top of page




The City of London Corporation has a vital role to play in how we navigate our way forward, ensuring that our position of pre-eminence is not only maintained but enhanced in an increasingly competitive and challenging time. We want to meet this challenge head on, open and engaged to ensure that the City of London is increasingly an attractive place to work and transact business but also a city that is part of the solution when it comes to addressing the economic, social and environmental challenges that we face as a City, a Nation and as an ever increasingly interconnected global community.



The City of London, also known as the Square Mile, is the financial district of London.

It is the ancient core from which the rest of London developed. It has been a centre for settlement, trade, commerce and ceremony since the Roman period, producing a unique historic environment of exceptional richness and significance.

One of the reasons the Square Mile is unique, is the number of people who live, work and visit. In just 1.12 square miles, the City of London counts around 8,000 residents, 513,000 daily commuters and 10m annual visitors. The City of London boundaries stretch from Temple to the Tower of London, on the River Thames including, from west to east Chancery Lane and Liverpool Street.

The City of London Corporation

Based in Guildhall, the City Corporation looks after and promotes the City of London. It is headed by the Lord Mayor with the Court of Common Council being its main decision-making body. We are a uniquely diverse organisation, with a role that goes beyond that of an ordinary local authority. We have our own government (the oldest in the country with origins pre-dating Parliament), our own Lord Mayor and independent police force.

As the governing body of the Square Mile, we are dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK.

We aim to:

  • Contribute to a flourishing society

  • Support a thriving economy

  • Shape outstanding environments

By strengthening the connections, capacity and character of the City, London and the UK for the benefit of people who live, work and visit here. Our reach extends far beyond the Square Mile’s boundaries and across private, public and voluntary sector responsibilities. This, along with our independent and non-party political voice and convening power, enables us to promote the interests of people and organisations across London and the UK and play a valued role on the world stage. Find out more about our vision in our Corporate Plan.


What we are responsible for

We provide local government services for residents and City workers based in the Square Mile, but not those of other boroughs. If you are unsure which borough you need to contact, find your local council (external link) will help you find the website for your local authority.

However, our unique role means that our reach does extend beyond the City to include:


Our success, as your Candlewick Ward Team, is to add value to the quality of your business and your working life or your home if a resident in our Ward.


Without the business, retail, food, entertainment and personal services provided by the many smaller businesses we have in our ward, the City would be a far less pleasant and convenient place to work.


We believe that democracy is strongest when it draws out the views and opinions of the electorate and this is something that is central to our engagement with the Ward.

bottom of page