London, the city of 8,615,246 population as at January 2015 was at the peak of urban activities when this picture report was prepared in March 2015. The historical small military storage depot employed by the Romans during their invasion of Britain in A.D. 43 has grown to become international center for trade, tourism, technology and global businesses. As a traditional capital of Commonwealth of Nations from Balfour Declaration of 1926 through April 1949 London Declaration to the modern day of global city, London has triumphed through accommodation and promotion of diversity in its statue and spatial management.
The city has continued to rank among top 30 cities on livability index since 2010 by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) livability survey and 18th position in the 2015 Safe Cities Index. A. T. Kearney’s Global Cities Index of 2014 ranked London No. 2 after New York in creating an environment that attracts and retains top talent, businesses, ideas and capital while City Momentum Index of 2014 published by Jones Lang LaSale ranked the city as heavyweight super city in the same category with New York and Tokyo.
Detailed watching of London will show a city closely connected to its water, River Thames. With 34 bridges across the 215 miles long river and bustling water transportation, the significance of River Thames to the urban development and economic growth of London cannot be over stated.
The city is attracting and reaping significant returns from historical and modern infrastructural tourism as evidenced in the daily large concentration of self made photographers on London Bridge, Millennium Bridge, Blackfriars Bridge, Bankside, Monument to the London Great Fire and St. Paul’s Cathedral Courtyard.
In keeping the city safe and secured, various strategies were adopted including smart security land based monitoring equipment, police checkpoints, routine police walking and vehicular patrol, citizens’ education and awareness by the police and aerial surveillance. Incidence response rate seems to be high with about six siren blaring service vehicles per hour in the central business area. This high rate of siren in the city center is comparatively lower to pre-2007 urban center of Lagos city in Nigeria when abuse of siren by private individuals and service men was the trend. The imposed ban has since reduced the rate to an average of one siren blaring vehicle per hour in Lagos.
One observable challenge in London is the level of smog in the city. Between March 16 and 23, 2015, viewing of atmosphere is overwhelmingly cloudy when compared with the sky over Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire in the Northern part of United Kingdom where temperature is even lower. There is need to do more by relevant city authorities in reducing carbon footprint in the city through additional investment in green economy.