This is a story about the capital city of Great Britain – London, where many people flock to on a yearly business to explore or to live. It started from humble beginnings and has grown exponentially to inhabit millions of people and attract over a million more in tourists every year with its shopping opportunities and cultural experiences. Here is the tale of a little settlement that became one of the most famous cities in the world.
It all started in AD43 when the Romans commandeered the area, called it Londinium and began to build their livery businesses which thrived and continued for another 600 years. London, as it became known, is where the Italians gave us our current banking system and where William the Conqueror was crowned in Westminster Abbey in 1066, just before he started work on the White Tower of the Tower of London which is still a tourist and resident favourite. From this time, London grew and went through a whole stream of monarchs that each left their mark on the city, most notoriously of all being Henry VIII’s dissolution which greatly affected Britain, with London and the North taking the hardest hits. The Tower of London is possibly the most closely associated with the Tudors, mainly due to the fact that 2 of Henry’s wives, Queen Anne Boleyn and Queen Katherine Howard, were killed there and Sir Thomas More, Oliver Cromwell and Elizabeth I was imprisoned there as was her cousin Lady Jane Grey before being beheaded.
London has always been a hub for scandal and crime with one of the most famous historical cases happening in London in the district of Whitechapel in 1888. Jack the Ripper stalked the streets in the latter part of the 19th century and preyed on prostitutes, dissecting them, disfiguring them and almost leaving them unrecognisable. It is still one of the greatest mysteries in British history as Jack was never caught despite taunting the police with countless letters and body parts and coming incredibly close to being caught by witnesses. Visitors to London can take a walk through history and visit the spots where Jack killed his victims with one of the many Jack the Ripper tours that are held just a tube ride away from The Piccadilly London West End hotel every night.
The city is known for its culture; whether you enjoy art, the theatre, ballet or opera, London caters for it all. The West End is a beacon to all theatre lovers and hosts classic shows such as Les Miserables, the Lion King and The Phantom of the Opera, as well as more modern shows such as Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon. If you’re looking for a more classical approach, you can take a meander along Bankside to Shakespeare’s Globe or head to the Royal Opera House for a spot of ballet performance or an opera. There are limitless things to see and enjoy because, even if you have seen every show on offer in the city, London always has something else to offer.