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  • London - it's easy to recognise

  • but look closely at a map

  • In the very centre there's a one square mile cut out

  • This is The City of London which lives in a city named London

  • The City has its own mayor, laws, and police force. In fact it behaves more like a separate

  • country within the United Kingdom

  • This is because The City's been around for much longer than than the UK

  • It was built by the Romans.

  • And has remained semi-autonomous even since

  • To embody its fiery independence, the city's emblem is a dragonnot a bad choice

  • You'll spot these statues - they guard the boundary of the Square Mile

  • Nowadays The City is arguably the financial capital of the world

  • And London is the world's biggest foreign exchange market

  • But The City has a tiny residential population

  • Every weekday workers flood into the banks, law firms and offices which fill the Square Mile

  • But it's not all work. This is 1pm

  • You might say no surprise here, City work's having a drink, but attitudes are changing

  • The legendary long lunch at the pub is now seen as a bit of a macho relic

  • In 2017 Lloyd's of London, the legendary insurance market, told it's employees the party was over

  • No more drink during office hours

  • But, as you can see, not everyone got the memo

  • Because here's the rub of it, The City had a reputationwhen the after work crowd

  • go home, the place becomes a ghost town

  • But that is changing and leading are some high flying dining spots

  • Sitting on top the Heron Tower is the duck and waffle

  • it offers 24/7 service with a hell of a view

  • This is about as refined as a 24 hour waffle house gets

  • But the most talked about new guest, who's reinventing The City's reputation, is call The Ned

  • Over 500 million pounds has been spent turning this old bank into a private members club

  • and hotel

  • With 8 restaurants in the lobby and a bar that stay open till 4am - The Ned has injected

  • some late night atmosphere into The City

  • This is after all the oldest part of London. And following an injection of fun and flavour

  • it's throwing down a challenge to the rest of the city and shaking

  • off its stuffy reputation

London - it's easy to recognise

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Welcome to The City of London

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    Samuel posted on 2018/05/13
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