LONDON RISING

How London became the centre of the world
Three decades of growth reinvented the urban landscape in London—and transformed it into the preeminent global city. But amid growing pains and with Brexit looming, can it stay on top?
Can London remain the world’s great trading city and an appealing place to live? The idea that London teeters on the edge of unraveling seems unimaginable, especially as construction cranes continue to swivel across the cityscape. It also undervalues historic strengths embedded in London’s DNA that have carried this conglomeration of villages through 2,000 years.
Londoners like to talk about their city’s resilience. They predictably point to its survival through plague, the Great Fire of 1666, and the bombing raids during World War II, known as the Blitz, as evidence it will prevail against today’s challenges, including its European divorce.