The term "Greater London" embraces Central London together with all the outlying suburbs that lie in one continuous urban sprawl within the lower Thames valley.
Now redeveloped and world famous as the setting for London 2012 Olympic Games.
Southwark-Lewisham inner southern districts of London, traditionally residential, with a large melting pot of communities.
One of the most important financial centres in the world with modern skyscrapers standing next to medieval churches on ancient street layouts.
East End a traditional working class heartland of inner London to the east of The City made famous by countless movies and TV shows, and home to trendy bars, art galleries and parks, especially in the Shoreditch, Hoxton, Old Street area.
Londinium, the precursor to the modern city of London, was established in 50 AD.
Ten years later it was conquered and destroyed by the Celtic Iceni tribe, led by their queen, Boudica.
The city has been the principal seat of British royal dynasties and of English (later British) governments throughout its history and has survived through fire, invasion and plague.