There are only a few real global cities on Earth. London is definitely one of them, and many regard it the greatest and most beautiful. For hundreds of years, it was the capital of the British Empire, from where half of the planet was ruled. Within 1,500 years, this remote Roman colony became the center of the world.

Today, London is a bustling cultural city and one of the world’s business centers.  Whatever your heart may desire from a city break, you will definitely find it in London.

As we all know, London is the capital of the United Kingdom, which consists of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Great Britain, in turn, refers to Scotland, Wales and England. London is situated in England, which comprises most of the southern part of the British Isles.

London has a population of about 7.5 million, and the larger metropolitan area is estimated to have 12-14 million residents. The whole population of many a small country could fit in London, so we are not talking about a minor city!

London’s cityscape is dominated by the River Thames, which winds its way through the city. Because the Thames is wide and has powerful flow, historically it has been a major obstacle to cross. Today, however, over 200 bridges cross the river and 17 underwater tunnels unite its two sides.

London’s main airport is Heathrow Airport, which is also the largest airport of the UK and world’s busiest node of international flights. Almost 70 million passengers travel through the airport, which is more than the whole population of the United Kingdom. If you have already visited London, you have most likely travelled through Heathrow. With the increase of low-cost flights, smaller airports located near London – such as Gatwick and Stansted – have become increasingly popular.

3 Responses to London

  1. Sarah says:

    I found London a great destination even with kids, even though many cities don’t take their needs into consideration. It was really easy to find something nice to do with my small ones every single day, such as picnics in the wonderful parks, visiting the London Aquarium and the Tower of London. Even some sections of Madame Tussauds are lovely for children, as they can get to meet familiar characters, such as the Sleeping Beauty and plenty of sports starts. London Zoo proved a huge success as well, likewise the Science Museum and my son just adored the Motor Museum.

  2. Julie says:

    I happened to be in London on 7/7, when the city remembered all those who died in the terrorist attack on that day. 52 is not just a number, it means that 52 people were violently sent from here to eternity by mass murderers and that the lives of their families changed forever. I watched Prince William, today Duke of Cambridge lay a bouquet of beautiful flowers on the Hyde Park Memorial. The atmosphere was serene an filled with sorrow, as many of the deceased ones’ family members were present. I wish this unique city will never have to experience such an ordeal again.

  3. Lizzie says:

    Even though every major city has its drawbacks, I find London a truly fascinating one. It has such a splendid combination of age-old history and architecture and modern skyscrapers and services. I also adore the fact that the British still keep many of the most famous museums free for everyone, that makes it so easy to spend your days sightseeing without spending a lot of money. You can actually tour the world history and see its marvels without putting your hand in your pocket at all. The only drawback is trying to rent a flat in the central London area for a longer visit, that comes with an astronomical cost!

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