London is the capital of the United Kingdom, and the largest city in the European Union. Its history spans nearly 2,000 years, beginning with the arrival of the Romans soon after their invasion of Britain in AD43.
London is one of the world's major business, political and cultural centres. Situated on the banks of the river Thames, it is made up of two ancient cities now joined together: the City of London, know simply as 'the City' – the business and financial heart of the UK – and the City of Westminster, where Parliament and most of the government offices are located. The two cities together make up a region known as Greater London.
Simon Lovelace - Nathaniel’s object of revenge - lives in Hampstead. Located just across Hampstead Heath from Highgate, the area is one of the most expensive in London, with the highest number of millionaires living within its boundaries.
The Palace of Westminster, holding the House of Commons and the House of Lords, is the home of the British Parliament. The Palace, and especially its Clock Tower, is one of the most recognisable icons of the United Kingdom.
The Tower of London is an ancient fortress just east of the City, on the north bank of the Thames. It covers about 13 acres (5.3 hectares). Now used mainly as a museum, it was a royal residence in the Middle Ages. Later it was a jail for illustrious prisoners.
Trafalgar Square, at the heart of London, is one of the city’s most vibrant open spaces. Rich in history, the square is home to Nelson’s Column, a monument commemorating Britain's most celebrated naval hero.
Piccadilly Circus is a popular meeting place, and major intersection, watched over by the statue of Eros, Greek god of love. Traffic, noise and the large neon advertisements characterise this commercial hive of activity.