City of London Sightseeing – Unmissable Square Mile Attractions for all interests and tastes


There's nowhere in the UK quite like London for sightseeing. With an array of historical, educational and entertaining attractions to experience throughout the year, your visit to London is sure to be packed full of new experiences.

Finding something that everyone will enjoy is straightforward too, as there are plenty of things to do without having to travel all over the city when you stay at the Montcalm Royal London City Hotel.

Read on to discover some of our Square Mile favourites that are sure to pique the interest of everyone in your group.

The Tate Modern

Thousands of art lovers flock to the world-famous Tate Modern each year to experience the latest exhibitions and artists from around the globe. From paintings, visual arts and sculptures, even those that believe that they don’t like art will often enjoy a visit to this iconic hub as there’s so much to see and do.

With a regular calendar of events, immersive art experiences and even their very own Tate clipper, a riverboat that ferries passengers between the Tate Modern and Tate Britain, this iconic centre for the latest artwork is well worth a visit during your stay at the Montcalm Royal London City Hotel.

The Design Museum

Our hotels near Old Street Station are an ideal base for anyone wanting to visit the Design Museum. From architecture, graphics and fashion to contemporary design and film, there’s an array of engaging exhibits to see with a range of regular talks and workshops to get involved in.

To reach the Design Museum from the Montcalm Royal London City Hotel, take the Circle Line and you will arrive at your destination in just over forty minutes.

The Barbican - Curve Gallery

A building that divides opinion amongst Londoners, the Barbican is an imposing structure used for the arts, music and theatrical entertainment all year round.

The Barbican Curve Gallery has built up an enviable reputation for some of London’s best contemporary art exhibitions, so if you’re staying at one of our hotels near Old Street Station and want to check out the latest displays that the art world has to offer, it’s a great place to start!

The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret

History buffs and those with an interest in the medical profession are able to step back in time during a visit to the Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret to uncover some unique insights into the development of medicine and surgery.

Housed in the rafters of an 18th-century church, this atmospheric attraction holds talks and films at regular intervals that definitely aren't for the squeamish!

To get there, take the Northern Line from nearby Moorgate Station located just a few minutes’ walk from the Montcalm Royal London City Hotel or stretch your legs with a stroll over London Bridge.

HMS Belfast

A floating fortress located directly on the river Thames, HMS Belfast is a wonderfully preserved warship that houses serving Navy officers and crew during times of conflict. Giving visitors a unique insight into the daily lives of those that lived and served upon the vessel, the ship is now open to all who would like to see the cramped crew accommodation, mess hall and marvel at the enormous guns on deck.

Southwark Cathedral

For something a little more soulful and sedate, Southwark Cathedral is a beautiful religious building located on the south bank of the River Thames with a rich history.

Everyone is welcome to attend the various services and acts of worship that are scheduled every week, and it’s a wonderful spot for taking some photos as a reminder of your visit to this beautifully ornate building.

Staying at one of our hotels near Old Street Station makes reaching the cathedral easy as it’s located just over a mile away.

The Old Bailey

The most famous criminal court in the world, The Old Bailey is actually split into two courts: The Central Criminal Court and the Royal Courts of Justice.

History lovers or those with a keen interest in the law can take tours of this historic London landmark and take a few photos of the golden goddess Themis, who stands atop the Old Bailey.

The Clink Prison Museum

Dating back to 1144, the Clink Prison Museum is one of Britain’s oldest and most notorious prisons. Visitors can step into the macabre world of incarceration for days gone by and see various artefacts such as gruesome instruments of torture and hear talents of suffering and torment from previous inhabitants.

Located on the site of the original prison in Southwark, guests staying at the Montcalm Royal London City Hotel can reach the Clink in just seventeen minutes using London’s extensive Tube network.

The Golden Hinde

A full-sized replica of a ship heralded as one of the best examples of shipbuilding during the age of exploration, the Golden Hinde has dropped anchor at Brixham and invites visitors to come aboard to explore its many hands-on exhibits located over five decks.

Sir Francis Drake's Tudor galleon has a distinct family-friendly feel with many new attractions opening for 2019 including a new pirate mascot. It's a wonderful way to spend a few hours as a family during your next visit to our nation's capital city.

The Guildhall

Situated in the heart of London, the Guildhall is steeped in history and houses the largest surviving medieval crypts in London. Home to its own art gallery, the gothic styled building is a masterpiece in itself with its stunning architecture and beautifully maintained rooms and halls that are still used for state functions to this day.

Visitors are welcome to come and experience eight hundred years of history in this important London landmark – it has played a crucial role in London history since the medieval period with various events, trials and ceremonies taking place here.