It appears that, even in terms of territory, things aren’t always as they seem.
Many believe the City of London is one of the biggest cities in England. It’s even referred to as ‘the City’ by many United Kingdom natives, implying incredible size.
However, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
With an area of only 1.12 sq miles, the City of London is the smallest English district by size. It is the second smallest in population, beaten only by the Isles of Scilly.
Why, then, do so many people think the City of London is massive?
The problem seems to be mostly semantic. Similar to the difference between New York and New York City, the City of London is located within a greater area known as London. This London, despite not being known as the City of London, is considered a city, and is in fact England’s capital city.
A number of famous landmarks are located in the City of London, including St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Old Bailey.