The largest and wealthiest city in the United Kingdom, modern London is a vast, sprawling metropolis with a population of millions. A center of culture and industry where figures such as Shakespeare, Dickens, and Churchill shaped the world, London’s history is in many respects the history of Great Britain. This engaging narrative depicts London’s evolution from a site on the fringe of the Roman Empire to the social, cultural, and political heart of Britain. Complemented by over 360 photos, illustrations, and maps, it highlights the troubles and triumphs that have affected the city and its people over two millennia. It is ideal for the student, traveler, or generally curious reader.