Crowds in central London cheer Team GB's medal winners from Athens

General London Information

If you or someone you know has an interest in visiting London, then it helps to attain a firm grasp regarding some helpful general information. While it is helpful to create an itinerary to guide you through each and every day, you must first understand a bit more about the city itself, before making these plans. For example, greater London is nearly 1500 square kilometres! This puts into perspective the sheer size of the city, so you must plan your activities accordingly. Additionally, there are nearly 7.19 million residents in London. Take this into account when you decide to take public transportation during the busiest times of the day. The population density of the city is almost 4,800 people per square kilometre.

The most populated inner-London borough is Lambeth. It contains nearly 267,000 residents. However, the most densely populated borough is Kensington & Chelsea, which boasts 13,120 residents per square kilometre. London is widely regarded as a major financial and cultural capital. It is compromised of people of many ethnicities and cultures. Therefore, visitors have ample opportunities to learn incredible amounts of information while in the city. Interestingly, many of the urbanised structures found in London came about after the city was destroyed by World War 2, and the great fire of 1666. Both of these events contributed to a new building design and an emphasis on promoting culture throughout the area. Architectural masterpieces are found everywhere in the city, some of which has stood the test of time.


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Kelly Holmes
Backing the Bid:
Kelly Holmes

"Having a major championship in my home country is brilliant as you feel the whole stadium is rooting for you. It would be just brilliant to have the Olympics in London in 2012 - I look forward to being there and cheering the Great Britain team on."