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 Shakespeare, Dickens and Churchill shaped their destinies, London's history is, in some respects, the history of Great Britain.
This concise volume 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 fifty illustrations, it highlights the troubles and triumphs that have seized the city and its people over two millennia. In order to give this vast panorama a more human face, the authors focus on one significant figure from each major period in the city's history.