30 Facts About London UK

1. In 2017, London UK hosted the World Championships in Athletics for the first time.

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2. London UK has hosted the Summer Olympics three times: in 1908, 1948, and 2012.

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3. The largest parks in the central area of London UK are three of the eight Royal Parks, namely Hyde Park and its neighbour Kensington Gardens in the west, and Regent's Park to the north.

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4. London UK has numerous venues for rock and pop concerts, including the world's busiest arena the O2 arena and Wembley Arena, as well as many mid-sized venues, such as Brixton Academy, the Hammersmith Apollo and the Shepherd's Bush Empire.

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5. London UK is one of the major classical and popular music capitals of the world and hosts major music corporations, such as Universal Music Group International and Warner Music Group, as well as countless bands, musicians and industry professionals.

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6. London UK offers a great variety of cuisine as a result of its ethnically diverse population.

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7. London UK is a major global centre of higher education teaching and research and has the largest concentration of higher education institutes in Europe.

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8. London UK has frequent river boat services on the Thames known as Thames Clippers.

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9. London UK has a modern tram network, known as Tramlink, centred on Croydon in South London.

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10. London UK is the centre of the National Rail network, with 70 per cent of rail journeys starting or ending in London.

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11. London UK is a major international air transport hub with the busiest city airspace in the world.

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12. London UK has over 480 overseas banks, more than any other city in the world.

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13. London UK took over as a major financial centre shortly after 1795 when the Dutch Republic collapsed before the Napoleonic armies.

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14. London UK is one of the pre-eminent financial centres of the world as the most important location for international finance.

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15. London UK is the world's most expensive office market for the last three years according to world property journal report.

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16. London UK has some of the highest real estate prices in the world.

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17. In terms of population, London UK is the 19th largest city and the 18th largest metropolitan region.

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18. The City of London UK is the main financial district, and Canary Wharf has recently developed into a new financial and commercial hub in the Docklands to the east.

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19. London UK has a temperate oceanic climate receiving less precipitation than Rome, Bordeaux, Lisbon, Naples, Sydney and New York City.

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20. The Thames is a tidal river, and London UK is vulnerable to flooding.

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21. The area of Greater London UK has incorporated areas that are part of the historic counties of Middlesex, Kent, Surrey, Essex and Hertfordshire.

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22. London UK is the seat of the Government of the United Kingdom.

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23. In 2008, London UK named alongside New York City and Hong Kong as Nylonkong, being hailed as the world's three most influential global cities.

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24. On 6 July 2005 London UK was awarded the 2012 Summer Olympics, making London the first city to stage the Olympic Games three times.

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25. London UK became the principal North Sea port, with migrants arriving from England and abroad.

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26. London UK was a centre of England's Jewish population before their expulsion by Edward I in 1290.

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27. London UK was the focus of the Peasants' Revolt in 1381.

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28. At its height in the 2nd century, Roman London UK had a population of around 60,000.

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29. London UK has a diverse range of people and cultures, and more than 300 languages are spoken in the region.

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30. In 2012, London UK became the first city to have hosted three modern Summer Olympic Games.

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