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The world in one city

London's review of the decade

By Claire Timms
New Media Editor, BBC London

It is hard to believe that 10 years ago we talked of a technological Armageddon - known as the Y2K bug - and wondered if the Millennium Dome would ever be completed in time for the nation's New Year celebrations or just become a white elephant.

Well, planes never did fall out of the sky and the Dome, sorry the O2, has become the world's most popular live entertainment venue.

As decades go it's been an eventful one.

Two days in July

The London Eye

Londoners have lived through major highs and lows and nothing illustrates this more than two days in July 2005.

Our celebrations for winning the 2012 Olympics quickly turned to mass mourning after a devastating terrorist attack on London's transport system.

The bombings on July 7 killed 52 innocent people.

It was one of the grimmest days in the capital since the Blitz in the 1940s.

The 7/7 effect

On reflection that single event carved up the decade.

Prior to 7/7 we embarked upon the Millennium with hope and excitement.

We had a booming economy in the City, new iconic buildings to marvel at, such as the Tate Modern and the Gherkin, and a victory parade for Rugby world cup winners.

Post 7/7, Londoners have endured heightened security on our streets, community tensions and a Metropolitan Police force dogged by controversy.

More recently, the worst economic slump in living memory has led to some self-doubt about London's position on the global stage.

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But through these turbulent times, London still thrives. It remains a destination of choice for lovers of history and fashion; of culture and consumerism; of possibilities and promise.

Also, despite our studied indifference towards one another, events have shown that Londoners do actually care about each other.

This was the decade when Londoners partied together through the glorious triumphs and stood shoulder to shoulder through the darkest tragedies.

The correspondent's view

BBC London's specialist correspondents assess how the capital has been transformed over the last 10 years.

Kurt Barling

Special Correspondent Kurt Barling examines how London has underlined its status as a Global City in the last 10 years and finds that there are costs as well as benefits.

Tim Donovan

Political Editor Tim Donovan finds that this was the decade when London discovered its voice and assesses the mayoralties of Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson.

Guy Smith

Home Affairs Correspondent Guy Smith looks back on a period of terror and turmoil, when the Metropolitan Police faced severe internal as well as external challenges.

Tom Edwards

Transport Correspondent Tom Edwards analyses how the last 10 years have affected one of the capital's most emotive issues: Transport.

Adrian Warner

Adrian Warner, our 2012 Correspondent, reveals the inside story and cast of characters behind London's successful bid to host the Olympic Games.

Pete Stevens

Sports Editor Pete Stevens casts his eye over an astonishing decade, which definitively proved that London is the greatest sports city on earth.

Brenda Emmanus

Arts and Entertainment Correspondent Brenda Emmanus reflects on the cultural decade and talks to key players in film, music, dance and art about the capital's performance.

A Decade in the Arts
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The International City
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Making a political noise
25 Nov 09 |  People & Places
Terror and turmoil
25 Nov 09 |  People & Places
The Big Squeeze
25 Nov 09 |  People & Places
2012's real team effort
25 Nov 09 |  2012
Sporting triumphs
25 Nov 09 |  People & Places
In Pictures: A changing landscape
26 Nov 09 |  People & Places
In Pictures: London's Decade
26 Nov 09 |  People & Places
In pictures: London's news year
19 Dec 09 |  London


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