London is the capital and by far the largest city in
England and the United Kingdom. London has been a major city from Roman
times and has since grown to be one of the world's most important cities
with a population, in Greater London, in excess of seven million people.
London is the historic seat of British Government, a busy international
port on the River Thames, and the City of London, home of the London
Stock Exchange, is one of the world's most important financial centres.
London attracts millions of tourists every year, with many famous and
historic visitor attractions in buildings such as the Houses of
Parliament, Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral, Trafalgar Square, The Tower of London, Tower Bridge,
Buckingham Palace and Number 10 Downing Street. In addition, there are
numerous museums, art galleries and theatres. There are famous shops and
street markets and visitors are well catered for with many world famous
hotels and restaurants. The map below shows London as it was around the
middle of last century. Click on an area of the map to see an
For detailed London street maps, see also