At the heart of London are two cities: the City of London and the City of Westminster. The City of London is the ancient part of London that was once known as the Roman city of Londinium. It comprises an area of one square mile and is located north of South Bank and London Bridge. The boundaries of the City of London have changed little since medieval times and the boundary is six miles long.
The entrance to the City of London is marked in ten locations by statues of dragons. There are two dragons supporting the City of London Coat of Arms and dragons are important symbols of the city.
The dragons at Victoria Embankment are quite special (one of which is pictured above). They mark the boundary between the City of London and the City of Westminster, with the dragon facing outwards from the City of London.
These are the original dragons that were located under the entrance to the Coal Exchange in Lower Thames Street. The Coal Exchange was demolished in 1963 and the dragons were moved to either side of the Victoria Embankment. All of the other dragons were based on them and the map below marks their locations (click to be taken to Google Maps).