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Today, London has taken on a much larger meaning to include all of the vast central parts of the modern metropolis, with the city having absorbed numerous surrounding towns and villages over the centuries, including large portions of the surrounding "home counties", one of which - Middlesex - being completely consumed by the growing metropolis.
The term Greater London embraces Central London together with all the outlying suburbs that lie in one continuous urban sprawl within the lower Thames Valley.
Mayfair-Marylebone (London Zoo, Madame Tussauds, Regent's Park, Royal Academy of Arts, Wallace Collection)Some extremely well-heeled districts of west central London with London's primary shopping streets, among them Bond Street, Oxford Street, Regent Street and Savile Row.
Notting Hill-North Kensington (Design Museum, Kensington Gardens, Portobello Road Market)Lively fruit and antiques market, interesting history, the world famous carnival and a very ethnically diverse population Paddington-Maida Vale (Abbey Road, Little Venice, Lord's Cricket Ground)Largely residential district of northwest central London with lots of mid-range accommodation, famous for its canal and houseboats.
Southwark-Lewisham (Crystal Palace Park, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Horniman Museum)Inner southern districts of London; traditionally residential, with a large melting pot of communities.
The area retains some leftfield, quirky attractions.
East End (Brick Lane, Columbia Road Flower Market, Docklands, Museum of Childhood, Petticoat Lane Market, Spitalfields Market)A traditional working class heartland of inner London to the east of The City, made famous by countless movies and TV shows.
Noisy, vibrant and truly multicultural, London is a megalopolis of people, ideas and frenetic energy.
The capital and largest city of England, and of the wider United Kingdom, it is also the largest city in Western Europe and the European Union.
East (City Airport, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, West Ham United FC, Westfield Stratford City)Originally part of the county of Essex, taking in former industrial areas on the upper Thames Estuary, while to the northeast lies the gateway to the affluent Epping Forest area.
West (Chiswick House, Heathrow Airport, Musical Museum, Osterley Park, Syon Park)Taking in much of the ancient English county of Middlesex (which many local residents still identify with rather than "London") and former parts of Buckinghamshire.