London - a global capital of culture


  • London is home to 557 art galleries
  • Three of the top 10 museums and galleries in the world are in London¬†
  • There are more languages spoken in London than in any other city in the world
  • There are more than 17,000 music performances a year across London's 300+ venues, including The 02 - the world's most popular music venue for the last five years running
  • London has over 170 museums, including 11 national museums. They include the British Museum, home to thousands of years of culture, including the Rosetta Stone (196 BC)
  • London presents more live comedy than any other city in the world, from hosting new talent in the back rooms of pubs to the likes of Ricky Gervais and Michael McIntyre performing in major arenas
  • London has played a major role in countless films, from A Clockwork Orange and Harry Potter to Notting Hill and Skyfall and is now the world's third busiest film production centre, with over 14,000 'shooting days' in 2011
  • From the first performance of Shakespeare at The Globe in 1599 there are now at least 200 shows to choose from every day across London's West End, including current hits Matilda and War Horse

Source: Greater London Authority