London is a leading global city and the principal financial centre in the world, on par with New York, and the largest urban zone in the EU. London’s economy contributes approximately 20 percent of the GDP for the whole of the UK, with more than three million of the employed population working in the service industries. London’s largest industry is finance, with approximately 300,000 people employed in the financial service sector.
The city of London is home to more than 480 international banks as well as the London Stock Exchange and the Bank of England. London is the base of the headquarters for more than 100 of Europe’s 500 biggest companies and the City of London contains more than seven and half million square meters of office space.
The second most competitive sector in London’s economy is the media industry, in addition to professional services. The Port of London handles approximately forty five million tons of cargo annually and is the second largest in the UK.
London is a tourism hotspot, boasting over fifteen million visitors per year, making it the world’s most visited city. Prominent landmarks include Tower Bridge, the London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square.
The London Underground is the oldest underground railway system in the world, with a total of 270 tube stations. The city is also home to the Eurostar, connecting London St Pancras International with Paris Gar du Nord, Brussels and Lille. Five airports operate services within the London area to destinations across the globe, all offering state of the art facilities and amenities including meet and greet services, airport parking and hotels: London Heathrow Airport, London Gatwick Airport, London City Airport, London Luton and London Stansted.