London

Discovering the city

History

The Romans founded London about 50 AD. Its name is derived from the Celtic word Londinios, which means the place of the bold one. After they invaded Britain in 43 AD the Romans built a bridge across the Thames. They later decided it was an excellent place to build a port. The water was deep enough for ocean going ships but it was far enough inland to be safe from Germanic raiders. Around 50 AD Roman merchants built a town by the bridge. So London was born.

Culture

The Culture of London concerns the arts, music, museums, festivals and other entertainment in London, the capital city of the United Kingdom. London is widely believed to be the culture capital of the world, although this title is disputed with a number of other cities internationally. The city is particularly renowned for its theatre quarter, and its West End theatre district has given the name to "West End theatre", the strand of mainstream professional theatre staged in the large theatres in London. London is also home to notable cultural attractions such as the British Museum, the Tate Galleries, the National Gallery, the Notting Hill Carnival and The O2.

Lifestyle

Life in London is exciting. Thousands of shops, pubs, restaurants, museums, theaters and parks open their doors to millions of reLife in London is exciting. Thousands of shops, pubs, restaurants, museums, theaters and parks open their doors to millions of residents and tourists from around the world who enjoy the charm of a unique cosmopolitan environment.sidents and tourists from around the world who enjoy the charm of a unique cosmopolitan environment.

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