Though a study done by an American news organization might counter this one done by an English one, it is nevertheless validation of the greatness of one of the oldest cities in the western world.
London, capital of the world
A new study has found that the British capital outstrips 60 global rivals as an economic and cultural powerhouse
By Simon Calder
Published: 22 December 2007
London has topped the most exhaustive comparison ever compiled of the world's great cities in a finding that sees Britain's capital outstrip global rivals as a centre of economic performance and cultural significance.
Following months of research of population figures, financial markets, tourism trends, transport facilities and data relating to sports and arts events and transport, the study comes to a dramatic conclusion: London is the world's capital city.
The survey was carried out by The Independent and, for the first time, allows a direct comparison of global cities.
Around the world, civic competition is reaching new heights as cities strive to provide the finest creative, culinary and tourist experiences. This is creating powerhouses such as Delhi and Beijing.
Closer to home, Dublin, Edinburgh, and Glasgow are proving themselves to be dynamic Celtic conurbations. Yet it is London that rises above all other cities.
The measurable and objective data, which can all be found on The Independent's website, throws up some remarkable findings and reveals which urban rivals come out on top, which cities look set to climb rapidly up the rankings and which metropolises are seeing their grandeur and magnificence surpassed.