Legend says that the city of London was founded by Brutus of Troy. However, historical evidence can only trace it to the Romans that settled in “Londonium” in 50 AD. The Romans established baths, temples, churches and even declared London as their capital. Tightening recession and political instability impacted the city, and vast areas, no longer economically viable were pulled down. By the mid 5th Century Londonium had been completely abandoned, and not long after, new settlers known as the Anglo-Saxons occupied the land. Although control of the city changed hands a number of times, London was largely ruled by the Anglo-Saxons for six centuries, becoming a political and trading hub. Christmas day, 1066 William the conqueror defeated King Harold and was crowned in Westminster Abbey, bringing London under the Norman Regime. .
Under the Norman Regime the London Tower, the London Bridge and the Westminster Hall were constructed. However, it wasn’t until Henry VIII came into power in 1485 that London began to have international powers. This was also the time of the great English poet William Shakespeare (1564-1616). During the 17th century, the Black Plague reduced Londoners to a fifth of the population. As the capital of the British Empire, London benefited from the political, financial and trading expansion, becoming the world’s largest city during the 19th century. Today London is hailed as one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, a national and international hub of culture, arts, politics, finance and much more. You name it, London has it.