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10 reasons we love London
To commemorate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee we wanted to celebrate the many reasons we love London.
London is seen to be one of the most exciting cities in the world, with a rich cultural history dating back 2000 years, iconic landmarks, and plenty more on offer.
1. Transport Services
London is a city connected throughout, having been ranked #2 in the world for its efficient transport. London's Underground services allow the city to keep flowing, getting you to points in central London much quicker then on the roads and help keeping traffic down. The tube and rail lines are ever expanding, with the latest introduction of the Crossrail - Elizabeth line allowing a faster and smoother ride from East to West through the heart of the city. Read more about the crossrail and why we love it here. Additional modes of transport include Buses, Trams, Overground, and DLR interconnecting locations outside of the Capital. You can see all the different modes of transport and the best ways of moving around London on Citymapper.
2. Variety of Green Space
Offering a vast array of green spaces, London provides a balance in lifestyle. There are approximately 3,000 parks across London's many boroughs, with more being introduced over the coming years, ideal for morning runs or leisurely strolls to enjoy the summer weather. In 2019, London was declared the worlds first National Park City - read more about it here and see which boroughs have the most green space in our London Borough Report here.
3. Restaurants & Shopping
Whether you live in London or are visiting it's clear to see how many stores are on offer, ranging from expansive shopping centers such as Westfields in Shepards Bush to the high street options in the West End. Everything you will ever need is at your doorstep. London stores are constantly reinventing themselves and creating all kinds of customer experiences in their stores as the world of retail evolves. London is equally well known for it's fantastic choice of incredible restaurants. Locations such as Covent Garden, Soho, Shoreditch, and Spitalfields are great places to start but you will probably find a wide selection no matter where you are.
4. History & Landmarks
Although London is a modern city with highrise buildings creating a magnificent skyline, on the streets of Central London the history of this city can still be felt. With a history that reaches as far as 2000 years, many famous landmarks have been preserved to an incredible standard, creating a balance between past and present. The history is mainly showcased throughout the many museums and galleries offered to the public, as well as landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and St Paul's Cathedral.
5. Top Performing Schools & Universities
Across the country are many accredited schools and universities, a majority of which are located in London. There are 919 outstanding rated schools within the capital, and the vast choice in education is unmatched in other regions. Universities would include Imperial College London which is ranked #7 in the world according to QS World University Rankings 2022, with so many more to choose from. If you are looking to study in London, we have put together a selection of our university guides here to help advise you.
People from all over the world have chosen London to be their home, with approximately 9.5 million people living here. Recognised as one of the most ethically diverse cities in the world it's estimated that 1/3 of Londoners were born abroad and almost over 300 languages are spoken, bringing plenty of benefits to those that live in London to experience.
7. Job Opportunities
Being the capital of the UK many of Europe's largest businesses have their headquarters here, which has created a chance for those living in London to chase their aspirations. Within this thriving city, people can grow their careers in a broad selection of different industries, from the first three months of 2022 until April there were around 630,000 more job vacancies compared to the same period in 2021.
8. One of the Safest Cities in the UK
With one of the largest police presences in the country, London is seen to be an extremely safe place to live in. In their latest Safe Cities Report by The Economist, London has ranked 8th for Health Security, 12th for Digital Security and 14th for Personal Security.
9.Free Things to do
There is always something to do in London, seen as a hub for people to socialise you will always be nearby a wide range of daily activities and the great news is that a number of these are free of charge! The Barbican Garden and the British Museum are a great place to start, and you will find plenty more online - here is one that covers no fewer that 101 of them.
10. The Royal Connection
Finally, we couldn't complete this list without mentioning The Queen. Representing over 1000 years of British tradition, values, and democracy and is loved by many across the country and globe. The Queen will bring communities together this Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend to celebrate her 70th year on the throne.