You have probably heard and seen a lot of things about London, soaked up loads of information about the city, and dreamed of visiting it someday – but, did you know that there are two Londons?
Confused? Let us draw some facts about this English county and let us begin with that one.
The City of London is not the Greater London
Usually, whenever you hear people talking about London, what they are referring to is the Greater London.
The Greater London is a ceremonial county and region of England. It was created in 1965, comprising the City of London and Westminster, which they themselves are already a city, and 31 other districts (or boroughs). Despite its regional scope and status, Greater London is commonly regarded as a city in the general sense of municipality. People would usually use the word London in reference to it and not to the tiny, ancient City of London. The latter houses the county’s main financial district. It is commonly called the Square Mile of the City by the locals.
A Melting Pot of Culture
Before there was New York, there was Greater London. The city grew to be the most populated and culturally diverse city in the world due to the rapid rise of industrialisation from the 19th century to the 20th century. A 2011 population consensus recorded about 8.17 million people living in London. Around 70,000 of these are short-term residents. The city’s population is expected to exceed 9 million by 2021, and more than 10 million by 2028. The recent surge of refugees from Syria is expected to push the projected numbers higher.
Culturally, four in every ten London residents identified themselves as non-white British, such as Cypriot, French, Greek, Italian and Irish. Asians also comprised a minority of the population including, Arab, Bangladeshi, Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, and Southern Asians. There are also mixed British race, including Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese.
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