The London Story – City of London Information Centre
My name’s Andrew Brown I work as a visitor advisor in the
City of London Information Centre. When I first moved to London I got lost
a lot and the more I got lost, the more interesting things I found. In the end I became obsessed with finding out more stuff. I love the fact that that somebody will
come in, and it doesn’t really matter what it is they want to know, you know that in
some way you can help them, and that you can just improve their experience. Sometimes people come back and they say
‘thanks that was really nice’ and that makes you feel great. When you say the City of London, we mean the old city, the city the Romans
built, so it’s only about a a mile in extent and you’ve got all the things you would expect to find in an old city. You have a cathedral, St Pauls. You’ve got the Tower of London, the castle. You’ve got the old town hall. You’ve got a lot of churches. You’ve got the
Guildhall which if you have never been to, you should because it’s amazing. The thing about the Guildhall is that
somehow this idea of this being a place of
public assembly has lasted through centuries and centuries of different types of use, so where there was an amphitheatre, there then became a public meeting space that then became a town hall. You can go in the Clockmakers Museum
which is free and the Guildhall Art Gallery which is also free and you can get to see this extraordinary
amphitheatre as well. We’re at the monument to the Great Fire of London. The Monument was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and Sir Robert Hooke. Christopher Wren was the guy who also did St Pauls and lots of other churches and the Royal Naval College at Greenwich.
You can climb to the top today. It’s 311 steps, it doesn’t take that long, and you get an extraordinary view, a unique
view of London. Every day when I come to work I get to go past St Paul’s Cathedral.
It’s always different and it’s the most extraordinary thing to get to look at that building every
day. I’m very lucky There’s nothing I could say about London that is going to be more impressive than
when you actually get here and get beneath it’s skin. I could say a
hundred different things, I could tell you a million different facts, None of them would be as interesting as
being here, actually walking through it and feeling that history around you.