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London

 

London is the capital city of the United Kingdom and of England and is

the most populous city in the European Union.

 

London is a leader in international finance, politics, education,

culture, entertainment, fashion and the arts and has considerable

influence worldwide. It is widely regarded as one of the world's major

global cities, and has been an important settlement for nearly two

millennia.

 

London has an estimated population of 7.5 million (as of 2005) and a

metropolitan area population of between 12 and 14 million. London has an

extremely cosmopolitan population, drawing from a diverse range of

peoples, cultures and religions, speaking over 300 different languages.

Residents of London are referred to as Londoners.

 

The city is a major tourist destination and an international transport

hub. It counts many important buildings and iconic landmarks such as the

Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge and Buckingham Palace amongst its

attractions, along with famous institutions such as the British Museum

and the National Gallery.

 

Area

 

Today, "London" usually refers to the region of England called London,

which is coterminous with Greater London. At the heart of the

conurbation is the small, ancient City of London which was historically

the entirety of the city. Londoners generally refer to the City of

London simply as "the City" or the "Square Mile". London's metropolitan

area grew considerably during the Victorian era and again during the

Interwar period with expansion halted in the 1940s by World War II and

Green Belt legislation and has been largely static since.

 

The extent of the London postal district, Metropolitan Police District,

local government area, London transport area, urban sprawl, coverage of

the London telephone area code and metropolitan area have rarely been

coterminous and are not currently. The area delimited by the orbital M25

motorway is sometimes used to define the "London area" and the Greater

London boundary has been aligned to it in places. London is split for

some purposes into Inner London and Outer London.

 

The coordinates of the centre of London (traditionally considered to be

the original Charing Cross, near the junction of Trafalgar Square and

Whitehall) are approximately 51°30?N 0°8?W. The Romans may have marked

the centre of Londinium with the London Stone in the City.

 

Status

 

The entire London urban area may be classed as a "city" using a

geographical definition, but technically it is not so. Officially,

London is a region containing two smaller cities within its built-up

area: the City of London and the City of Westminster (see City status in

the UK).

 

Unlike most capital cities, London's status as the capital of the UK has

never been granted or confirmed officially — by statute or in written

form. Its position as the capital has formed through constitutional

convention, making its position as de facto capital a part of the UK's

unwritten constitution.

 

Geography and Climate

 

Greater London covers an area of 609 square miles (1,579 kmІ). Its

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