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    London is a leading global city, with strengths in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism and transport all contributing to its prominence.

    As the capital city of England and the United Kingdom, London is also the largest metropolitan area in the United Kingdom and the European Union. Located on the River Thames, London has been a major settlement for two millennia, its history going back to its founding by the Romans, who called it Londinium. London's ancient core, the City of London, largely retains its square-mile medieval boundaries.

    London contains four World Heritage Sites: the Tower of London; Kew Gardens; the site comprising the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey, and St Margaret's Church; and the historic settlement of Greenwich (in which the Royal Observatory marks the Prime Meridian (0 longitude) and GMT). Other famous landmarks include Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Piccadilly Circus, 30 St Mary Axe ("The Gherkin"), St Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square and Wembley Stadium. London is home to numerous museums, galleries, libraries, sporting events and other cultural institutions including the British Museum, National Gallery, British Library, Wimbledon and 40 theatres. London's Chinatown is the largest in Europe.The London Underground network is the oldest underground railway network in the world and the most extensive after the Shanghai Metro.

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    Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee
    June 2-5, 2012 - London

    An international celebration of the queen's ascension to the throne 60 years ago that coincides with her birthday. Only one other monarch in British history has served longer, Queen Victoria. All commonwealth countries will mark four-day holiday with lots of fanfare and festivities.

    A large event will be staged in London to include the diamond jubilee concert, and a maritime parade with the largest flotilla to sail along the River Thames in over 350 years). Some one million people are expected to watch from the banks. Exciting street parties are also to take place across the country.
    Her Majesty the Queen - Official Website of the British Monarchy

    Wimbledon Stadium
    English Open Tennis Tournament
    Late June / Early July

    Location: All England Club Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Merton Borough, London, England

    The oldest tennis tournament in the world (originating 1877), Wimbledon is considered by many to be the most prestigious. It has been held at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London since 1877. It is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments.

    The tournament takes place over two weeks in late June and early July, culminating with the Ladies' and Gentlemen's Singles Final, scheduled respectively for the second Saturday and Sunday. Each year, five major events are contested, as well as four junior events and three invitational events.
    Tournament Website


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