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THE CITY OF LONDON 1
THE CITY OF LONDON
London is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. Its beginnings can be dated back
to about 43 AD during the invasion by the Romans under their commander Aulius
Plautius. Under his command they pushed the inhabitants up to river Thames. Before the
invasion by the Romans, there was no permanent settlement in London. Plautius built the
first bridge of London to assist in getting men across the river. Ever since this invasion
London has continued to experience various disasters including plagues, civil wars,
bombardments from the sky, terrorist attacks, fires as well as widespread riots from its
inhabitants. The origin of the name London is not clear but it can be traced back to the
use of the names Londin and Lundin.
Modern London rapidly grew due to various factors. The commonest of them all was the
political stability that it enjoyed. After years if invasions by the Romans and other
groups, London developed some form of governance under an aristocratic system under
the rule of King Charles 1 and Queen Elizabeth. The rulers controlled the contacts of
London and the outside world. This finally made the city develop into an administrative
center.
London was also business center. There was trade which was facilitated by the presence of
wealthy merchants who transacted between Europe, Russia and America. The merchants
exchanged their wares. There were lawyers who provided their services as well.
London also served as an entertainment city. During the modern times London saw the
emergency of poets and writers such as William Shakespeare and his performances. Old
St, Paul’s Cathedral became London’s general meeting place. The yard outside the

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