Images, supposedly they say a thousand words. Here are some of London, a simply fantastic city. For those that dare to doubt it. I'll prove you wrong. Just a way to combine my love of London, and photography, with the internet.
London is a city on an upturn from the dull 70's, 80's and 90's of mismanagement and stagnation. The population is set to overtake New York, developers are flocking to the city having contracted world class architects to undertake work in what many consider to be the financial, cultural, creative and vibrant capital of the world. Over 300 languages are spoken in London, with communities from around the world living side by side. 1 in 4 Londoners are born outside of the UK, and this is why many consider it to be the capital of the world.
Ongoing regeneration programs are in full swing across London's from West to East. London is set to host the 2012 olympics, after having pipped Paris, New York, Madrid and Moscow to the title. Offering fantastic opportunities for development, whilst balancing the needs of the environment
London is a simply huge place and offers so much more than the usual tourist traps and traditional landmarks. 2000+ years of history, disaster and triumph has created the most fascinating urban landscape on the planet. It's architecture ranges from medieval churches to ultra modern glass and steel skyscrapers, and these can be found literally right next to each other.
Almost 39% of London's total area is green, with more parks and green spaces than any other city of its size. London contains numerous wildlife reserves and areas of natural interest. Whilst also being home to six world heritage sites.
London is the economic engine of the UK. The capital is a massive wealth creator for both the national and global economies. The headquarters of more than 100 of Europe's 500 largest companies are in the capital. London's £162 billion economy is larger than some EU countries and accounts for 17 per cent of the UK's Gross Domestic Product (GDP), a measure of earning wealth.
London has a large and complicated transport system. In Greater London there are 13,600km of roads, 3,730km of bus routes, 329km of Tube lines, 28km of new tramways and 788km of national rail lines.
Every day 27.3 million journeys are made on this transport network. Of these, 8.5 million are made on public transport, 11 million by car or motorcycle, 7 million on foot, and 0.3 million by bicycle.
London is also a major sporting capital, home to the new Wembley Stadium, the largest football stadium in the world, Lords Cricket ground, the home of cricket, Wimbledon, the oldest and most famous tennis tournament in the world. Twickenham, home of the England rugby team, the current world champions, several top flight premiership football clubs, including two of the most highly rated clubs in the world and lastly, the largest marathon in the world.
Londoner's know how to have a good time, thus it is home to 6,000 restaurants and 5,000 pubs, 300 street markets and a further 300 museums, many of which are free.
And the most important thing, its photographic heaven.