Explained: The secret City of London which is not part of London

The Great City of London, known for its historical landmarks, modern skyscrapers, ancient markets and famous bridges. And it’s arguably the financial capital of the world.

Most of us know it is a major city and it is home to  around 11,000 people.

Wait, what? Eleven… thousand?

That’s right, 11,000 people. BUT the City of London is a different place from London – at its centre are the Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock (which is named after its bell).

The amazing Westminster Abbey which is the  site of British monarch coronations.  And this London is home to 8.7 million people.

But, if you look map of London crafted by a careful cartographer that map will have a one-square mile hole near the middle – it’s here where the City of London lives inside of the city named London. Confused?

Despite these confusingly close names the two Londons have separate city halls and elect separate mayors, who collect separate taxes to fund separate police who enforce separate laws.

OK wait – watch the video, it will explain it better than I can 🙁 boo hoo

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