London, the capital city of the United Kingdom, is the world's leading financial centre for international business and commerce and is one of the "command centers" for the global economy. 40% of the city is green space, making London the greenest city of its size in the world.
The economy of London is dominated by service industries, particularly financial services and associated professional services, which have strong links with the economy in other parts of the United Kingdom and internationally. According to the Brookings Institution, in 2011 London had the fifth largest metropolitan economy in the world.
With an estimated 8,615,246 residents in 2015, London is the most populous region, urban zone and metropolitan area in the United Kingdom. London generates approximately 22 per cent of the UK's GDP. 841,000 private sector businesses were based in London at the start of 2013, more than in any other region or country in the UK. 18 per cent are in the professional, scientific and technical activities sector while 15 per cent are in the construction sector. Many of these are small and medium-sized enterprises.
London is a major global center of higher education teaching and research and has the largest concentration of higher education institutes in Europe. According to the QS World University Rankings 2015/16, London has the greatest concentration of top class universities in the world and its international student population of around 110,000 is larger than any other city in the world. A 2014 PricewaterhouseCoopers report termed London as the global capital of higher education.
A number of world-leading education institutions are based in London. QS World University Rankings, Imperial College London is ranked joint 2nd in the world, University College London (UCL) is ranked 5th, and King's College London (KCL) is ranked 16th.The London School of Economics has been described as the world's leading social science institution for both teaching and research. The London Business School is considered one of the world's leading business schools and in 2015 its MBA programme was ranked second best in the world by the Financial Times
London Tourist Attractions.
Whether you are visiting London for the first time or coming back for a special occasion, you’ll discover a city full of unforgettable landmarks and exciting things to do. Make the most of the top London attractions with our guide to the city’s must-sees.
The range of tourist attractions in London is endless. Take a London bus tour for some sightseeing and see the top London attractions, such as
- Buckingham Palace
- Big Ben
- Tower of London
- London Bridge
- British Museum
- Hyde Park
- Palace of Westminster
- River Thames
- Trafalgar Square
- National Gallery, London
- Kensington Palace
- Sea Life London Aquarium
- ZSL London Zoo
- Royal Observatory, Greenwich
- Central London
- Leicester Square
- Experience some London history at the London Dungeon
- Visit an exhibition at one of London’s many museums.
- Take the Warner Bros Studio tour and go behind the scenes at the Harry Potter studios
- Hang out with the stars at Madame Tussauds.
- Take a look at our complete guide of things to do or explore our London Attractions Map to make sure you don't miss out on a single thing.