London is a Maritime City, historically home to one of the largest and most successful ports in the world.
The shipping industry in London experienced a rapid decline in the 1970s and the docks and associated industries along the Thames began to close. By the 1980s much of the dockland had fallen into dereliction. Following this decline, London has transformed itself into one of the greatest financial centres and cultural centres of the world.
Today, it is London’s rich history that explains much of the city’s success, and makes it one of the most visited cities in the world. London is a vibrant and very cosmopolitan city, home to a huge diversity of people, places and culture, and more languages are spoken in London than in any other city in the world. It is also a particularly green city with over a third of greater London being devoted to parks and open spaces.
London was host to the Olympic Games in summer 2012 which was hailed a huge success, boasting 65 medals for Team GB and a huge regeneration programme for deprived parts of East London. The Games have been described as the world’s first ‘Green Games’ with sustainability embedded into its planning from the start. There was, and continues to be, a strong emphasis on the Legacy of the Games, which is being developed now to maximize the benefits for local communities in East London and for sport more widely.