Pronunciation is the capital of the United Kingdom and the largest urban area in England. The ancient City of London, to which the name originally belonged, still retains its mediæval boundaries; but the name “London” has long applied more generally to the whole metropolis that has grown up around it. Today this Greater London is a municipality in its own right, with its own council, city hall, and mayor.
An important settlement for two millennia, London is one of the world’s leading business, financial and cultural centres,and its influence in politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion and the arts all contribute to its status as a major global city.
London is the most populous city in the European Union with an official population of 7.5 million, and has a metropolitan area population of between 12 and 14 million . Its diverse population draws from a wide range of peoples, cultures and religions, and over 300 different languages are spoken within the city.