Cannon Street is in the City of London. The surrounding area is a mixture of historic buildings and churches, interspersed with glassy modern office blocks dedicated to business and finance. During the week, this is a busy area full people in suits going in and out of the offices, restaurants and bars. At the weekend, it goes very quiet and many facilities are closed. However, without the rushing crowds, it is a peaceful and pleasant time to explore these streets.
Hotels near Cannon Street Station are of a high quality. There are many 4 and 5 star properties, and there are several blocks of luxury serviced apartments. This is one of the most expensive parts of London so the hotels don’t come cheap, but you can use the search box on the right to find the best available prices. Cannon Street hotels are suitable for travellers who want something a bit special right in the heart of the City. For example, The Threadneedles Hotel (*****), which is a converted Victorian banking hall with beautiful period features including an ornate stained glass dome over the lobby and lounge.
Cannon Street is a National Rail and London Underground station in the City of London. It’s on the District and Circle lines, in Travelcard Zone 1. There’s been a station here since 1866. The original building and its adjacent hotel were fabulous works of Victorian architecture, which sadly suffered extensive bomb damage in World War II. The station was demolished and a replacement built in the 1960’s. The only parts of the original structure that remain are the two red brick towers facing the Thames.
The underground station is closed on Sundays. It is within 500 metres of Mansion House and Bank stations. It takes just 2 minutes to walk from Cannon Street to Mansion House, and 3 minutes to Monument (which is an interchange with Bank).
This historic part of London is full of interesting sights. It has been the centre of trade, business and finance for hundreds of years. Vintners Hall is the home of one of the Livery Companies of the City of London, ancient organisations that regulated trade in the city. The Vintners’ Company oversaw the import and sale of wine, dating back to mediaeval times. Tours of their beautiful 17th century hall are possible by special arrangement.
Try to spot the London Stone, which is hidden away in a wall on Cannon Street, behind an iron grill. It’s said to be the point from which the Romans measured all distances in Brittania. It’s the symbolic heart of the City of London, where oaths would be sworn and official declarations made.
Another attraction in the area is the Bank of England, which has a museum explaining its own history and its role in banking today. The Museum has some interesting displays, including reconstructions of historic banking halls, a huge iron chest used in the old days for storing money, and a bar of gold inside a case that you can handle.
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