With the 2012 Olympics being held in London, this confirms its status as one of the world's greatest cities and hopefully bring more visited to this wonderful city who may want to visit again and again.
In the 1600 the population of London may have reached about 250,000.
By 1666 came the great fire of London this destroyed about 13,200 houses and 70-80,000 people had been made homeless and because of this the king commanded that all new houses in London should be build with bricks not wood.
By the 19th century London’s population grew from 950,000 in 1800 to 6 million in 1900, part of the reason for the growth of London was the railway, which made it possible for people to live away from the city centre and travel to work each day.
In the 19th century new museums were created. The Victoria and Albert Museum opened in 1852. The Science Museum opened in 1857 and the Natural History Museum opened in 1881. New Scotland Yard was built in 1891. The statue of Eros in Picadilly Square was erected in 1892.
London continued to be a great port. In the 18th century ships tied up at wharves on the Thames but the river became overcrowded so docks were built, such as West India docks, St Katherine Docks.
London was a great manufacturing centre, the food and drink industry became important. Flourmills and Sugar refineries appeared in towns in London and the first tinned food was made in Bermondsey. Also in Bermondsey this area became famous for the leather industry and hat making. Other industries in London included furniture making, machine and tool making and the manufacture of horse drawn carriages.
In the early 20th century the old London industries (brewing, Sugar refining, flour milling, engineering) continued and new industries grew in the suburbs such as aircraft building, vehicle manufacturing and making electrical goods.
Unemployment was quite high in the 1980s and 1990s due to the effect of the recession in the 70’s and many companies and industries moving away from the city, however one industry that did boom was tourism, with several million foreign visitors arriving each year.
To Mark the new century the Millennium Wheel, or ‘London Eye’ was build. This attraction gives views of London and is now the most popular tourist attraction in the city.
Today’s population of London is 7.2 million
As London is the capital of England and the United Kingdom it is a popular destination for conference, events and exhibitions and with plenty of hotels and venues to choose from you’re sure to be spoilt for choice.