London is a sprawling modern Babylon. Traces of every century, every movement, every nationality, religion and race, every trend and tradition can be found within its great expanse. The ancient gothic churches and cobbled winding streets are set against the modernity of architectural skyscrapers and bright rushing lights. The grandeur of palaces and wide green spaces are far removed from the gritty graffitied back streets overrun with drinkers and the cacophony of city sounds.
Its sheer size can be daunting. The best way to think of it is as a collection of self-contained villages, each with their own character and community. London began as a Roman settlement in 40AD roughly around London Bridge. As it expanded it enveloped everything in its wake. Most boroughs were once towns on its outskirts, which partly explains its multiple personalities. Add to that a melting pot of the world’s nations - there are more than 300 languages spoken - and you’re coming close to understanding the city.
Thanks to this diversity there is not a food you want to try, a trend you want to follow or music you want to hear that isn’t available somewhere. Writer Samuel Johnson once wrote, ‘By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show’. That was as true in the 18th century as it is today.
Inhabitants in United Kingdom:: ca 60 million
Inhabitants in London:: 7.4 million (12.6 million including the metropolis)
Official language: English
Currency: British pound sterling (GBP)
Time zone: GMT
Emergency number: 999
Constitution: Constitutional monarchy
Country phone code: +44
Country code: GB
Local transportation: Tube, Bus, DLR, Bicycle, Boat, Train, Tram
|Inhabitants in United Kingdom:||ca 60 million|
|Inhabitants in London:||7.4 million (12.6 million including the metropolis)|
|Currency||British pound sterling (GBP)|
|Country phone code||+44|
|Local transportation||Tube, Bus, DLR, Bicycle, Boat, Train, Tram|
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