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The City of London has been the financial and trade centre of the Greater London, and of England, since the start of civilisation in Europe. Geographically, it covers only an area of one square mile and the boundaries has remained almost the same since the Middle Ages. It is often referred to as just the City or the Square Mile. Settled before Roman times - and by every ruling and occupying dynasty since - there's enough to see in just the Square Mile itself to keep you going for days.
It's not just history - the City of London includes some modern attractions, including spectacular modern architecture and some of the world's top restaurants and bars.
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Major stations around the cities of London and Westminster are:
There are a large number of tube stations situated within the City of London - see 'Getting Around' for details.
Apart from the heavy traffic and lack of suitable parking, the entire area is within the Congestion Charge zone - you'll be charged at least £8.00 simply for driving through it. Finding a public transport alternative is generally a better idea.
Buses are cheap (90p per journey with an Oyster card) and frequent, serving destinations all across London. The easiest way to figure out the bus routes is to use the TFL website.
It is possible to travel to the public piers in the City of London by Thames ferry, and this is an interesting way to get a different view of the city. It is possible to travel all the way from Hampton Court in the west of London, or from Woolwich in the east, and from any pier in between. Full details on the TFL website.
As mentioned above, because of the heavy traffic and lack of suitable parking, the entire area is within the Congestion Charge zone - you'll be charged at least £8.00 simply for driving through it. Finding a public transport alternative is generally a better idea.
Public transport is by far the best way to travel the City of London. No major attraction is more than a short walk from one of the many Tube stations. Buses and boats are also available. See the TFL website for details.
Exploring the City on foot can be interesting, and though the City of London itself is not that huge, the layout can be rather disorientating. Make sure you take a good map - every Londoner has a copy of the A-Z Guide, and it would also be a good investment for any tourist.
See also International Telephone Calls
The Royal Mail provides postal services in the United Kingdom. The Royal Mail's store fronts are called Post Office and offer services ranging from sending letters and packages to foreign currency exchange. Use the branch locator to find the nearest Post Office branch. An alternative includes TNT Post.
It's common for a post office to be incorporated into a grocery store, where there will be a small counter located at the back of the store for dealing with post related matters. All post offices are marked with signs that say 'post office' in red lettering. Post boxes can be found at any post office and standalone large red post boxes on the streets or red boxes in the sides of public buildings.
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I spent 3 years in London.
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I'm an Italian living in London since October 2007.
If you want some tips about non-touristic places in London, just let me know!
Ciao, sono un ragazzo italiano che vive e lavora (dopo averci studiato) a Londra da 4 anni. Se volete qualche consiglio su posti alternativi a Londra, contattatemi!
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