Welcome to London
This time last year anticipation across the country was building as the global spotlight turned on the capital for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Games – and what a summer it was. For all those who visited, it created memories to last a lifetime.
But it was also an opportunity for us to promote the amazing cultural scene in this country – and particularly in our capital – to encourage people to keep coming back to Britain, whether it’s for a short weekend break or a much longer leisurely stay.
After all, we have so much to look forward to in 2013 and beyond. We have already seen the official opening of the Shard with its impressive views across the city; Redefining the London skyline – it stands as the tallest building in Western Europe. I’m sure it will be a huge sucess for tourists and Londoners alike and over time will prove to be just as popular as other landmarks such as the Tower of London, the London Eye, the National Gallery and Tate Modern. Theatre, exhibitions and performances abound and it’s difficult to choose what to see first, whether it be something at the Globe or something at the Royal Academy.
The London 2012 legacy story continues into July when, a year on from Danny Boyle’s outstanding opening ceremony, the best Track and Field talents in the world will return to the Olympic Stadium for the 2013 London Grand Prix and Paralympic Championships. The Olympic Park will also be the venue for the popular Wireless concerts that sees international headline acts such as Jay Z and Justin Timberlake perform alongside British sensations Emeli Sandé and Rita Ora.
There is so much going on in London this year in a city that has something for everyone – I hope you make the most of your stay.
Maria Miller MP Secretary of State for Culture,
Media and Sport and Minister for Women and Equalities
Welcome to London Messages
It went fabulously, approx 22,000 visitors to date. Maybe all down to the ad in This is London? We've extended by a week.
David Noton Photography