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London

About London

8,173,194 in city
11,850,000 in metro
1,579 km² (610 mi²)
135 m
Welcome to one of the most dynamic, cosmopolitan and energetic cities in the world... a hub of finance, politics, history, culture, learning and entertainment. Welcome to London! London dates back 2,000 years to the Roman settlement of Londinium, with evidence of human habitation dating back a further two millennia. It is a city of traditions, with each new century adding its own unique layer to London's character. The result is a city in which castles, royal palaces and centuries' old churches sit comfortably alongside all the necessities of a thriving, modern-day metropolis. For such an enormous and important city, London is relatively low rise, with tall buildings clustered in The City of London and Canary Wharf , and spread sporadically over the rest of the city. It is not skyscrapers that define London's skyline, but a mix of architectural landmarks that have, over the centuries, come to define a city with a remarkable past. Chief among these are St. Paul's Cathedral , the Palace of Westminster , Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, but these are accompanied by hundreds of church spires and monuments. The recent interest in high-rise construction has seen these historic landmarks joined by a new breed of stunning modern structures, including City Hall , the The London Eye and 30 St Mary Axe . In the near future, London could be home to some of the tallest and most exciting skyscrapers in Europe such as The Pinnacle , The Shard , The Leadenhall Building , One Blackfriars Residential Tower and 110 Bishopsgate . In 2012 the city will be the first ever to have hosted the Olympic Games on three occasions.