Not sure how we feel about some of these – do you agree?
Libel capital of the world
British libel laws are 170 years old and everyone from Boris Berezovsky to Jennifer Lopez and Kate Hudson have all brought cases here. In 2010, Barack Obama even introduced a law in America to protect US citizens from British courts.
Food capital of the world
Well, maybe, according to French chef Joel Robuchon, who pissed off a lot of his countrymen when he called London “very possibly the gastronomic capital of the world”. We’ve got everything from authentic pie and mash to Michelin-starred restaurants, plus food from practically every cuisine in the world here. So there.
Banking capital of the world
Brits, and Londoners in particular have a bizarre relationship with the banking industry. We loathe it, but are terrified they’ll take their big bucks elsewhere, plunging the country into deeper recession. “Perhaps a liberated London could become a different capital. World capital of moderate remuneration, says Bim Adewunmi
Breakfast capital of the world
This, after all, is the land of the full English breakfast…
Luxury homes capital of the world
Really, London has been called this too. A recent report by Christies International put London ahead of Hong Kong, Cote d’Azur, LA when ranked on record sales price, prices per square foot, and so on.
Money-laundering capital of the world
Apparently, for more than a decade there have been persistent rumours that London is one of the world’s money-laundering capitals. Last year Private Eye published a major investigation into the dirty money washing through British banks and tax havens.
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