London is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. An important
settlement for around two millennia, London is today one of the world's most
important business and financial centres, and its influence in politics,
culture, education, entertainment, media, fashion, sport and the arts all
contribute to its status as one of the key global cities.
London was the most populous city in the European Union[ with a population of
7.5 million and a metropolitan area population of between 12 and 14 million.
Its population is very cosmopolitan, drawing from a diverse range of peoples,
cultures and religions, speaking over 300 different languages. Residents of
London are referred to as Londoners.
London is an international transport hub, with five international airports and a
large port. It serves as the largest aviation hub in the world, and its
principal airport, Heathrow, carries more international passengers than any
London is a major tourist destination - counting iconic landmarks such as the
Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey,
Buckingham Palace and the London Eye amongst its many attractions, along with
famous institutions such as the British Museum and the National Gallery.