City of London

The City of London

Architectural Tradition & Innovation in the Square Mile

  1. General Editor Sir Nicholas Kenyon
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  • ISBN 9780500342770
  • 29.00 x 25.00 cm
  • Hardback
  • 352pp
  • 533 Illustrations, 438 in colour
  • First published 2011
‘As comprehensive a photographic record of London’s financial centre as you could wish for’ – Spectator
'The Square Mile has been crying out for its own book for years ... enjoy this lavishly illustrated guide to some of the most diverse and densely packed architecture on earth’ – The Londonist Blog

A major illustrated celebration of the Square Mile, with specially commissioned photographs and images from the London Metropolitan Archives.

An overview of the City’s history and development is followed by chapters devoted to individual districts. Each of these includes its own introduction (with a specially commissioned map) followed by detailed entries on buildings, squares and public gardens.

200 entries, include major landmarks such as St Paul’s Cathedral and 20th-century developments such as the Barbican, and each of the bridges that connects the City with the South Bank. The Tower of London is also included, as its history has been so bound up with that of the Square Mile.



1 The Temple & Fleet Street
    Features: The Newspaper Industry | The Temple

2 St Paul’s
    Features: Religious Orders | The City Churches

3 Smithfield & The Barbican
    Features: Arts and Culture in the City | Roman London

4 Guildhall
    Features: The Government of the City of London | Markets and Commodity Exchanges

5 The Mansion House
    Features: London and the River Thames | The Lord Mayor

6 The Bank of England & The Royal Exchange
    Features: The Architecture of Banks | The City Livery Companies

7 Liverpool Street Station & The ‘Gherkin’
    Features: Planning and Contemporary Architecture | Railways in the City

8 The Tower of London & The Monument
    Features: The London Insurance Market | The Great Fire of London

    Further Reading, Picture Credits, Acknowledgments, Index

Sir Nicholas Kenyon is Managing Director of the Barbican Centre in the City of London and, in that role, an Officer of the City of London. Sir Nicholas was previously Controller of BBC Radio 3 and Director of the BBC Proms.