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London, England
The Palace of Westminster, London
Creative Commons AttributionThe Palace of Westminster, London - Credit: Diliff

After graduating from Oxford, James and his friends move to London.

London is the capital of the UK and home to almost eight million people, making it the largest city in Europe in terms of population.

The city dates back to Roman times, when it was called Londonium. It began life in a square mile of land near where St Paul's Cathedral now stands; this area, known as the City, is now London's financial centre.

Over the centuries London has spread far beyond its original square mile, stretching out from both sides of the river Thames until it has come to occupy some 611 square miles. The centre of government is located in Westminster, where the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey stand. Buckingham Palace, the official residence of the monarch, is nearby. The Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey are both UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as are Kew Gardens and Greenwich, the site of the Prime Meridian. The city's other famous sights include St Paul's Cathedral, the British Museum, Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus.

London has suffered great damage twice during its history: once in 1666, when the Great Fire of London destroyed many of its medieval wooden buildings; and then during the Second World War, when the Blitz obliterated much of the city.