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The UK (the United Kingdom or Great Britain, depending on how you refer to it) is one of the world’s leading economies.  It has a population of approximately 62 million, the third largest in the European Union, after Germany and France.

 

The standard of living in the UK is one of the highest in the world and the UK has a diverse and multi-cultural society.

 

Famous for it’s Royal Family, Houses of Parliament and London City, the UK is one of the world’s leading developed countries.  It was the world’s first industrialised country and the world’s foremost power during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The UK remains a great power with leading economic, cultural, military, scientific and political influence. It is a country with a rich tradition, a fascinating history, beautiful scenery and London, its capital city, is one of the world’s most famous financial, business, shopping, dining, entertainment and sporting centres.

 

 

Tourism & Attractions

London is Europe’s most visited location and more than 25 million people visit and stay in London every year. It is unique in the variety and quality of its entertainment industry which makes it the world’s most popular entertainment and tourist destination. The capital city is famous for its West End theatres, its cinemas, its museums and galleries, its music industry, its architecture, its iconic buildings, its Royal family, its sporting venues – including tennis at Wimbledon, soccer at Wembley, cricket, rugby, horse racing and of course the 2012 Olympics.

 

Some of the many famous attractions include Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, the Tower of London, London Bridge, Bug Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, River Thames, Piccadilly Circus, St Paul’s Cathedral, Trafalgar Square, Madam Tussauds, Wembley Stadium, British Museum, National Gallery, Tate Modern, and the British Library.  You will also find a wide variety of great restaurants in and around London’s West End and China town areas.

 

Following on from the success of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, London hosted a very successful Olympics in 2012 which will have on-going and far-reaching benefits for London, Londoners and the rest of the UK, creating jobs, attracting visitors and providing inspiration.

 

London continues to develop and invest in itself with a commitment to make London a more attractive, well designed and environmentally friendly city.

 

London has a safe and clean environment, it has many historic places for sightseeing and it is a great place to do business.

 

English Heritage, Culture, Fashion & Food

The UK has a rich literary heritage encompassing the works of English writers such as William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens. However, the UK has also been at the very forefront of youth culture since the heyday of the Beatles and Rolling Stones in the 1960s.

 

London has a very vibrant clothing and fashion industry with the internationally recognized London Fashion Week and a number of leading fashion and art colleges.  It is also known as one of the leading shopping and fashion capitals of the world, with the world famous shopping streets and stores including Oxford St. (Selfridges), Regent St., Bond St., Harvey Nichols, and Knightsbridge, where you will the luxurious Harrods department store and countless luxury design boutiques and jewelry stores.

 

UK Education

The UK has a world renowned education system. London is home to 3 of the top 10 Universities in the world, Cambridge University, Oxford University and Imperial College London.  At middle and high-school level London and the UK have a number of exclusive private and boarding schools including the famous Eton College and Harrow.

 

 

Business

London, the capital city of England and with a population of 8 million (12-14 million in the greater London metropolitan area, the largest in Europe) has a thriving economy and is one of the most important business cities in the world. In recent years London’s position as a centre for trade, finance and business combined with its skilled and dynamic workforce has produced a huge expansion in jobs, business and the population.

 

London is the driving force behind the UK’s economy and is one of the world’s largest financial centres. London’s economy is expected to grow at a faster rate than New York or Paris or any other established global city and will become the fourth largest city economy in the world by 2020. London’s population will continue to grow and must accommodate a further 800,000 people over the next ten years, amounting to around 50,000 new homes a year and continued long term housing growth.

 

London is also the gateway to the European Union’s 27 member states, the biggest single market in the world with a population of 500 million.

 


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