As the capital of the United Kingdom, London is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. With historic attractions like Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament and the Tower of London as well as newer sights like the London Eye and the newly built Shard all popular spots to visit.
London was chosen to hold the Olympics in 2012, the third time the city has been chosen to hold the famous sporting competitions. Football is probably the most popular sport in London with 14 teams from the area competing in the full-time professional leagues including Arsenal, Chelsea, Fulham, Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa who all compete in the top flight of English football.
Economically, London is one of the most financially important cities in the world. London accounts for 20% of the UK's GDP. The financial and media industries are some of the most influential in London however, areas such as silicon roundabout continue to spur growth in the tech sectors.