As the world’s leading financial and banking centre, culturally diverse and historically rich London has something for everyone. It is widely recognised as one of the world’s most “economically powerful” cities and comes only second to New York in its economic competitiveness (The Global City Competitive Index, The Economist, 2015).
There are numerous international organisations in London, and it has more banks than any other city in the world. Its financial service sector employs an estimated 315,200 people within the city and broadly comprises of accountancy, banking, financial planning, insurance, investment, asset management, trading and stock broking. As the home of London Stock Exchange, Bank of England and other renowned financial institutions, London has enjoyed the reputation of being a key player in the Eurozone and has a considerable influence worldwide. Apart from the traditional banking and finance activities, London is also a leading centre for foreign exchange and bond trading.
London’s legal industry is one of the oldest and most reputed. It is an integral part of the UK and supports other professional sectors. With 43 world-renowned universities, London is also a major hub of higher education and research.
It is a vibrant, diverse and fascinating city, which displays an exemplary fusion of traditional and modern elements. The city’s artistic vigour and creative spirit can be witnessed in the historic galleries, museums, theatre and other iconic buildings. From royal attractions to magnificent churches and cathedrals, from stunning parks and riverside to castles and museums, London offers infinite attractions for tourists.