The BrmmBrmm Motoring Guide to Greater London
London, capital city of England and the United Kingdom, is located on the River Thames and has been a leading settlement for 2000 years. Founded by the Romans who called it Londinium, the ancient core of the City of London, still retains many of its mediaeval boundaries. As the city grew, the name London was adopted in the 19th Century and began to incorporate the further settlements that were springing up around the core.
London is one of the world’s leading financial centres and has also been described as a “cultural Capital” with a diverse range of peoples and cultures and more than 300 languages spoken within its boundaries. It is famous for its contribution to the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism and transport all of which contribute to its prominence.
There are four World Heritage sites within the boundary of London, which are: The Tower of London; Kew Gardens; the site of the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey and St Margaret’s Church; and the historic settlement of Greenwich. Other famous landmarks worth a visit include Buckingham Palace, the London Eye and St Paul’s Cathedral, and there are 40 theatres in the West End to choose from, as well as numerous museums, art galleries, libraries and sporting events.
Did you know that the London Underground is the oldest underground railway network in the world? It is also the 2nd longest, serving 270 stations, with over 3 million journeys being made on it every day!