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London, capital of the United Kingdom and of England, is one of the great world cities, mentioned in the same breath as Paris, Tokyo and New York.
Originally a Celtic town, it was settled by the Roman invaders who called it Londinium and used it as a port on the River Thames. The Thames runs right through the city and bisects it, north from south, although it is crossed by a number of bridges and tunnels, the most famous of which is the neo-Gothic Tower Bridge.
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