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Plan a great day of shopping and sightseeing in the City of London

The City is full of unique shops for high-street favourites and luxury items and souvenirs – so hit the streets and shop til you drop, with plenty of iconic sights along the way to get sidetracked with.

Here’s our suggestion for a great day shopping with plenty of stops for photos, all in one Square Mile.


  • Start at the London Silver Vaults, home to the world’s largest retail collection of fine antique silver (open Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm; Sat 9am-1pm) or the famous Hatton Garden, the epicentre of London’s jewellery trade since medieval times.
  • Walk to St Paul’s Cathedral, the most recognisable building in London’s skyline. Wander through the gardens for great spots to take photos, or step inside and you can enjoy the cathedral's awe-inspiring interior, and uncover fascinating stories about its history (open Mon-Sat 8.30am-4pm).

Top tip: There are souvenir shops on Ludgate Hill (see on a map) on your way to the Cathedral.


  • Head to One New Change for a spot of shopping and lunch. There are plenty of eateries to choose from and food markets every Saturday and on the first Wednesday of the month. Take the lift to the sixth floor roof terrace for free stunning views of St Paul’s. 


  • Walk along Cheapside to The Royal Exchange for luxury shopping in the building’s boutique stores.
  • Walk along King William Street, passing the Monument to the Great Fire of London on your left, to London Bridge. Here you can join many others taking pictures of Tower Bridge, the most photographed landmark in London.
  • Finish your day with a walk through the City’s financial centre around Bishopsgate and St Mary Axe. Look up at modern buildings like the 30 St Mary Axe (aka the Gherkin), the Heron Tower and Tower 42; then perhaps look down in a skyline bar.

Top tips and other ideas of things to see and do:

- Get unique London souvenirs from attraction gift shops such as Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, Museum of London and the City Information Centre
- Goldsmiths Fair is an annual two week shopping event at Goldsmiths’ Hall in September showcasing pieces for sale by up and coming British designers
Open-City run photography tours in the City
- Get great views of St Paul’s from the sixth floor roof terrace at One New Change, which is free to access
- Look out for Sculpture in the City, a collection of public art by artists including Anthony Gromley and Jake & Dinos Chapman – all based around the City’s financial centre.

Need ideas? Visit the City Information Centre for help planning your perfect day in the City of London and beyond.

13 November 2013
Last Modified:
07 November 2019