LONDON is the capital and most populous city of England and the United Kingdom., London is a 21st-century city with history stretching back to Roman times. At its center stand the imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey, site of British monarch coronations.
Standing on the River Thames in the south east of the island of Great Britain, London has been a major settlement for two millennia. London is often regarded as a world cultural capital. It is the world's largest financial centre.
London is a leading global city in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism and transportation.London has a diverse range of people and cultures, and more than 300 languages are spoken in the region.
London's buildings are too diverse to be characterized by any particular architectural style, partly because of their varying ages. Many grand houses and public buildings, such as the Natural gallery, are constructed from Portland Stone. Some areas of the city, particularly those just west of the center, are characterized by white stucco or whitewashed buildings.
The London Natural History Society suggest that London is "one of the World's Greenest Cities" with more than 40 percent green space or open water. They indicate that 2000 species of flowering plant have been found growing there and that the tidal Thames supports 120 species of fish. They also state that over 60 species of bird nest in Central London and that their members have recorded 47 species of butterfly, 1173 moths and more than 270 kinds of spider around London. London's wetland areas support nationally important populations of many water birds. London has 38 Sites special scientific Interest (SSSI's), two National Nature Reserves and 76 Local Nature Reserves.
London is a diverse and exciting city with some of the world's best sights, attractions and activities.London is home to some of the best museums and galleries in the world.The capital is home to beautiful Royal Parks, including Hyde Park and Richmond Park.The Thames provides a stunning backdrop to many of the city's top tourist attractions. River bus services and river tours are great ways to beat the traffic and enjoy wonderful views.London's famous skyline continues to evolve. There are plenty of places to view the iconic skyline along the river such as View from The Shard or the London Eye. The London Eye observation wheel provides panoramic views of the South Bank cultural complex, and the entire city.