“You’ll find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” — Samuel Johnson, poet
The very word London conjures up images of double-decker buses, old fashioned telephone booths, distinctly sophisticated black taxis, and antique buildings lined up in the shadow of Big Ben.. Walking through the streets of London can feel a bit like going back in time. The city, founded over in 50AD by the Romans, does have its fair share of history.
Today London remains one of the most significant global power centers in the world. Located in the southeast of England on the river Thames, London is by far the largest city in the EU and the largest urban zone in Europe, covering over 600 square miles. Besides playing host to the British monarchy, London is famous for its architecture and the plethora of poets, writers, actors, and artists that have graced its streets through its over 2000-year history. The city has an elegant, old-fashioned, and sometimes downright quirky character, manifested in the ubiquitous pubs, impassioned football fans, and the universal partiality to tea and biscuits, among other eccentricities.
These are all, of course, generalities. With a population of over 8 million men and women, 37% of whom were born outside of the UK, London is one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse cities in the world. Some of the world’s greatest minds travel there to experience the history, the culture, and the world-class academics and professional opportunities available.
There is a reason why 65 million tourists flock to the city each year. There is a reason why London has been chosen to host the Summer Olympics three times. There is a reason why London has become one of the most densely populated cities in the world. The reason, as Benjamin Disraeli perceived long ago, is that "London is a roost for every bird."