Home to over 8 million people and 270 nationalities, it’s no wonder London is considered the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. Over centuries, London’s culture has been shaped by a huge variety of cultural influences.
Such influences extend to the city’s architecture, the food it proudly serves and the events that you can see in and around the city. Why is it so popular internationally? Well, not only does it have a very competitive job market, but it is also one of the most culturally active cities in the world and boasts easy access to airports all over the world via private jet charter.
What makes London so cosmopolitan?
The best thing about London are its 48 boroughs, all of which boast their own identity and cultural charm. Almost like little villages within one huge city, London’s boroughs provide inhabitants with that feeling of warmth and community, which is no mean feat in a city of over 8 million.
The city itself is teaming with culture. The centuries-old Soho area is buzzing with life noon and night, hosting some of the most celebrated bars and restaurants, as well as theatres, concerts and great shopping.
Then you have Camden which might be one of the quirkiest districts. Originally home to the goth and hipster scene, it still bears remnants of its alternative past with eye catching street art, independent cafes, one-off boutiques and equally unique individuals.
Finally, there’s Brixton, the trendy part of town where you’ll discover a new pop up every week and which has become the unofficial home of the British African-Caribbean community. Where you can munch on fried plantain at a British rock concert, it’s awash with cultures and life.
The best places to visit in London
For some spellbinding (and free) tourism, nothing beats sunset from Waterloo Bridge. Lighting up the London Eye, Westminster and Canary Wharf, all the city’s famous skyscrapers take on a different, softer appearance that is irresistibly romantic.
One of the older buildings on the famous Southbank skyline is St Paul’s Cathedral. A short walk from Blackfriars station, take a good hard look at the intricate detail that makes this building what it is. Conceptualised by Chrisopher Wren who also designed another 52 churches in London, it’s worth a brief pause when you walk across Blackfriars bridge.
A welcome relief from the hustle and bustle of the city, Kew Gardens is worth the sizeable train ride away. Nestled in a luscious green space, thousands of tropical plants and flowers bloom here, making it a hotspot for those blessed with green fingers or anyone who loves seeing a punch of natural colour.