Story of London
BECOME A CITYZEN OF LONDON
London is the capital and most populous city of England and the United Kingdom. Standing on the River Thames, London has been a major settlement for two millennia. It was founded by the Romans, who named it "Londinium". London is a world culture capital and the world's most-visited city. The city has a diverse range of people and cultures with more than 300 languages spoken.
the birthplace of industry
In the middle of the 18th century the world's greatest technological revolution began thanks to increasing use of coal and iron. Steam power was invented and with hundreds of new factories and inventions came a new international Golden Age. Thanks to the ingenuity of those in this city, the United Kingdom pushed the world forward as a capital of industry and invention.
Many of the inventions of this time are the basis for many of our most crucial inventions such as the steam engine, sewing machine, cotton gin, telephone, and even the airplane! London truly is the source of ingenuity- a powerhouse of innovation! If not for the gifts of London, the world would be a much different place.
the baker street irregulars
At the beginning of World War II, chances of a British victory were slim. Winston Churchill knew from an early time in the war that the Allies would need the United States' aid to win the war and defeat the Nazi Germany menace. Churchill drew up a team of secret agents known for their charm and allure named the Baker Street Irregulars.
The Baker Street Irregulars consisted of Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, Roald Dahl, the creator of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and other children's book classics, singer, actor and playwright Noel Coward, Leslie Howard, most famous for his role as Ashley Wilkes in Gone with the Wind, and Sir William Stephenson, the Canadian soldier, businessman, inventor, and boss of the Baker Street Irregulars. Sir William Stephenson was also none other than the man who was the inspiration for James Bond.
The group's main mission was to nudge the Americans into the war; primarily by befriending important and influential people and convincing them to join the war effort or, if that didn't work, spying on them to gather enough material to blackmail them.
As we now know, the United States did join the war and each of the Baker Street Irregulars carried on their own famed legacies. Without these men, the world would be a much darker place; thanks to both their secret agent exploits, and their great gifts to culture.
Contemporary British culture
Britain would not be the same without the iconic Buckingham Palace and Big Ben, two enormous monuments to British architecture and class. Even more rewarding to the city than these giants however, might be the 17,000 annual music performances, 250 festivals, and 170 museums. You will never run out of things to do in London!
After taking in as much art as you can handle, you might be inspired to visit the world's oldest surviving music hall from 1743, Wilton's Music Hall, or to take in 1 of 200 shows at the very theatre William Shakespeare's works were performed in, the Globe Theatre.
For hundreds of years the London has been a centre for culture and refinement, and it is no small feat that this legacy is still carried on today! Celebrate in the majesty of England and countless innovations from the steam engine to the Bard's works; challenging restriction at every turn!