London is a leading global city in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism and transport, all contributing to its prominence. It is the world's most-visited city as measured by international arrivals and has the world's largest city airport system measured by passenger traffic. 2012 saw London become the first city to host the modern Summer Olympic Games three times.
There are five major business districts offering serviced offices in London: the City, Westminster, Canary Wharf, Camden & Islington and Lambeth & Southwark. The City of London’s largest industry is finance, housing the Bank of England, London Stock Exchange, and Lloyd's of London insurance market. Over half of the UK's top 100 listed companies and over 100 of Europe's 500 largest companies base their headquarters in central London.
There is also a concentration of media companies in London, making it the second most competitive sector with significant employers such as the BBC and many national newspapers, which are edited in London. The technology sector continues to grow in East London Tech City also known as Silicon Roundabout.
Tenants with a serviced office in London are spoiled for choice when it comes to transport links. Numerous underground tube trains, buses and airports are all close-by, ensuring that you are well connected when it comes to travelling around the city.
London is a major international air transport hub with the largest city airspace in the world. London Heathrow Airport is the busiest airport in the world for international traffic, in March 2008 it opened a fifth terminal.
Gatwick Airport handles similar traffic and some cheap short-haul flights, based south of London in West Sussex.
Other airports include Stansted Airport, located north east of London in Essex, Luton Airport to the north of London in Bedfordshire, and London City Airport, the smallest and most central airport, is focused on business travellers. London Southend Airport, east of London in Essex, is a smaller, regional airport that has recently gone through a large redevelopment project to include a brand new terminal, extended runway and a new railway station offering fast links into the capital.
London houses Britain's busiest station – Waterloo, offering services to South East and South West London, and also parts of South East and South West England. Thameslink trains connect Bedford in the north and Brighton in the south via Luton and Gatwick airports.
St Pancras railway station is the main terminal for high speed Eurostar and HS1 services, taking you from your serviced office in London to Lille, Paris and Brussels.
Crossrail is due to open in 2018, and will run from east to west through London, into the surrounding countryside with a branch to Heathrow Airport.
Serviced offices in London are currently served by one of the largest bus services in the world, running 24 hours a day, with around 7,500 buses, over 700 bus routes, and more than 6 million passenger journeys made every weekday.
The London Underground, commonly referred to as the Tube, serves 270 stations. London has been commended as the city with the best public transport. The Docklands Light Railway, which opened in 1987, is a second, more local metro system using smaller and lighter tram-type vehicles which serve the Docklands and Greenwich areas.
London has a modern tram network, known as Tramlink, based in Croydon in South London. The network has 39 stops and four routes.