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Area guide: EC2 - City of Gold
by Sharn Gill

EC2 crams in finance, culture, open spaces, designer shops, good food and a wealth of bars and clubs into a small space. Stretching from Liverpool Street to Old Street (Shoreditch) and Moorgate, EC2 also encompasses the fringes of Bank and the Barbican.

Being a stones throw away from Shoreditch makes this a popular and expensive place to reside with studio and one-bedroom flats fetching around a minimum of 200,000 alone. And as a place crammed with bars, this area tends to attract the younger market - usually the financial professionals or media types. With the Bank of England in the area, it's no wonder the streets are paved with gold!

EC2 is home to many of the city's most beautiful gardens and parks, where workers, residents and visitors can unwind during lunch or after work.

The biggest and most unusual park is Finsbury Circus Gardens. As one of the areas largest elliptical city garden with an area of 2,220 square metres, it was originally an open recreational ground and almost destroyed by the Metropolitan Railway Company. Fortunately, it was saved and turned into a bowling green and now houses the City of London Bowling Club. Finsbury Circus is also known for its collection of fine plane trees (some over 200 years old) and the rare Pagoda tree.

Or, if you wish, you could amble through Beech Gardens. This is a hanging garden comprising numerous flowerbeds, fountains and quiet places to sit to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Finally, you have Cutler's Gardens filled with courtyards, gardens, fountains and plenty of open space or Hallows-on-the-wall and London Wall.

 

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