Greater London is an administrative area, London is divided into the small City of London and the much wider Greater London. Comprising of the City of London and 32 London boroughs, of which twelve are Inner London boroughs and twenty are Outer London boroughs.
This arrangement has come about because as the area of London grew and absorbed neighbouring settlements, a series of administrative reforms did not amalgamate the City of London with the metropolitan area, and its unique political structure was retained.
The City constituted most of London from its settlement by the Romans in the 1st century AD to the Middle Ages. The City is today a major business and financial centre, ranking as the leading centre of global finance.
Things to do
From London's exquisite parks, to world-class museums, historic houses and stunning art galleries, there are some amazing free experiences to be had in London. Where else in the world can you meet dinosaurs and creepy crawlies, see portraits of Tudor monarchs, travel back to the Battle of Britain, see Darwin's walking stick and the Lord Mayor's 18th-century gold coach, all without spending a penny?
London's history stretches back over thousands of years, and the city boasts four World Heritage Sites: the Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, Maritime Greenwich and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
According to the Globe Shopper City Index, London is Europe's best shopping destination. Whether you head to the West End, Westfield Stratford City or a quirky London market, there's a huge range of places to buy gifts, fashion and food.