Boroughs | City of London

City of London



Map Key

  • Investment Opportunities
  • Opportunity Areas
  • Area of Intensification
  • Central activity Zone

Town Centres

  • International or metropolitan
  • Major
  • District
  • Borough Boundary
  • Green Belt
  • Metropolitan open land / Other open spaces
  • Rail station
  • Railway track
  • Foreshore
  • Water

The City of London is the historic core from which the rest of London developed. It is the world’s leading international financial and business centre and a global hub for innovation, providing employment for over 542,000 people. Offices form over 70% of all buildings, but the City also houses arts and cultural facilities of international renown, acts as a centre of higher education and health services, and is a retail and visitor destination with a distinctive environment combining modern architecture with historic landmarks and conservation areas.

Preparing for significant growth, the City’s Local Plan adopted in 2015 and the draft City Plan 2036 require the protection of existing and the provision of additional offices that are adaptable to meet the demands of different types of business occupiers in the new hybrid working world. Office space will be complemented by a mix of other commercial and leisure uses adding vibrancy to the City’s streets.


Population projections 2021 10,165

Population projections 2050 11,994


London plan new homes (ten-year target) 1460

Building council homes for Londoners (four-year programme) 156


Simon McGinn, Head of City Property Advisory Team

020 7332 1226

“The City of London has adapted to major challenges throughout its history, so we are confident the City’s fundamental strengths mean it has a bright future. Our dedication to a green recovery and the recently adopted Climate Action VStrategy, with its vision to be net zero by 2040, have underlined the City of London’s role as a world leader in the fight against climate change. ”

  • Net Zero: support the achievement of net zero carbon emissions for the Square Mile by 2040.
  • Walking: prioritise the needs of people walking, make City streets more accessible and deliver a public realm that inspires and delights.
  • Infrastructure: deliver first-class infrastructure projects including: the creation of the City of London Law courts: an 18 courtroom legal facility, the redevelopment of Smithfield Market and the relocation of the Museum of London.
  • Develop Culture Mile: a new cultural hub for office workers, residents and visitors located between Farringdon and Moorgate.
  • Vehicles: ensure that 90% of all vehicles entering the Square Mile will be zero emission capable by 2030.