With a coverage area of 1,579 sq km (610 sq mi), Londinium (historical name of London), was founded by the Romans as a communication centre when they occupied Britain in 43 AD. Initially London was in the form of a small village which was situated near River Thames. Along with the population, the city also grew geographically to what we see today. According to a population census of 2001, the population of UK’s capital was 7,172,036. With an oceanic climate, London’s reputation has been emerged as a rainy city. In summers, the average temperature is 26 degree C whereas in winters, the chilly and frosty temperature falls below -4 degree C till -14 (lowest temperature on record).
London is a binding of past and present, which is why it is considered to be a great tourist attraction. Uncountable landmarks of London are beautiful and astonishing enough to stay in the spotlight.
Besides the historical background of London, there are several other reasons that make this place eminent among the rest of the capitals. Out of 32 boroughs of Great London, 20 are declared as outer boroughs while 12 are legally known as inner boroughs. With 195 villages, a good percentage of population is living in the rural area of London. The city is famous for being a hub of Airports and besides having eight airports, it also grabs attention by being the biggest airspace city in the world. With 270 tube stations, it again places itself in the limelight.
Forty three universities of London have made the city into a knowledge ground. It was estimated in 2008 that approximately 412,000 of the population was of students which include 118,000 postgraduate students, while 287,000 were registered as undergraduates. Another astonishing factor is that 97,150 students studying in London are from foreign backgrounds.
Samuel Johnson; a popular English author once said, ‘if you are tired of London, it means you are tired of life.’ It will take several days to know All About London.
Food and Eating-out in London:
The presence of diverse cultures in London has helped a variety of international cuisines to introduce themselves. Along with British food, international cuisines are also admired by Londoners - something that can be proved through the success of restaurants like Nando’s, Mc Donalds, Pizza Hut, Wagamama and several others.
Shopping in London:
London is also known as a shopping district; all possible items are obtainable which are admired due to their quality and durability. The presence of huge shopping centers in the UK’s capital gives the city a chance in not only attracting the locals, but tourists as well. Shopping plazas like Arcadia Centre, Blenheim Centre, Brent Cross Shopping Centre, Broadway Shopping Centre, Whiteleys and Gloucester Arcade Shopping Centre are worth a visit. This includes Oxford Street - which is famous for having the best departmental stores.
Tourism in London
A good percentage of tourists prefer visiting London because the city contains uncountable sites and attractions due to its rich historical background and modern culture. Places like River Thames, London Eye, Madame Tussaud, Victoria and Albert Museum, Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square took no time in making a place for themselves in the list of mesmerizing landmarks and attractions.
Education in London:
London is known all over the world for granting quality higher education. The city has also fortified itself as having the best centers for research and teaching. Among 43 universities; you will be able to locate 5 top class medical schools, along with London Business School that was ranked as the best ranked institute in 2010, and University of the Arts London which is famous for being an outclass institute of Performing Arts, design, fashion and communication.
Events in London:
Uncountable events are scheduled annually in London. A few have gained splendid amount of popularity not only in the capital, but all over the globe; in 2012 London will be honored to host Olympics games for the fourth time. Moreover, the event called Trooping Color Festival, in which Queen Elizabeth’s birthday is celebrated, takes place in June. The New Year’s parade gives a thrilling and electrifying start to the year while Noting Hill Festival grabs everyone's attention with the usage of vibrant colors and thrilling beats of music.