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Greater London – More than just a City
Greater London should not be confused with the City of London, because it covers a much wider area (32 London boroughs). However, most look at Greater London as being the “City”, even though this is technically incorrect.
Although the term ‘Greater London’ first started appearing more than a hundred years ago, the title was not officially used until it came into force in 1965.
In the early part of the 20th century London was the most populated city in the world, but is now in 25th place. It is also one of the most expensive cities in the world, together with Moscow and Tokyo.
The population in Greater London is estimated at around 8 million, and this number was approximately 5.5 million in 1891 (peaking at 8.6 million in 1939).
Reasons to visit Greater London
The most famous attractions are found in the City, although there are many interesting places located in Greater London such as Kensington Gardens, Kew Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens), National Maritime Museum (in Greenwich), Royal Albert Hall, Bekonscot Model Village, Theme Parks at Legoland Windsor and Thorpe Park, Eltham Palace and Hampton Court Palace.
In the City itself you have Buckingham Palace, The Tower of London, Tower Bridge, London Bridge, Trafalgar Square (including Nelson’s Column), Covent Garden, London Eye, London Zoo, the Natural History Museum, the Globe Theatre, Charles Dickens Museum, Madame Tussauds, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Houses of Parliament (which includes Big Ben).
Entertainment and Dining in Greater London
There are plenty of theatres, cinemas, casinos, nightclubs, bars and many other places to keep you busy. Every type of eating place is available in the City and you can find some excellent restaurants in Greater London like the Larder Restaurant in Croydon, The Mary Beale Restaurant in Enfield and the Savoro in Barnet.
Accommodation in Greater London
Most of the Guest Houses and B&Bs are located outside of the City centre, as are camping areas. Hotels include the Pembury Hotel in Finsbury Park (North London), Holly House Hotel in Victoria (South West London) and the Quality Hotel in Wembley.