City' outlines plans to create the world’s most inclusive, innovative and sustainable business ecosystem: an attractive place to invest, work, live and visit.

Economic and social trends are changing demands on urban centres. The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated these trends. This City of London Corporation’s five-year action plan will ensure the Square Mile offers:

  • a world class business ecosystem of thriving businesses, benefitting from unmatched innovation and growth opportunities.
  • a vibrant offer with exceptional retail, hospitality, culture, tourism and recreation opportunities.
  • outstanding environments including collaborative, flexible workspaces; safe, attractive public realm, and resilient, sustainable infrastructure.

These actions, taken with our partners, will contribute to a vibrant and thriving City, a diverse and sustainable London, and a globally-successful UK.

The City of London’s Recovery Taskforce, with Oliver Wyman, consulted more than 4,500 members of the public, and 250 senior leaders to develop these recommendations.

Read the Recovery Taskforce report