Local Insight & Information
This area of London has always been an important section of The City with Cannon Street having been a busy thoroughfare for business for a very long time. Once laced with factories and industrial facilities due to the introduction of the nearby railway station as well as its close proximity to the River Thames, today the site is still home to many modern buildings with high profile companies and unique offices to let or rent. Linking St. Pauls to Monument there is plenty of History attached to this location and there are some wonderful buildings, monuments, gardens as well as eateries and hotels to discover.
Imaginatively named The Indian Restaurant, this wonderful gem is one of the best places to eat along Cannon Street. What the name lacks in creativity the décor and the recipes certainly make up for. Set in an underground snug, the atmosphere is cosy and relaxed throughout all three dining rooms, each of which have their own individual style equally as impressive as the last.
The menu features classics such as Jalfrezies and Balti Masalas but their signature dish which is a real treat to the taste buds is that of the Thali. Perfect for the indecisive types this dish offers a selection of traditional tastes presented in small bowls upon a platter. The restaurant even has a popular dining room suitable for work events or large meetings over lunch.
Hospitality upon Canon Street is as important to the region as are its offices and businesses and there are some exceptional hotels in the nearby area. SACO The Cannon for example offers a forward thinking and individual place to stay which is perfectly adapted for business needs. The rooms present townhouse style studios which have been thrust in to the modern day with the addition of multi-socket plugs with integrated USB ports, superfast Wi-Fi and smart HD TVs with foreign channels and Apple TV boxes. Taking it one step further this innovative setting also provides an inspired social space, the Canon Lounge, which offers a calming environment to set up your laptop and take out your notebook.
Key Transport Links
As previously alluded to, transport close to Cannon Street was extremely important and greatly helped to develop the position it holds in The City today. In 1866 this location saw the Cannon Street Station open for business for the first time along with its iconic accompanying bridge over the Thames. Today the station is still a very busy and popular site and offers access to the Circle and District lines of the tube as well as Southeastern and bus services.
The business nature of the locality also means there is a great need for fast and reliable transport in the area and many stations can be easily reached from Cannon Street. Mansion House and Bank tubes are a 2-4 minute walk from this area and offer connections to the Central, Northern and Waterloo & City lines as well as the DLR. Bus routes also supply the area extremely well and plentiful cycle docks can be found all along the street.
More on Location
For those who are visiting the area for a longer period of time or if your office is based here, there are plenty of wonderful sights to visit along or around Cannon Street. The National Firefighters Memorial for example is a tall bronze statue of an officer and his two men and was erected to celebrate the bravery and commemorate the deaths of firefighters on duty during the WWII blitz. Queen Elizabeth I unveiled the statue on 4 May 1991. This structure can be found close by to the stunning Festival Gardens which is another destination worth a visit following on from the memorial.
The gardens were developed to save the derelict piece of land where The International Garden Festival once took place in the May to October of 1984 in which 3.8 million people attended. The festival was a specially commissioned complex at the centre of the city’s regeneration efforts following heavy industrial decline in previous years. Festival Gardens are a beautiful expanse of greenery, woodland trails, oriental gardens complete with waterfalls and cherry blossoms as well as a café and playground for the kids. It is the ideal place to relax during a sunny afternoon or to take your lunch and enjoy a breath of fresh air.
Another piece of wonderful architecture that can be seen on Cannon Street is that of the Gothic, Elizabethan church of St Mary Aldermary; thought to be one of the oldest in the city to have been dedicated to the Virgin Mary. With its richly decorated ceiling the church is amongst the largest and the finest in The City and the site in which it sits has been home to a church for over 900 years. A great number of nobles have been buried at this stunning place and a few famous names in history were also married here. The churches records date back to 1558 when Elizabeth I ascended the throne.