Greater London

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Greater London is a county of south-eastern England which encompasses the greatest part of the London conurbation. It was created in 1965, incorporating the County of London (which by that date included just central and inner London, and not the city's twentieth century suburbs), most of Middlesex, and parts of Hertfordshire, Essex, Kent, and Surrey. It is divided into 32 London boroughs as well as the ancient City of London. Greater London was administered between 1965 and 1986 by the Greater London Council (GLC). This was abolished for political rather than administrative convenience, and between 1986 and 2000 London was run by a collection of statutory and ad hoc bodies. In 2000 the Greater London Assembly and the post of elected executive Mayor of London were created to run the capital. The last leader of the GLC, Ken Livingstone, became the first Mayor of London (a post not to be confused with that of the ceremonial Lord Mayor of London); in 2008 he was succeeded in that post by Boris Johnson.

Greater London has an area of 610 square miles (1579 sq km) and a population of 7.5 million (2006).

Administrative divisions of Greater London

  • London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
  • London Borough of Barnet
  • London Borough of Bexley
  • London Borough of Brent
  • London Borough of Bromley
  • London Borough of Camden
  • London Borough of Croydon
  • London Borough of Ealing
  • London Borough of Enfield
  • London Borough of Greenwich
  • London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham
  • London Borough of Hackney
  • London Borough of Haringey
  • London Borough of Harrow
  • London Borough of Havering
  • London Borough of Hillingdon
  • London Borough of Hounslow
  • London Borough of Islington
  • Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
  • Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
  • London Borough of Lambeth
  • London Borough of Lewisham
  • London Borough of Merton
  • London Borough of Newham
  • London Borough of Redbridge
  • London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
  • London Borough of Southwark
  • London Borough of Sutton
  • London Borough of Tower Hamlets
  • London Borough of Waltham Forest
  • London Borough of Wandsworth
  • City of Westminster

The titles 'Royal Borough' and 'City' do not imply any different powers or functions but are purely honorific.

Greater London also incorporates the City of London.

Westminster Palace by Charles Barry.
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