The Greatest City in The World by Sarah Sands

What an astonishing year this has been for London. The Olympics and Paralympics confirmed what we already sensed — that this is the greatest city in the world. We gave the athletes a glorious setting — and they explored new horizons of human achievement. Thomas Heatherwick’s Olympic cauldron became a symbol of the wonder of design; the Olympic Park magnificently married industrial waterways with twisted steel and flower meadows; familiar landmarks took on a whole new beauty. History and modernity fused in red, white and blue, helped by an army of volunteers and a generosity of spirit.

Olympic Flower Meadow

The Olympic Torch

Olympic Park

The cultural diversity of the city was on joyful display: where else would we find, as Labour leader Ed Miliband pointed out, Zara Phillips, the granddaughter of a parachuting Queen, in the same team as a boy born in Somalia called Mo Farah? Quite simply, the world fell in love with us.

Mo Farah

Zara Philips

All across the city in this Jubilee year, London arts and fashion exploded into vibrant life. Restaurants and retail defied the recession with confident new openings. We welcomed the new Burberry store in Regent Street and the Colbert restaurant in Sloane Square, among others.

Burberry, Regent’s Street

Colbert, Sloane Square

Daniel Craig as James Bond in Skyfall

The Rolling Stones Tour 2012/2013


Tech City, London’s “Silicone Valley”

The east of London established itself as a throbbing, alternative centre of life, and Tech City is giving Canary Wharf a run for its money. New buildings such as The Shard changed the London skyline. Blockbuster art exhibitions from Freud, Hirst and Hockney reminded us of modern masters, while London theatre, music, opera and dance showed us a dazzling level of artistic skill. And now, to take us into the darker evenings, a new James Bond and the return of the Rolling Stones. The creativity of Londoners is truly boundless: who would not be here?
Sarah Sands of The London Evening Standard


Sunday, November 25, 2012 · Categories: Consumer Intelligence, Architecture and Design , Lifestyle
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