No trip to the UK is complete without experiencing the capital; the largest city, urban zone and metropolitan area in the European Union. Located on the River Thames, London has been a major settlement for two millennia, its history going back to its founding by the Romans, who named it Londinium. London is a leading global city, with strengths in the arts, commerce, sport, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, profession al services, research and development, tourism and transport all contributing to its prominence. London has been described as a world cultural capital. Catch a game: take your pick, Arsenal, West-Ham, Crystal Palace, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea are all based in London.