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Famous facts about London and our specialist business college

Posted 05 October 2015
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London is a fascinating capital city that attracts millions of students, tourists and businesses each year. Home to more than 50 non-indigenous communities and over 300 languages, it’s a truly cosmopolitan and incredibly welcoming city for overseas students. As a vital global financial centre and a powerhouse for business within the UK and Europe, it’s also the perfect place to start your career in business.

London is a fascinating capital city that attracts millions of students, tourists and businesses each year. Home to more than 50 non-indigenous communities and over 300 languages, it’s a truly cosmopolitan and incredibly welcoming city for overseas students. As a vital global financial centre and a powerhouse for business within the UK and Europe, it’s also the perfect place to start your career in business.

The world’s oldest stock exchange

The London Stock Exchange (LSE) is over 300 years old, making it the oldest stock exchange on the planet. With almost 3,000 companies from over 70 countries listed on the LSE, it ranks first in the world in terms of ‘internationality’. As of December last year, the LSE also has a market capitalisation of over US $6.06 trillion, making it the largest stock exchange in Europe and the third largest globally. The LSE is one of the important financial institutions that you’ll get to visit as part of your enrichment programme at Bellerbys London.

Greener than you think

It may be a bustling metropolis, but London is also packed with relaxing places in which you can unwind. London is 47% green space, including some spectacular hidden parks and gardens. Our Bellerbys London campus is located in Greenwich, which is in the very central Zone 2 of London. Despite its central locale, it’s also home to 183 acres of parkland and more open spaces than any other London borough, including Greenwich Park, London’s oldest royal park.

Greenwich in the movies

Being a historic part of London, just down river from Shakespeare’s Globe, and home to the famous Cutty Sark, Greenwich is packed with beautiful old buildings. It’s one of the reasons why film location scouts are so keen to use it in their movies. The recently closed Greenwich Hospital is now regularly used as a filming location, with recent shoots including About A Boy, starring Hugh Grant and Dirty Pretty Things, starring Audrey Tautou. Scenes from The Mummy Returns, Tomb Raider, Four Weddings and a Funeral and others have been filmed at the Old Royal Naval College too.

The most entrepreneurial city in the UK

If your passion is to one day own your own business, you’re in good company in London. The UK is booming in terms of start-up businesses right now, with a real entrepreneurial spirit leading to more than 581,000 new start-ups last year. London leads the way in terms of start-up numbers, particularly within the tech industries, where new ventures are popping up at an amazing rate, at sites like the Silicon Roundabout. It makes London a great place to start your career in business, and Bellerbys can help you get to where you want to be, with our unique bonds with local businesses, entrepreneurs and universities like the London School of Economics.

Mad about museums

You’ll never be short of fascinating things to see and do in London. The city is home to an impressive number of museums and galleries – more than 300, and growing. In our local borough of Greenwich, you’ll find one of the most unusual – the world’s only fan museum, which houses over 3,000 fans from all over the world, dating from the 11th century. You’ll find many more unusual London museums besides this one to inspire you.

The Bank of England – founded by a Scotsman

One of the world’s best known banks, the Bank of England (BOE) plays a vital role at the heart of the UK’s financial system, controlling currency and setting interest rates for the country. But the biggest bank in the UK, and the second oldest bank in the world, was actually founded by a Scotsman, William Paterson, in 1694. The Bank of England is secretly one of the city’s biggest buildings – with seven storeys above ground, but a vast three storeys underground. There’s more space underground at the BOE than there is above ground at London’s famous Tower 42 skyscraper, and £160bn of gold is locked up in its vaults. Bellerbys College in London has strong links to the BOE, and tours of the building form a regular part of our specialist business college’s enrichment programme.

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