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Only one epithet is appropriate to London – big. The small defensive city, built by Romans two thousand years ago on the shores of the Thames, has sprawled into one of the biggest cities in the world. In terms of size and population, it yields only to Istanbul and Moscow, while its cash flow empowers it to compete with the world’s largest megalopolises.

London is four times the size of Paris, which voids it of any cosines characteristic of most European capitals. Nevertheless, London is bristling with art, universities, entertainment, fashion, finance, international media, research and development, tourism, transport infrastructure and other high-technology services. It’s the most visited city in the world, boasting the largest airport system ever created.

London is also one of the greenest cities in the world. As much as 40% of its urban territory consists of green spaces and bodies of water. The River Thames is home to 120 species of fish, while the city at large hosts around 60 species of birds. Don’t be surprised if you see a fox here – London is home to roughly 10 thousand of them. Local parks are full of hedgehogs, mice and stoats. Even the squirrels, eating straight from the hands of the guests of London’s Hyde Park, could lay claim to being the largest in the world.

All Caleb Clarkson, age four, of London wants to do is feed the squirrels in Victoria Park
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  All Caleb Clarkson, age four, of London wants to do is feed the squirrels in Victoria Park

In 2012, London became the first city in modern history to organize the Olympics.

Another impressive thing about London is its multinational composition. Only about half of the 10 million of its inhabitants are British. The other half is composed of hundreds-of-thousands-strong communities from India, Poland, Ireland, Nigeria, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Tens of thousands more moved to London from Jamaica, Sri Lanka, France, Somalia, Kenya, USA, Ghana, Italy, Turkey, South Africa, Germany, Australia, Romania, the Philippines, Cyprus, Portugal, Lithuania, China, Afghanistan, Iran, Spain, Uganda and Brazil.

London is so full of newcomers from all around the world that its different neighbourhoods have become like miniature countries with their own customs and traditional restaurants and shops. Foreigners living in Great Britain sometimes don’t even need to know English. For example, Polish and Indian people could certainly get by using only their native languages.

Even though the city is continuing to sprawl every which way, mobility within it is ensured by the world’s oldest and possibly longest metro system. What’s more, there are many projects that encourage people to ride bikes.

If you feel that this text is still lacking in superlatives, we may add that London is the most popular European city with tourists, while in the world it’s second only to Bangkok. Therefore, if you’re going to London as a tourist, make sure to visit some of the world’s richest and most visited places: Tate Modern, the National Gallery, the British Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Imperial War Museum, the Science Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, the National Maritime Museum, and finish it off with the Tower of London.

Exhibition hall of Victoria and Albert Museum
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Exhibition hall of Victoria and Albert Museum

And regardless of the fact that London is a city of industry, finance and logistics, full of immigrants from the world over, every traveller will find something here to their liking.

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