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The history of London, as a permanent settlemen, stretches back almost 2,000 years. The city's history is a fascinating one with archaeological excavations uncovering evidence of periodic settlements dating back to the prehistoric era. It was the Romans who first kick started and shaped the development of London into becoming the sprawling city it is today. They built a bridge and an impressive city wall, and made Londinium an important port and the hub of their road system. The Romans left, but trade went on.

William the Conqueror found a city that was, without doubt, the richest and largest in the kingdom. He raised the White Tower (part of the Tower of London) and confirmed the city's independence and right to self-government. During the reign of Elizabeth I the capital began to expand rapidly - in 40 years the population doubled to reach 200,000. Unfortunately, medieval Tudor and Jacobean London was virtually destroyed by the Great Fire of 1666, but did little to halt the city's growth. However, the fire gave Christopher Wren the opportunity to build his famous churches.

By 1720 London, as the seat of Parliament and focal point for a growing empire, was becoming ever richer and more important. Georgian architects replaced the last of medieval London with their imposing symmetrical architecture and residential squares. The population exploded again in the 19th century, creating a vast expanse of Victorian suburbs South of the river. As a result of the Industrial Revolution and rapidly expanding commerce, it jumped from 2.7 million in 1851 to 6.6 million in 1901.

Georgian and Victorian London was devastated in bombings during WW II. After the war, ugly housing and low-cost developments were built. The docks never recovered and shipping moved to Tilbury. However, during the 1980s, the Docklands were rediscovered and redeveloped to their current splendour. Since then many new buildings have been built to boost London's image: the Millennium Dome, the London Eye observation wheel, the Tate Modern and the creation of the British Museum's Great Court.

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Selection of London Districts with hotels available:

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