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About London

8,173,194 in city
11,850,000 in metro
609.66 mi² (1,579 km²)
443 ft

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.


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