The City of London provides local government services for the financial and commercial heart of Britain, the City of London. It is committed to maintaining and enhancing the status of the business City as the world's leading international financial and business centre through the policies it pursues and the high standard of services it provides.
Its responsibilities extend far beyond the City boundaries in that it also provides a host of additional facilities for the benefit of the nation. These range from open spaces such as Epping Forest and Hampstead Heath to the famous Barbican Arts Centre.
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 480,000 people who mostly arrive by public transport. Offices form over 70 per cent 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 2015 requires the protection of existing, and provision of additional, offices that are adaptable to meet the demands of different types of business occupiers. Office space is complemented by other commercial and leisure uses adding vibrancy to the City’s streets.