I just found a lovely free book that serves as a guide for walking around the City of London.
It has four sections covering insurance, banking, markets and shipping …
… and I can recommend this to any overseas visitors to London who are interested in what we do here.
The book is produced by my friends at Z/Yen who say the following to describe it:
In 1997 we first led some overseas visitors on an extended tour of work in the City of London. We were surprised at the paucity of sites for visitors who wanted to understand the contemporary business of the City. It was easy to find out about the Romans, Christopher Wren, or Charles Dickens, but not what the 350,000 people in the Square Mile worked at each day. We were also surprised at the number of corporate visitor centres that had quietly stolen away, Lloyd’s, London Stock Exchange, or LIFFE for example. Yet City businesses complain that today’s children don’t understand what they do, or that adults outside the central business district feel excluded.
Z/Yen began a quest to produce some walking material on what people do now in the City and get it published. The working title was the “Walk of Commerce & Finance”. Along our 17 year path we met numerous fellow travellers and friends, banks, insurers, shippers, official guides, and the City of London Corporation. In 2013, the City of London Corporation published a pdf book as “The City of London – A Walk Through This Hub Of Global Business” and “City Walks – Finance At Your Feet” - and highlighted it among its other walks.
In February 2014, “City Walks: Finance At Your Feet” was published on iBooks (free). To enjoy via iBooks or iTunes just search for “books history europe city of london” and download the free copy.