Living in London has appealed to countless generations of British and foreign nationals alike. The city´s charms are manifold, and so are the reasons why so many people consider living in London. People are attracted to living in London by its metropolitan flair and diverse cultural life, its spirit of adventure and entrepreneurialism, its numerous opportunities and different lifestyles, and maybe by its history. After all, for most of the 19th century, London was the largest city in the world and the head of a vast empire. Life in London also has economic advantages. As an "international centre of trade and innovation" (in the words of its mayor), this city offers a promising employment market to job seekers living in London, but also a pool of talent and skills for employers to pick from.