City Profile

City Profile: Guide to London

Quick Facts

Location: South East England

County: Greater London

Population: 7,557,000

Area: 1572 sq. km

As the capital of England, London is the largest city in Britain with all the excitement and vibrancy you'd expect. London is a leading city on matters of global, economic and social influence, and is a melting pot of cultures, with its inhabitants conversing in some 300 languages. Here you can find all the things to do and places to visit in London.


Culture in London

National Portrait GalleryCulturally, London caters for all ages, tastes and interests, but in particular students and young people. There is a carefully crafted mix of history alongside the contemporary.

With museums and monuments dotted around the city, there is always an exhibition to go to or a place of literary significance to visit. The National Portrait Gallery near Charing Cross is a free public gallery displaying works by Picasso and Monet. Indeed, most of the museums and art galleries are free, making them some of the best places to visit in London on a budget. 

City Profile: Guide to Glasgow

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Location: West Central Scotland

County: Glasgow

Population: 592,820

Area: 175 sq. km

With a population of nearly 600,000, Glasgow is the biggest city in Scotland and the third largest in the UK. However, throughout much of its history it has been an even bigger and more central city in Europe.

After playing a central role in the Scottish Enlightenment in the 18th century, Glasgow became one of the world's centres of heavy engineering during the Industrial Revolution. By the late 19th century, its population had reached over one million, making it the fourth largest city in Europe. However, after the relocation of many of its inhabitants throughout the twentieth century, the city of Glasgow gradually shrunk to its current size. Despite this, the whole surrounding conurbation area is still home to 2.3 million people today, amounting to 41% of Scotland's population.

Today, Glasgow has all the cultural, sporting and retail features that you would expect from a city of its size. In particular it has a rich cultural scene with a wide choice of music venues, museums, theatres and galleries, as well as a deep sporting passion.


City Profile: Guide to Sheffield

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Location: Northern England

County: South Yorkshire

Population: 534,500

Area: 368 sq. km

Sheffield is a city whose identity, like so many others in the UK, has been constantly changing throughout the last few centuries. During the 1800's, the area experienced a massive economic boom as it gained an international reputation in steel production and played a significant role in the Industrial Revolution. Indeed, in the space of fifty years, the northern town's population increased by ten times and, in turn, it was officially named as a city.

However, as the manufacturing industries fell away and died, the city started to struggle, until the 21st century brought extensive redevelopment in culture and environment. These days, the city's industrial roots are covered by the huge amounts of green space in Sheffield. Indeed, 61% of Sheffield's entire area is green space, over a third of the city lies within the Peak District National Park and it has the highest ratio of trees to people of any city in Europe.


City Profile: Guide to Bristol

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Location: South West England

County: Bristol

Population: 433,000

Area: 110 sq. km

With a population of almost half a million people, Bristol is the eigth largest city in the UK and the largest in the South West of England. Since the 13th century is has ranked amongst the top English cities due mainly to its location. Built around the River Avon, Bristol also has a short coastline on the Severn Estuary, which flows into the Bristol Channel. The famous Clifton Suspension Bridge (pictured above) has spanned the Avon Gorge since 1864. 

Today it is the centre of culture, employment and education in the region and was even selected as one of the world's top ten cities for young adults in 2009. This is mainly thanks to the thriving music and clubbing scene that makes Bristol famous.


City Profile: Guide to Birmingham

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Location: The Midlands, England

County: West Midlands

Population: 1,017,000

Area: 267 sq. km

Birmingham is the UK’s second largest city, with over a million inhabitants. Located in the Midlands, it has easy access to the rest of the country, and was famed as the centre of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th and 19th centuries. Nowadays it is a busy, cosmopolitan city with loads to do, excellent shopping and a buzzing night life.


Culture in Birmingham

The cultural side of Birmingham is largely based around music, and the city has produced some of the most influential bands of the last century, ranging from the heavy metal of Cadbury WorldBlack Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, to the modern day Editors and The Streets. This heritage is continued through some great music venues in the city, including the Custard Factory and Midlands Arts Centre. Equally, for the classical music lovers, the Symphony Hall is often considered the best concert hall in Europe.

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