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It was those trusty Italian conquerors, the Romans, who established Londinium in 43 CE. They built a wall around their settlement and a bridge over the river Thames to set the city up as an important trade center.
The Globe Theatre was built in 1598, entertaining bawdy crowds with the classic plays penned by Shakespeare. The Great Plague in 1665 and the Fire of London in 1666 wiped out much of the population along with most of medieval and Tudor London, but it meant that there was an opportunity to start anew architecturally. Christopher Wren took full advantage of this — designing and building 51 London churches, including the rest of St Paul's Cathedral.
During World War II much of London was destroyed. Rebuilding began in 1945 and one result of this was the South Bank Centre. It was designed as a centerpiece for the arts, and its functional rather than beautiful buildings draw crowds from all over.
In the "Swinging Sixties" London gained a reputation for being at fashion's forefront. London is now recognized as one of the top international centers for fashion; it has also become world-renowned for its cutting-edge art.
Today, the largest city in Western Europe, with an official population of close to 8 million, London is a metropolis with an abundance of culture, history, and commerce. London is booming, it is also the upcoming host of the 2012 Summer Olympics.