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Marylebone Village and London

John Lennon and Yoko Ono lived here as have Madonna and Guy Ritchie. Marylebone, an area in the City of Westminster within the larger city of London (London is made up of 32 such boroughs) is a vibrant, stylish, diverse, and colorful neighborhood. AIU London is right on its main street, Marylebone High Street. But before we introduce you to Marylebone-pronounced either Mar(i)-lee-bone or Mar'l-e-b'n-let's look at the larger city of London.

The capital of the U.K. and the most populous city in the European Union (about 7.5 million in the city proper and a total of 14 million when including the metropolitan area), London is a city unlike any other. There are more than 300 languages spoken within the city and 50 non-indigenous communities with a population greater than 10,000. London produces 17 percent of the U.K.'s GDP and is one of the world's major business, political, fashion, and cultural centers.

If the London metropolitan area were a country, it would be the 13th largest economy in the world. More than 100 of Europe's 500 largest companies are headquartered in London, and the London foreign exchange market is the largest in the world with an average daily turnover greater than the New York and Tokyo exchanges combined.

But London isn't just business. One of the "big four" fashion capitals (alongside Paris, New York, and Milan), London is home to design houses Burberry, Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Stella McCartney, and Vivienne Westwood and renowned department stores like Harrods and Harvey Nichols. London also has a world-class theatre scene and some of the best museums. In July 2005, London beat out Paris, New York, Moscow, and Madrid to host the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

And now back to the neighborhood that could be your home for a few quarters while you study abroad at AIU. Marylebone is where you'll find a sense of community within the bigger city. Escape to nearby Regents Park-London's largest-or enjoy a cup of tea or coffee at any of the coffee shops and bakeries tucked into the neighborhood's back alleys. Head to the corner pub for trivia night, curl up in a plush chair at a tiny bookstore (you won't find a Borders or Barnes and Noble here), or walk to see a musical in the West End. Being a student in Marylebone, in the heart of London, helps to ensure your AIU London education extends beyond the classroom.
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