London could simply be regarded as the current capital of both the United Kingdom and England. But that is just but a section of London's rich heritage, anchored in glamour and majesty. If there has ever been a glamorous city, if there has ever been a city clad in honor and majesty, then that must be London and London alone.
This has been a major settlement since the Romans established it 2,000 years ago and called it Londinium. At the heart of London is the ancient City of London which extends to a square mile. Today, that city still retains the medieval boundaries although the metropolis regions developed around it have been incorporated into the city since the 19th Century. As such, the current name "London or Greater London" refers to the larger metropolis that has formed with the ancient City of London as its core.
What do we know London for? London is an undisputed global city, a political throne of Europe and an economic nerve center not only of the EU, but also of the world. It is the world's second largest financial centre after New York. This is where the mighty and the wealthy converge. Where the world's resources are traded and distributed from. This is where decisions with a global impact are made day in day out. Whether it is in politics, education, media, finance, arts, entertainment and culture, London's influence can be noted all over the Globe. With over 50% of all UK's top 100 FTSE listed companies and 20% of Europe's 500 largest multinationals headquartered in central London, this is where the world's leading corporations and multinationals are governed. This is where the crème de la crème of the world's elite are hosted.
The streets of London are covered with an enriching glamour that is not so much on show, but which though discrete, can still be felt. One of the indications of this intricate class can be noted in the area of hotels. Most catering and accommodation establishments in London feature the most famed international hotels. For the high class and the middle class, the finest hotels in the world are represented in London with a remarkable presence. Funny that, this is where you will find the most luxurious hotel luxurious hotels in the world and yet some of the most economical ones too.
Domestic and overseas tourism has become a very important facet of London's economy. Of remarkable interest to most tourists are the four listed World Heritage Sites namely the Tower of London, Royal Botanic Gardens - Kew, historic settlement of Greenwich and the site comprising of Westminster Abbey, Palace of Westminster and St. Margaret's Church. Having hosted Summer Olympics in 1908 and 1948, the world is now looking forward to the 2012 Summer Olympics that will be hosted by the city.
London is the single most populous European Union municipality with an official population total of approximately 7,556,900 speaking a total of 300 different languages and from assorted racial origins. This has been successfully catered for by the world's most extensive and efficient underground railway network and London Heathrow Airport, which is the world's busiest airport. This airport has the greatest number of international arrivals and departures making it the busiest urban airspace in the world.