Cloth Fair
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Neighbourhood: City of London
From its ancient past as a Roman trading outpost to its 21st century status as the wealthiest square mile in the world, the financial district known simply as “The City” is one of London's most historic and fascinating neighbourhoods. Here high rise office towers such as Norman Foster’s Gherkin mingle with Roman ruins and architectural marvels from virtually every era in between, including Christopher Wren's glorious St.Paul's Cathedral, and John Soane's dauntingly classicist Bank of England. This neighbourhood is also home to some of the finest restaurants and plushest hotels in Europe, in addition to an assortment of of watering holes, upscale shops, and Tube stations. During the week, the City is abuzz with white collar workers going about their business; the weekend sees this area turn into a quiet haven for sightseers.
How to get there
  • Barbican • 2 min walk
  • Farringdon • 6 min walk

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therichastill
Stevenage, UK2,921 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Close to St Bartholemew's Church, hospital and Smithfield Market is Cloth Fair.

This street is a lovely little street in the heart of the city of London. If you like old buildings and cobbled streets then you will enjoy checking this out.
Written 31 October 2023
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Nicholas H
London, UK20,431 contributions
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Sept 2019
This street's name reflects the fact that this was where cloth merchants met to trade their goods in mediaeval times. There was still one cloth trading business located here (at no 40) as recently as 1951. The street contains the two oldest continually occupied residential buildings (nos 41 and 42) within the City of London. It also has the house (no 43) where the iconic British poet Sir John Betjeman lived. There is a well known City pub, currently called the Rising Sun at No 38, which has been the site of a pub or ale house for many centuries. The street is bordered at its West Smithfield end by the outer wall and railings of the oldest surviving church in London, St Bartholomew the Great, which dates back to the early 12th century. There were once many more alleyways off the street, but some wonderfully named ones still exist, such as Rising Sun Court. There is so much to see and so much history to explore in this small street in the Clerkenwell district.
Written 16 September 2019
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