New York – referred to as New
York City or the City of New York to
distinguish it from the State of New
York, of which it is a part – is the
most populous city in the United
States and the center of the New
York metropolitan area, the premier
gateway for legal immigration to the
United States and one of the most
populous urban agglomerations in the
world. A global power city, New York
exerts a significant impact upon
commerce, finance, media, art,
fashion, research, technology,
education, and entertainment.
Home to the headquarters of the
United Nations, New York is an
important center for international
diplomacy and has been described as
the cultural and financial capital
of the world.
London is the capital city of
England and the United Kingdom. It
is the most populous city in the
United Kingdom, with a metropolitan
area of over 13 million inhabitants.
Standing on the River Thames, London
has been a major settlement for two
millennia, its history going back to
its founding by the Romans, who
named it Londinium.
London's ancient core, the City
of London, largely retains its
1.12-square-mile (2.9 km2) mediaeval
boundaries and in 2011 had a
resident population of 7,375, making
it the smallest city in England.
Since at least the 19th century, the
term London has also referred to the
metropolis developed around this