Anyone who has wandered through the City at the weekend can tell you that the Square Mile takes on the atmosphere of a ghost town outside of trading hours. Today, however, plans are being revealed to restore Cheapside to its former glory and allow it to take pride in its title of London's first high street. The question is how much it will look like every other London high street upon completion.
A £4 million make-over will see the pavements extended, trees planted, and an emphasis on 'pedestrian shopping' in a bid to attract people to the City even if they don't work there. There are also plans for Cheapside to host more events like the Cheapside Market on Saturday.
Full plans are on view now at 80 Basinghall Street behind Guildhall. No surprise, Cheapside's overhaul is planned to be finished by 2012.
Image courtesy of Homemade via the Londonist Flickrpool.