For centuries, the City has been a place where people come together to shape new ideas that spread across the world. Its inventive spirit is forever evolving.
The City is the birthplace of London, with 2000 years of history and tradition - from the Romans to modern day. It is the ancient core from which the rest of London developed. Its unique history and significance have developed from it being a centre for settlement, trade, commerce and ceremony. In fact, the City of London has its own government (the oldest in the country with origins pre-dating Parliament), its own Lord Mayor, as well as an independent police force. Today, the City is home to world-class arts and culture, as well as some of London’s most outstanding restaurants, cafes, hotels, pubs, and bars.
Take a look at the timeline near the end of the page to discover some of the key events in the City’s fascinating history.