London, the capital of England and of the United Kingdom (UK), is by any standard one of the greatest cities in the world, and the world's most popular destination for study abroad programs. Known as the City of Culture, it has a population of over eight million people with a multitude of social and cultural backgrounds making it one of the most vibrant cosmopolitan cities in Europe. Even after serving for four hundred years as the hub of the British Empire, London today remains at the center of the world's commercial and financial stage. London offers numerous cultural activities including world-class theatre, restaurants, and fascinating historical sites. It is conveniently located only a few hours away by train to popular cities such as Oxford, Cambridge, York and Bath.