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Date created: 7/27/2020

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to the Square Mile.

Please see the frequently asked questions (FAQs) below regarding visiting the City for leisure purposes. The information below is correct at time of publishing, and will be updated regularly.

If you have any questions that are not answered here, our would like further information, contact the Visitor Services team.

You can now visit a whole host of attractions in and around the City. View the latest list of open attractions. For advice on what's open and how to get around, pop in to the City Information Centre near St Paul's Cathedral.

In line with Government guidance, you should continue to avoid using public transport and should cycle, walk or drive wherever possible.

Cycling: You can bring your own bike or hire a Santander bike (see below) to reach the City. A digital cycling map of London is available from TfL.

You can use the Santander Bikes Finder to find out where bikes are available and can be docked. We advise that you carry your own hand sanitiser to use before and after using the bikes.

Cycle parking is available at the many on-street cycle parking racks throughout the City. The City of London Corporation provides free cycle parking in its off-street public car parks. More cycle parking spaces are available in NCP car parks.  

Explore our interactive map to find cycle parking.

If you’re able to walk, this can be an easy way to get around for free, and you can take in the world-famous sights of the City! There are several routes that you can use to reach the City from surrounding areas, with the help of Google Maps. Before you set out, take a look at TfL’s map for common tube journeys that can be easily be done on foot. We also recommend that you download the new TfL Go app (currently available for iOS devices only).

The City is an ideal place to walk around. Spend some time wandering the ancient alleyways and walking through charming green spaces. For something new, try TfL’s Jubilee walkway.

You should continue to avoid using public transport and should cycle, walk or drive wherever possible. If you need to use public transport, you should follow the safer travel guidance for passengers.

The City is well connected, with several train, bus, underground and DLR stations. Most services are operating, but we recommend that you check your route using TfL’s journey planner, the TfL Go app or your train operator’s website before travelling. If you are taking public transport, we strongly advise travelling during off-peak times (avoiding the peak times of 6.30-9.30am and 4-7pm) and weekends. We advise walking or cycling to the City if you can.

Boat: The latest routes and timetables for Thames Clippers and routes and timetables for City Cruises can be viewed online.

The City of London Corporation’s transport recovery plan is designed to ensure the safety of residents, workers and visitors as people return to the Square Mile. The scheme is focused on providing the space needed to maintain social distancing on our streets and to enable safe walking, cycling and the managed use of public transport. Learn more about the recovery plan.

There are many gardens and hidden green spaces in the City. The gardens managed by the City of London Corporation (City gardens) are all open, while Church gardens are starting to reopen. View advice for visiting parks and gardens

The City also has some large pedestrianised squares, including Algate Square, Paternoster Square and Guildhall Yard. 

There are several quiet spots within the Square Mile, where you can take in some of the City’s unique heritage, often alongside some nature. Try one of the City gardens, or one of the pedestrianised squares mentioned above.

The City’s restaurants and cafes are re-opening. It is likely that you will need to book in advance (online or by phone), so make sure you plan this in advance, even if it is on the day.

There are several dining options in the following hubs: One New Change on Cheapside, Bloomberg Arcade, as well as some fine dining options at Royal Exchange. If you are in the Aldgate area, there are several dining options around Middlesex Street.

 

There are several supermarkets open in the City. You can check the individual locations here: Sainsbury’s Store LocatorTesco Store LocatorM&S Store Locator, Waitrose Store LocatorCoop Store Locator.

We recommend carrying enough water for your visit as the City of London’s drinking fountains are currently closed, and many refill spots may be closed or unable to refill due to safety guidance at this time.

Yes, there are public toilets available in the City. View this interactive map to find a toilet near you.

Attended toilets are available at Paternoster Square near St Paul's Chapter House, and at Tower Hill opposite Tower of London. They are open Monday-Friday 8am-8pm, and weekends 9am-7pm. There is a 50p charge.

There are automated toilets at Tower Place, Watermark Place, Monument Pavilion and Long Lane. These toilets are available 24 hours a day, and cost 20p - 50p. They are not attended.

There are also toilets available at One New Change on Cheapside (lower ground floor).

Night-time urinals (Urilifts) are available at Bishopsgate, Charterhouse Street, Cornhill and Watling Street.