With all the bad news which has been circulating in recent weeks, we thought that maybe we should make a note that London is a city which has often seen periods of high drama and continues to build and prevail. It contains far more surprises than many realise. Despite Brexit, London is still viewed as a major force and this will not change.
- A global city. London is one of the most diverse cities in the world with over 300 languages spoken to highlight the ethnic diversity which the city contains.
- If one thinks that gin today is a popular beverage; it compares little to the Gin Craze between 1720 and 1751 when the average consumption of gin was 2 pints per week for every person in the city, including children.
- Norway has gifted London a Christmas tree each year for Trafalgar Sq since 1947. The tradition started as a way for Norway to thank the UK for its alliance during World War II.
- During the Second World War, London acted as the capital for six countries including for Poland, France, Belgium, Norway and Holland. London was the of heart of European collaboration
- Twice as many people visit London each year as live in the city. Over 19m visitors come to the City each year.
- The progressive city. In 1878, London University was the first in Britain to allow women to study and grant degrees to them
- More people live in London than in Austria.
- London’s Bus System Covers the Equivalent of 12 x The Circumference of the Earth Each Year. Each year, the buses on London’s transport system drive over 300 million miles.
London possesses a great history and it has seen all challenges. In the Blitz, London was even bombed for 57 consecutive nights.
However, it is a global centre and today boasts some of the greatest examples of hospitality to be seen.