London — The early period

London — The early period

Foundation and early settlement Although excavations west of London have revealed the remains of circular huts dating from before 2000 BC, the history of the city begins effectively with the Romans. Beginning their occupation of Britain under Emperor Claudius in AD 43, the Roman armies soon gained control of much of the southeast of Britain. At a point just north of the marshy valley of the...

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London — Sports

London — Sports

Football Football (soccer) tops the lists of both participant and spectator sports in London. Amateur players turn out in the hundreds for games in every park and open space. Hackney Marsh, along the River Lea in the east of London, has a swath of 100 pitches. The professional game, like almost every branch of London life, is organized locally, not citywide. As a result, nobody plays for London,...

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London — Tributes

Every London district has a deposit of historical associations many centuries thick. Earlier generations of Londoners are present in street names, public statues and busts, and thousands of funerary monuments and inscriptions. Since 1867 London has paid tribute to distinguished citizens and visitors by attaching circular blue plaques to their places of residence. Among those honoured are Geoffrey...

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London — Music

London — Music

The competitive ethos generated by London’s administrative fragmentation is most evident in the realm of classical music. Five full-scale symphony orchestras vie for audiences and funding: the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. On a slightly smaller scale, London also has...

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London — Theatres

London — Theatres

London offers every shade of dramatic experience, from authentic open-air Shakespearean performances in the replica Globe Theatre built by transplanted American Sam Wanamaker to the bizarre offerings of the London International Festival of Theatre. On any given day the Royal National Theatre on the South Bank has several shows in repertory. The West End has some 40 commercial theatres, playing to...

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