These days not many people live in the city centre either, but
has spread further outwards into the country, including surrounding villages.
Today the metropolis of Greater London covers some 1,580 sq km. London
The gradual growth of the city helps explain the fact that
does not have one centre, it has a number of centers, each with a distinct
character: the financial and business center called the City, the governmental
center in London ,
the shopping and entertainment center in the Westminster West End,
the industrial center in the East End.
The City does not refer to the whole of central
but rather to a small area of the center, which includes the site of the
original Roman town. It is an area of 2,650 sq km with a long exciting history,
and it is proud of its independence and traditional role as a center of trade
and commerce. This tradition is focused on the City’s Lord Mayor, whose
official residence is the Mansion House. Once a year, in November, The Lord
Mayor’s Show takes place. This is a colourful street parade in which a newly
elected Lord Mayor travels in a golden coach, which is over 200 years old. London
The City of
is one of the major banking centers of
the world and you can find the banks of many nations in the famous London Threadneedle Street
and surrounding area. Here, too, you will find the Bank of England and the
The center of the country’s judicial system is to be found in the western part of the City. The Old Bailey houses many courts. Many solicitors and barristers have their offices.
Fleet Street is famous as the home of the nation’s newspapers but, in fact, only two of them –The Daily Express and The Daily Telegraph- are still in Fleet Street. However, people still say “Fleet Street” to mean “ the Press”.
There are some historical buildings in the City.
Cathedral and the St. Paul are the most
famous of them. Tower