London Stats

London Stats

June 15, 2014 – Population (city proper): 8.3 million

When Established: 43 AD

City Nicknames: The Big Smoke (a reference to smog), the Great Wen (sebaceous cyst), Cockaigne (a mythical land of plenty)

Big Business (Top economic sectors): Finance, media, tourism

Best Known For: Shakespeare, Dickens, Sherlock Holmes, pubs, Big Ben, BBC, The Beatles, James Bond, Buckingham Palace, Diagon Alley

Pro Soccer Teams: Home to six Premier League football clubs: Arsenal, Chelsea, Fulham, Crystal Palace, Tottenham Hotspur, and West Ham United

Fun Football Fact: The word "soccer" (though not used in the UK) was coined in the late 19th century, an abbreviation of "association football" with the then Oxfordslang "-er" ending–similarly, rugby is called rugger

Famous Players: Sir Bobby CharltonDavid Beckham