London

Located on the River Thames, London is the capital of England and the largest metropolitan area in the United Kingdom.

London was founded by the Romans nearly 2,000 years ago. Thanks to its location as a major port in Europe, London was a significant city even during the medieval times, but the city’s growth really took off during the Industrial Revolution and the 19th century.

London is the artistic and literary capital of Britain, claiming great writers like William Shakespeare, and Charles Dickens.

London is home to 43 universities, and has a diverse population with more than 300 languages spoken within the city boundaries. The city has some of the world’s most recognizable landmarks – Buckingham Palace, where the Royal Family lives, London Bridge, and the iconic clock tower which that houses Big Ben.

In the summer of 2012, London hosted the 30th Summer Olympics, making it the first city in the world to host the event three times.

Text by Kat Lonsdorf. Photo via iStock.com.