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CorporationLeisure & heritage
Leisure & heritage

The City is not just about business and finance. Within the Square Mile are galleries, theatres, museums and concert halls to cater for all tastes. There is a wide range of sporting activity, a public leisure centre and the world-famous Barbican Centre. As well as being the third largest sponsor of the arts in the UK, the Corporation owns and cares for a number of historic buildings and monuments.

The City has a long and fascinating history - the Corporation itself is over 800 years old and, while fulfilling its role as a modern local authority, it respects and preserves its rich historical legacy. The ancient civic offices of the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs are still an integral part of the modern Corporation, and traditions such as the Lord Mayor's Show and the Freedom of the City bring London's history to life.

The Corporation provides an
information centre for visitors, located at St Paul's Churchyard. Tel 020 7332 1456.

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Filming in the City The Square Mile is home to some of London's most famous and most filmed landmarks, and last year over 650 films, commercials, television dramas, documentaries and music videos were shot on location here.

Click here for details of our service to the film industry
- Locations, guidelines and online applications.

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