Monday, 14 July 2014

Guildhall - Heart of the City

Running parallel to the slightly more famous Cheapside and London Wall is Gresham Street. Along Gresham Street you'll find a lot of offices, a pub and the Guildhall. Central to the governance and administration of the City for centuries it is also home to a fantastic Art Gallery and Roman Amphitheatre. 

Free entry and good disabled access are definite plus points; and climate control for the exhibits mean it is a lovely spot in a hot summer.

Our visit happily coincided with a special exhibition celebrating 120 years since Tower Bridge was completed. Even if you're reading this after 2014 there is still plenty to see; a selection of paintings from various artists and eras (something for every taste) as well as the giant (several square metres worth) painting by Copley 'The Defeat of the Floating Batteries at Gibraltar'. Commissioned by the City it is viewable from most places in the gallery.

Down in the basement is the amphitheatre which was always suspected to be beneath London, and finally discovered building the gallery (rebuilding the original that was destroyed in the Blitz).

You are in the vicinity here to visit several other attractions in the City from the Museum of London to St Paul's or the Barbican.

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