City of London - London-Blog


Die City of London ist das historische und wirtschaftliche Zentrum von Greater London. Sie wird oft einfach als The City oder Square Mile (Quadratmeile, entsprechend ihrer Flächenausdehnung) bezeichnet. Obwohl die City während Jahrhunderten gleichbedeutend mit London war, wird der Stadtname nun für das gesamte überbaute Gebiet verwendet. Die City of London ist eine zeremonielle Grafschaft.
Die City of London ist der flächenmäßig kleinste und der am wenigsten bevölkerte Stadtteil Londons. Die Bevölkerung setzt sich zusammen aus 84,6 % Weißen, 6,8 % Chinesen, 2,6 % Schwarzen und 2,0 % Japanern. Obwohl sie offiziell nur einige tausend Einwohner hat, halten sich werktags mehrere hunderttausend Angestellte in der City of London auf. Die City of London ist eines der Hauptzentren des globalen Finanzwesens.
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London's Past: Royal Victoria Dock (HD) - London-Blog


London's Past: Royal Victoria Dock
This episode was filmed in London's Docklands, and old victorian industrial area to the east of the City of London, now redeveloped for living, leisure and commerce. The Royal Victoria Dock is a former shipping port connected to the River Thames. Opened in 1855, it was the first London dock to be designed specifically to accommodate large steam ships. It was also the first to use hydraulic power to operate its machinery and the first to be connected to the national railway network.

Like the rest of London's Docklands, its original use is now long over. From the 1960s onwards, the Royal Victoria, like all of London's docks, experienced a steady decline as the shipping industry adopted containerization, which effectively moved traffic further out into the Thames estuary at Tilbury. The dock finally closed along with the other Royal Docks in 1980. The dock fell into dilapidation although, in 1988, the French musician Jean Michel Jarre used the site for a his 'Destination Docklands' concert!

Since 1994, the dock has experienced major redevelopment under the London Docklands Development Corporation. The dock itself is accessible to ships, although its western entrance has been filled in and it is now used chiefly for watersports. Its transport links have been greatly improved with new roads and Docklands Light Railway (DLR) lines running along both its north and south side. Most of the original warehouses have been demolished but the historic 19th century K-S and W Warehouses - both listed buildings - have survived. The ancient cranes dominate the waterline. They have been kept as a form of historical work of art.

The dock is dominated by the ExCeL Exhibition Centre, constructed on the north quayside and opened in November 2000, and by the adjacent high level Royal Victoria Dock Bridge (which part of this episode is filmed from). The waterside location of ExCel is used to its advantage when it hosts the annual London Boat Show, with visiting vessels moored alongside the exhibition centre. On the south side of the Dock is Britannia Village. The award winning development, which included the high level footbridge, was commissioned by LDDC and carried out by Wimpey Homes, the Peabody Trust and the East Thames Housing Group between 1994 and 2000.

In the distance is London City Airport, used by smaller commercial aircraft for passengers wishing to land close to the heart of London (unlike Heathrow!). The episode ends with a plane taking off and passing overhead

Piccadilly Circus (HD) - London-Blog


Piccadilly Circus
This five minute episode captures the people relaxing in the warm weather at Piccadilly Circus, a famous road junction and people space in the heart of the West End close to Leicester Square. on Friday 20 June 2008. In this episode you get to sense the atmosphere of the place, from the neon and video signs, the breathtaking horse fountain, to the random community of workers, residents and tourists sitting around the large circular base of the Shaftesbury fountain and statue of Eros.

Bus Ride through the City of London (HD) - London-Blog


You asked for it - and you wanted it in high definition! So here it is, another bus ride - this time the No.28 as it passes through the capital's financial heart - the City of London. This time I have included the original audio from the bus ride mixed with some ambient bass guitar music to give you a great journey through the historic City. If you fancy following the journey on a map: We start at Cannon Street at the junction with Bread Street, and head east towards Queen Victoria Street. Passing Bank underground station with the Bank of England building on the left, we head on to Threadneedle Street. The bus continues along Threadneedle Street to Bishopsgate (and the corner of Liverpool Street station) before finishing at the east end of the City at Shoreditch High Street. What is particularly interesting about this 10 minute journey is the sheer amount of building work going - particularly at the eastern end of the City. New shiny towers are being built where old building once stood. There may be a 'credit crunch' but the amount of financial trade that continues to head London's way is not denting the desire of banks and financial institutions to build here. The City's Griffin (a boundary marker at every main road entrance to the City) is all but lost amongst the builder's fencing as we leave. The building works also explain the rather jarring effects from the state of the roads in the City! This episode is in high definition but the bitrate, at 1500kbps, is half the normal bitrate for LLTV episodes so there are some compression 'artifacts' present during the journey.

Tower of London


Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress, landläufig besser bekannt als Tower of London, ist ein im Mittelalter errichteter, befestigter Gebäudekomplex entlang derThemse, der als BurgWaffenkammer (stronghouse), königlicher Palast und Gefängnis, insbesondere für Gefangene der Oberklasse, diente. Außerdem waren dort dieMünze, das Staatsarchiv, ein Waffenarsenal und ein Observatorium untergebracht. Bis zu Jakob I. wohnten alle englischen Könige und Königinnen zeitweise dort. Es war üblich, dass der Monarch vor dem Tag seiner Krönung im Tower übernachtete und dann in feierlichem Zug durch die Stadt nach Westminster ritt. Heute werden im Tower die britischen Kronjuwelen aufbewahrt, ferner eine reichhaltige historische Waffensammlung.
1078 ordnete Wilhelm der Eroberer an, den White Tower an dieser Stelle zu erbauen. Er sollte den Normannen die Vorherrschaft in der City of London und dem weiteren Gebiet von London sichern.
In den folgenden Jahrhunderten wurde die Burg ständig erweitert. Sie ist von einem breiten Wassergraben umgeben. Ein Außenwall schützt die inneren Gebäude. In der Mitte des Geländes steht der als „Weißer Turm“ bezeichnete mächtige Keep. Von weitem wirkt er quadratisch, aber drei der Ecken bilden keine rechten Winkel und alle vier Seiten sind verschieden lang.
Heute ist der Tower unter anderem durch die Ausstellung der Britischen Kronjuwelen eine Touristenattraktion. Auch die Gebäude selbst, eine Waffensammlung und ein Rest der Stadtmauer der antiken Stadt Londinium, wie London im Römischen Reich hieß, ziehen die Besucher an. Aufgrund seiner historischen Bedeutung wurde der Tower 1988 von der UNESCO zum Weltkulturerbe der Menschheit erklärt.
Als Postkarten-Attraktion vielleicht sogar bekannter, aber geschichtlich und funktionell vollkommen unabhängig, ist die benachbarte, nach dem Tower benannte Tower Bridge, die nach achtjähriger Bauzeit 1894 fertiggestellt wurde.
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Oxford University MBA - Alumni Interview: Nathan Rose - London-Blog