Theatres in the City of London

Barbican Centre for Arts and Conferences

Built on area that was severely damaged during World War II. Includes library, art gallery, three cinemas, concert hall and two theatres. Website

Bridewell Theatre & Bar

The Bridewell Theatre runs a regular schedule of lunchtime and evening performances from magic shows to pantomime, musicals, ballet and plays. The theatre bar (located next door), hosts a number of varies music events throughout the year, as well as an exhibition gallery for local artists and photographers. Website

Mermaid Theatre

Modern theatre forming part of new office block. The original theatre begun in 1959 and was housed in disused Victorian warehouse.

Shopping in the City of London


Designed by Sir Horace Jones to house London's fish market, opened in 1877. It has mansard roofs and pavilions at either end surmounted by dolphins on weather vanes.


The street was largely destroyed during World War 11, however, three shops from 1687 still stand. No. 73, is attributed to Wren. The Saddlers' and Mercers' halls have been restored.

Leadenhall Market

Buildings dating from 1881 stand on site of this 14th century market. Website

Leather Lane

Street of pubs, off-licences and cafes, also the site of a general market.

Middlesex Street

Best known as 'Petticoat Lane' street market. Original market has spread into Club Row (specialising in birds and fish), and Brick Lane, noted for furniture and electrical equipment.

Smithfield Market

London's premier wholesale meat market housed in a glass, iron framed building with domed towers, dating from 1868. Website

Old pubs and Inns in the City of London

Black Friar

Only Art Nouveau pub in London, built in 1875 and remodeled in 1905 by H. Fuller Clark. Mosaics and carved figures by Henry Poole cover the outside. The interior is decorated in multicoloured marble with bronze figures of monks at work.

Cheshire Cheese

Ancient, oak-beamed pub. Watering hall of many celebrated writers who came there such as Mark Twain, Dickens and Yeats.


This old London inn was once famous for cockfighting in the 16th century. Interior has been decorated to recreate a traditional cockpit and the original spectators' gallery has been restored.

George and Vulture

Restored 18th-century pub used by Charles Dickens as a setting in his Pickwick Papers.

Jamaica Wine House

Wine house on site of Jamaica Coffee House, centre of Jamaican trade from 1670s. Established as wine house in 1869. Early coffee percolator can still be seen.

Old Doctor Butler's Head

Inn founded in 17th century and rebuilt after the Great Fire and again after World War II. Founded by a court physician to James I.

Old Mitre

An old tavern built by Bishop of Goodrich in 1546, for use by servants. An inscription on the side of the inn records this fact. Small rooms with original dark wall panelling preserved. It is said that Elizabeth I once drank here.

Olde Wine Shades

Claimed to be London's oldest wine house, dating from 1663. Its early Victorian frontage has been well preserved. Interior noted for its low ceilings.

Staple Inn

One of the City's few surviving Tudor buildings, a row of half-timbered houses, built in 1586-96. Arched entrance leads to an inn, which surrounds central courtyard. The hall has an original hammerbeam roof. The nearby Great Hall of Barnard's Inn has panelling and heraldic stained glass.

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