London’s financial district is built on the site of the original Roman settlement. Most traces of the  early City were obliterated by the Great Fire of 1.666 and World War. Today glossy modern offices stand among a plethora of banks, with marbled halls and stately pillars. It is the contrast between dour, warren like Victorian buildings and shine new ones that gives the City its distinctive character. Though it hums with activity in business hours,few people have lived here since the 19th century, when it was one of London ‘s main residential centers. Today only the churches,many of them by  Christopher Wren, are a reminder of those past times.