City of London: A Short Guide
The City of London, also known as the ‘Square Mile’, is where the financial district is located, covering just 1.12 square miles. This area was once occupied by the original old walled city built by the Romans back in the 1st century AD. At that time, it constituted almost all of London, however, the city as a whole has now developed far beyond that to cover 700 square miles. Situated on the north bank of the River Thames, the boundaries of the Square Mile stretch from Temple to the Tower of London, including west to east Chancery Lane and Liverpool Street.
The Square Mile has a population of just 8,000 residents, however, the bustling area welcomes 513,000 daily commuters and ten million annual visitors. It’s also densely populated with businesses in sectors such as accounting and insurance, and is home to more than 500 financial institutions, outdoing other major cities like Tokyo and New York. The City of London differs from other boroughs as it has a ceremonial county with its own government, local mayor and independent police force.
A vibrant and thriving area, blending old and new architecture, you’ll find the Bank of England, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Barbican Centre, and the Museum of London here. Featuring one of the city’s well-known skyscrapers, the Gherkin, the City of London is also home to many green spaces and offers plenty of eateries, such as Sushi Samba and the Sky Garden, with the latter boasting impressive city views.
The businesses and buildings in this area naturally generate huge amounts of rubbish every year. Fortunately, Bywaters can effectively and properly dispose of such items, and can cater to buildings of all sizes. As such, it doesn’t matter if you’re a small independent coffee shop or a large office block, we can help your business recycle correctly.
Although the City of London is mostly populated by businesses, there are several hot spots frequented by tourists which also contribute to how much waste is generated within the Square Mile. This includes Leadenhall Market, the theatre complex within the Barbican Centre, many historic pubs, and the Urban Food festival. As such, we have dedicated services for the events and hospitality sector, ensuring its unique challenges are overcome.