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Houses Of Parliament and Big Ben at dusk, London (© S. Greg Panosian | iStockphoto.com)
Houses Of Parliament and Big Ben at dusk, London.
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Introduction

London is the capital of England and of the United Kingdom, the largest and most populous city in Europe, as well as the financial capital of Europe. London contributes to 17% of the UK's GDP and Inner London has the highest average salary of any European city.

Tower Bridge at dusk (© Nina Matthews | iStockphoto.com)

The population of the historical City of London only has 7,800 inhabitants, although the Greater London has a population of 7,172,000, which is further extended to 13,945,000 for the metropolitan area. Of these 7 million people, 71% are Caucasians, 10% South Asians (Indian, Bangladeshi or Pakistani), 5% black African, 5% black Caribbean, 3% mixed race and 1% Chinese. 21.8% of inhabitants were born outside the European Union.

Politically, Greater London is divided into 32 boroughs and the City of London. The current mayor of London Ken Livingstone was elected as an independent candidate in 2000, and re-elected as a member of the Labour party in 2004.

Although the City of London is the historical heart of the city, the subsequent growth of Westminster as the seat of the monarchy and government shifted the official city centre to Charring Cross (in Westminster), just north of the major government offices of Whitehall.

History

Palace of Whitehall

History

Browse the striking events that have made London what it is today, from its Roman founding to the Norman conquest, and from the Great Fire of 1666 to becoming the capital of a vast global empire.

Trivia

Aerial view of the City of London

Fun Facts

Interesting, amusing or surprising tidbits about the British capital and its role and influence in the world over the centuries.

Attractions

City of London

City of London

Guildhall, Barbican Centre, Bank of England, Monument, Tower of London & Tower Bridge.

St Paul's Cathedral

City of London (West)

St Paul's Cathedral, Fleet Street, Holborn. (coming soon)

Piccadilly Circus

West End

Piccadilly Circus, Soho, Trafalgar Square, Charring Cross, Covent Garden. (coming soon)

St James's Palace

Westminster (North & West)

Buckingham Palace, St James's Park, Mayfair & Belgravia.

Palace of Westminster

Westminster (South & East)

Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Whitehall, Victoria Station & Pimlico.

British Museum

Museums

An extensive listing of the museums, art galleries and stately homes in London.

Other Sightseeing Areas

  • Southark & Lambeth
  • East End
  • Camden Town & Hampstead
  • Bloomsbury & Regent's Park
  • Hyde Park, Knightsbridge & Chelsea
  • Notting Hill & Holland Park
  • Earl's Court, Hammersmith & Fulham
  • Greenwich
  • Syon Park
Pub, London
Covent Garden, London
Street entertainner, Covent Garden, London
Trafalgar Square, London


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