Vibrant, multicultural, and bustling with non-stop activity, this city along the River Thames is aptly called one of the great “world cities”. And those are not just empty words. As the largest urban zone in Western Europe and the whole European Union, London remains a capital of culture, finance, politics, fashion, and trade in Europe as well as the world. Its more than 7 million residents and immigrants who continue to flow into this mega city, serves as its lifeblood and reflects, not only London's size, but its significance in the world stage
Just like its size, nothing about this megalopolis is ordinary. Its history, which dates back more than 2 millennia, is nothing short of colourful.Founded by the Romans in 43 AD where they ruled and built for 300 years, the city named Londinium was then taken over by the Anglo-Saxons. After the Anglo-Saxons, the Vikings and the Danes battled for power to rule over this medieval trading city. Until finally, under the leadership of William the Conqueror, the Normans gained power and after, moved the capital from Winchester to London.
Even in the field of arts, entertainment, fashion, finance, education, and tourism, London is a powerhouse exerting a force to be reckoned with. It shares the stage with New York City as the world's largest financial hub. And with five international airports, London has the busiest airspace than any other urban centre in the world. It is also one of the most frequently visited cities worldwide with Heathrow Airport servicing the largest number of international travellers every year.
Yet there is more to London than just its size and vast history. This once-fortified “Square Mile” city offers visitors with an interesting mix of experiences to take home. Its numerous attractions, like the quintessential Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Kew Gardens, Buckingham Palace, and St. Margaret's Church are not to be missed. Hop on the London Eye for a spectacular bird's-eye view of the city. Then satiate the shopper in you at Harrods or Portobello Road.
And while these places are must-sees for any tourist, discovering what makes London great – having fish n' chips, drinking a pint in a pub, or spending a day in the park – is what makes it your visit extraordinary.