London, England

London from St Pauls

FEBRUARY 10, 2009 – MARCH 04, 2009

London is the capital city of both England and the United Kingdom. It is also the most populous city in Europe, with about 7.5 million living within Greater London and just less than 14 million estimated residing within the greater metropolitan area. London’s extraordinary population allows for an incredible diversity of people, cultures, and religions, with upwards of 300 different languages spoken within the city. In addition, London is also one of the world’s most important economic centers, being among the three “command centers” for the world economy, along with New York City and Tokyo. Its influence in areas such as finance, business, politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion, and the arts contributes greatly to its status as a global city. In fact, London is home to more than half of the United Kingdom’s top 100 companies and more than 100 of Europe’s 500 largest companies … [ for more purchase CIVIC INTIMACY ]

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Trafalgar Square

London, England

trafalgar square

Trafalgar Square is located at the heart of Central London and is both a tourist destination and landmark not only for the city but for Europe. The site is of significant historic value as many of the monuments and statues that stand there have individual heritage classifications.; The most recognized monument is the 46-meter tall Nelson’s Column at the center (completed in 1843) and two giant fountains (completed in 1939). Since the early 1800s, when the square was first completed, it has remained the center of various political demonstrations, protests, rallies, and gatherings in London. Although New Year’s celebrations are no longer held here due to over crowding (festivities are held at the London Eye and South Bank instead), Christmas festivities still remain an important tradition in Trafalgar Square. Each year since 1947 a Norway Spruce is given by the people of Norway’s capital, Oslo, and presented in the square as London’s Christmas tree as a token of gratitude for Britain’s support during World War II … [ for more purchase CIVIC INTIMACY ]

London City Hall

London, England

london city hall

London City Hall is home to the Greater London Authority (GLA), which is comprised of both the Mayor of London and the London Assembly. City Hall is a building typology that has undergone significant changes in recent decades, in many ways becoming a less significant destination within the city. Many of the original functions of a city hall have gone away as a result of an increase in technological services, which allows city residents to complete many operations online without ever visiting a city hall itself. Also, many of the specialized departments are scattered across the city in smaller offices in attempt to operate more efficiently. The combination of these scenarios leaves city hall as more of a symbolic structure than anything else, and thus the construction of new city halls is becoming uncommon … [ for more purchase CIVIC INTIMACY ]