Standing on the banks of the River Thames, Britain’s capital dates back almost two millennia when Roman Legions once marched through Londinium in AD 45. Since then London has continuously rebuilt, revitalised and reasserted itself on the world stage as an international city of the highest order. And we are lucky enough to be witnessing this city’s twenty-first century renaissance.
History will look back on 2012 and will note that this year surely belonged to London. In June, it once again displayed to the world with spectacular pomp and royal pageantry – a feat that only the British can muster – a national celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s sixty years on the throne. And at the end of the summer, for the third time, more than any other city, London will play host to the world during the Thirtieth Olympiad of the Modern Games.
Yet, London is so much more than Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London and unlike New York or Washington it is impossible to fit even a fraction of the magnificence of this dynamic metropolis into one weekend, so instead, our Managing Editor has chosen to take you on a hopefully insightful journey through his hometown.