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Transcript of London
Has been a major settlement for two millennia.
Its history goes back to its founding by the Romans, who named it Londinium (43 AD)
Map of London from 1572.
Animation of London's evolution
ASSETS OF LONDON'S LOCATION
The Thames river provides several advantages to the city of London, such as:
Helps tourism (boat activities, sightseeing...)
London also possesses very large and efficient (for both underground and overground) transportation systems.
Area: 1,572 km² (607 mi² )
Population :13,709,000 (metro area) and 8.6 million people in greater London.
Population density: 5,354 inhabitants per km
2. World city
Diverse - many nationalities
More than 300 languages spoken in London, more than in any other city in the world.
Districts- many, some wealthy.
Commuters into London -many people live in Home Counties/suburbs rather than London itself
London is known for its function as a financial center.
The main urban function of London is to sell expensive or rare goods/services.
Some products include : sugar, metals, tea, and rubber.
However, a river also brings several disadvantages:
Risk of flood
Hampered land transportation (Bridges, Ferries)
Traffic flow easily obstructed by snow, accidents...
London has a humid weather with little sunshine.
London is widely believed to be the cultural capital of the world.
London is famous for its rock scene and was the starting point of some of the greatest 60s and 70s artists such as : Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, Elton john and Jimi Hendrix...
it is also famous for spawning many pop acts like the Spice Girls and One direction
London hosts several festivals throughout the year.
The most famous is the Notting Hill Carnival (1 million people attend this event) where bands perform and dancers appear.
Home of many professional sport teams and has hosted many international sporting events.
Soccer and cricket are very popular sports
Stadiums located in the city are : Wembley Stadium and the Emirates Stadium
There are thre dozen major theatres in West End London
Some famous theatres are: the Royal Court Theater, Young Vic , and Tricycle Theater.
London has been a city of global importance for several centuries because it concentrates power of elements such as culture, economy, finance, and tourism.
London's residents face multiple problems including growth, social, economic and environmental issues.
muggings on the streets
graffiti on public and private properties
homeless people sleeping on the streets and on the doorsteps of shops and offices. (estimated 124000)
poor quality housing
large amount of immigrants
climate change increases risk of flooding
not much wildlife
London has managed to become an important world city, and grown in size as well as economically and politically, thanks to its efficient organization and to the contribitions it has made to the world throughout history.
High unemployment (speciacially the population under 25 years old)
High levels of personal debt in London
The problem of relative poverty
England (and the UK) depends too much on London's economic power
endorse security on the streets
set more safety regulations for households
raise awareness on climate change and global warming
set strict laws against pollution (littering...)
reduce price of households
stop using technology to replace man work.
develop more the economic power in othr parts of England, rather than concentrating it all on London.