London, the "Big Smoke," is the capital of the United Kingdom and the second largest city in Europe. From Brixton to Big Ben and Bethnal Green to Heathrow, there is always something brewing in the "Great Wen."
Samuel Johnson is quoted too often for writing that "when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life," but the truth is that the British capital exhausts several million men and women - workers, tourists and the unemployed alike - on a daily basis. The city's comprehensive Underground moves 1.3 billion passengers per year over 402 kilometers of track, for just one metric of London's massiveness. And the 8.5 million people who call greater London home always have something to complain about – except having nothing to do.
London Fashion Week opened its doors today, but with a little less lustre then before. The Brexit has dampened the mood. Many in the fashion industry fear that it'll get increasingly difficult to recruit young, foreign talent after the UK leaves the EU.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has warned the UK it cannot negotiate bilateral trade deals in the period before it leaves the EU. London, meanwhile, is eyeing up China with talk of a 'golden era.'
Following its Golden Globes success, the musical throwback to the 1950s dominated the BAFTA awards with five gongs, including Best Film. Casey Affleck and Emma Stone picked up the Best Actor and Best Actress awards.