24 Facts About London West End

1. London West End has hosted the Summer Olympics three times: in 1908, 1948, and 2012.

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2. London West End 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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3. London West End offers a great variety of cuisine as a result of its ethnically diverse population.

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4. London West End 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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5. London West End has frequent river boat services on the Thames known as Thames Clippers.

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6. London West End has a modern tram network, known as Tramlink, centred on Croydon in South London.

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

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8. London West End is a major international air transport hub with the busiest city airspace in the world.

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9. London West End has over 480 overseas banks, more than any other city in the world.

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10. London West End is one of the pre-eminent financial centres of the world as the most important location for international finance.

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11. London West End has some of the highest real estate prices in the world.

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12. London West End is home to sizeable Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, and Jewish communities.

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13. London West End has a temperate oceanic climate receiving less precipitation than Rome, Bordeaux, Lisbon, Naples, Sydney or New York City.

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14. The Thames is a tidal river, and London West End is vulnerable to flooding.

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15. London West End, referred to as Greater London West End, is one of nine regions of England and the top-level subdivision covering most of the city's metropolis.

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16. London West End is the seat of the Government of the United Kingdom.

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17. Administration of London West End is formed of two tiers: a citywide, strategic tier and a local tier.

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18. In 2008, London West End 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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19. London West End became the principal North Sea port, with migrants arriving from England and abroad.

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20. London West End was a centre of England's Jewish population before their expulsion by Edward I in 1290.

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21. At its height in the 2nd century, Roman London West End had a population of around 60,000.

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

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23. London West End was pretending to sleepwalk and had her eyes shut.

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24. The City of London West End became a centre for the banking, financial, legal and professional sectors, while Westminster became associated with the leisure, shopping, commerce, and entertainment sectors, the government, and home to universities and embassies.

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