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  • 10

    Votes: 360 23.8%
  • 9.5

    Votes: 132 8.7%
  • 9

    Votes: 154 10.2%
  • 8.5

    Votes: 121 8.0%
  • 8

    Votes: 149 9.8%
  • 7.5

    Votes: 83 5.5%
  • 7

    Votes: 109 7.2%
  • 6.5

    Votes: 49 3.2%
  • 6

    Votes: 53 3.5%
  • 5.5

    Votes: 15 1.0%
  • 5

    Votes: 37 2.4%
  • 4.5

    Votes: 15 1.0%
  • 4

    Votes: 35 2.3%
  • 3.5

    Votes: 40 2.6%
  • 3 (or less)

    Votes: 162 10.7%

  • Total voters
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The City of London


The City of London is the main financial district in London. It is a major centre of global finance, rivalled
only by Wall Street in New York.

The City is governed by the Corporation of London, an ancient body headed by the Lord Mayor
of London. The City also has its own police force, the City of London police. Once dominated by the
dome of St Paul's Cathedral, it is now home to many taller buildings, including the tallest, Tower 42
(formerly known as the NatWest Tower) and 30 St Mary Axe (popularly known as the "Gherkin").

The City has a tiny residential population (7,000), but a daytime working population of more than 300,000.
Its dominance as the main financial district has been challenged in recent years by Canary Wharf
in East London.

With a 2,000 year history, the City of London has many old landmarks, monuments and heritage sites -
including the Roman remains of "London Wall", along with the Tower of London, Tower Bridge,
the Monument to the Great Fire of London, the Guildhall, over 50 churches, and of course,
the beautiful St Paul's cathedral built by Christopher Wren.

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London is one of the greatest cities in the world! But for being one of the "big three" its skyline lacks far behind Tokyo and NYC. Iether way, I give it a 8.0/10
 
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i give it an 8/10 mainly cause of all the cool new towers being built there
 

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Great London pictures there! :)

Here is how the City of London celebrated Christmas this year!



Yes, Swiss Re has become a Christmas tree... :D
 

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well, right now the skyscraper skyline is nothing impressive, but there are some great historical buildings, so i give London a 8.
 

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London has come a long way in the last few years, but the skyline still has a long way to go to become equal with cities like sydney and melbourne. But what this city has, which sydney and melbourne will never have, is the unique and amazing mix between old and modern.

i give it a 6.5 for the skyline
but the older buildings add 2 to that score

so it gets a 8.5
 

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London has such great history and has played a pivotal role in world history for the last 2000 years. From an important Roman settlement, to the birthplace of countless famous people, to the heart of a massive empire, to a world financial powerhouse. So you can't really rate this city on just its skyline because so many buildings in London show off its great history.

So I give it a 9.

Just a pity it doesn't have a good climate. :D
 

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As a city, London gets at least a 9.5 from me.

However, as a skyline, only 5. For a metro of 15 mil the skyline is pathetically small, though it is growing.
 
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9/10. May have a small skyline, but it has a lot of potential and has made a big leap with the HSBC and Citigroup towers.
 

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To me, London has that feeling of growth and change with all the new buildings going up. So many world-reknown landmarks and lots of interesting architecture. I give it 8/10... get back to me in a few years and that score will be inching itself up.
 
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It's important to note that London is very Atlanta-esque - Large cities tend to have multiple cores of built up areas, I guess when I rate all of Londons skyline I deduct 1 point for my distaste of scattered skyscrapers & skylines - Canary Wharf is well put together! 7.5/10
 
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London is magical and gets a 10 as a city. I love London
tremendously. I'm very excited about all of the construction
going on. Skyline rating earns a 7.5/10.
 
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london as a city really deserves a 10, not even need to tell why.

but when it comes to skyscrapers, no matter how londoners in here try to defend it, and there's no way they can convince us that london has a great or amazing skyline, it is extremely poor for its size and importance.

i believe it has to do with london's authentic architecture, they never appreciated american-like buildings, they even disdained it, but now that they got over their prejudiced, they saw how much they've lost.

i read that some londoners protest against the construction of tall towers in this city, they don't want them to get built...
 

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Yeah, for height the London skyline is badly lacking. A world city of 11 million should have a dozen towers over 200m, but Ldn only has a few. However, it does have a wonderful mix of antique buildings which goes a long way to make up for its lack of modern towers. Plus some of the worlds great landmarks. Big Ben, Westminister, London Bridge and so on.

In five years London should be starting to look like a skyscraper city. It's getting there. St Mary's Axe is a great building, and lets hope the 310m London Bridge Tower gets the go ahead.
 

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What about historic buildings ?
the houses of Parliament, St Paul, Westminster Cathedral and Abbay, all the churches spires in the City they are all quite tall and can easily be distinguish in the skyline.

My favourite european city and favourite skyline. Messy in its arrangement, messy in terms of architecture, messy in height, a mix that create an unique atmos and skyline.

Constable London is nothing compared to XXI century London. The views from Waterloo bridge are dead fantastic. A modern, european and world city.
 
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