Moorgate might seem like just a small area of London on paper, but it holds a lot of history under its belt. With first mentions of the area dating back to the 15th century, the northern gate of London has amassed a wealth of industry, history and culture around it. It’s for this reason that many people choose hotels near Moorgate as their ground base for a first time visit to the city, but whilst it might be a convenient location for exploring further afield, there are plenty of attractions within walking distance for tourists to enjoy.
This blog will outline some of the weird, wonderful and truly unforgettable attractions of the Moorgate area, all within walking distance of accommodation in London City.
St Paul’s Cathedral
St Paul’s Cathedral is one of the most popular attractions in London. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, one of the most influential London architects in history, back in 1697. The cathedral has long since been a staple of the London skyline and is only a 15 minute walk from Moorgate Station. Whilst visiting, you’ll learn about the country-defining events that took place here including royal weddings, state funerals and much more within its English Baroque style dome.
Located close to Liverpool Street Station, Dance’s Obelisk is a memorial to the 18th and 19th century architect who created a range of buildings around London. Situated close to Finsbury Circus, the Obelisk is not only a memorial for the influential architect, but acts as a ventilation tower, hollowed out and dispersing excess gas from an underground storage facility owned by natural gas company transco. This secret function of an otherwise historic memorial is just another example of architectural ingenuity, no doubt inspired by George Dance The Younger himself!
Guildhall Art Gallery
Located in the ceremonial capital of the City Of London, the historic gothic building is home to the collection of decorative and painted artworks that are owned or were gifted to the City of London corporation over hundreds of years. The gallery is public and free to visit, and is one of the central features of the Moorgate area, making it easy to reach for guests of Moorgate Hotel deals.
One of East London’s most prized cultural spaces, the Barbican was constructed in the 1980s in a distinctly brutalist style. The Barbican Centre is home to a cinema, art gallery space and performance venue, making it a multifaceted institution. If you’re a guest of the Montcalm Hotel At The Brewery London City and looking for something a little greener than the concrete constructions, then the Barbican Centre’s luscious conservatory and bar is home to around 1500 species of exotic plants.
Museum of London
For those wanting to learn more about the history of the Moorgate area, then the Museum of London is the prime spot to start. The Museum Of London charts and exhibits artefacts and recreations of London from its primordial swamp beginnings, through its Roman era and into the modern world, charting the ever changing dynamics, riveting stories and unique character of the English capital city.