List of companies based in London

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Canary Wharf is a major business and financial centre and is home to some of the UK's tallest buildings.

This is a list of companies in London, England. London is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. With an estimated 8,308,369 residents in 2012, London is the most populous region, urban zone and metropolitan area in the United Kingdom.[1] The city generates approximately 20 per cent of the UK's GDP;[2] while the economy of the London metropolitan areathe largest in Europe—generates approximately 30 per cent of the UK's GDP.[3]

London is one of the pre-eminent financial centres of the world and vies with New York City as the most important location for international finance.[4][5] Over half of the UK's top 100 listed companies (the FTSE 100) and over 100 of Europe's 500 largest companies have their headquarters in central London. Over 70 per cent of the FTSE 100 are located within London's metropolitan area, and 75 per cent of Fortune 500 companies have offices in London. London is home to 10 Global Fortune 500-ranked corporations[6]

Companies based in London[edit]

Broadcasting House in London is the headquarters and registered office of the BBC.
Waterside, the head office of British Airways
Floris of London is the oldest English retailer of toiletries and accessories and second oldest in the world after Farina gegenüber of Cologne, Germany.
GSK House, the current world headquarters of GlaxoSmithKline in Brentford, London
8 Canada Square, the world headquarters of HSBC in Canary Wharf, London
A Marks & Spencer store in the Westfield London shopping centre
A National Grid van working in central England
Royal Mail, headquartered in London, operates the Royal Mail Mount Pleasant Sorting Office (pictured), London's largest mail sorting office.
Sainsbury's headquarters at Holborn Circus, in Holborn London
The Shell Centre building in London. Royal Dutch Shell is headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands and its registered office is in London at the Shell Centre.
Swire headquarters, Swire House
Informa headquarters in London
Unilever House in London, the headquarters of Unilever




























Newspapers published in London[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ According to the European Statistical Agency, London is the largest larger urban zone which uses conurbations and areas of high population as its definition. A ranking of population within municipal boundaries places London first. However, the University of Avignon in France claims that Paris is first and London second when including the whole urban area and hinterland, that is the outlying cities as well
  2. ^ "London's place in the UK economy, 2005–06" (PDF). City of London. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 May 2006. Retrieved 11 March 2008.
  3. ^ "The Economic Positioning of Metropolitan Areas in North Western Europe" (PDF). The Institute for Urban Planning and Development of the Paris Île-de-France Region. December 2002. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 June 2008. Retrieved 27 August 2008.
  4. ^ "After the fall". The Economist. 29 November 2007. Archived from the original on 18 October 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2009.
  5. ^ "Financial Centres – Magnets for money". The Economist. 13 September 2007. Archived from the original on 5 August 2009. Retrieved 15 May 2009.
  6. ^ "London Stock Exchange". London Stock Exchange plc. 2008. Archived from the original on 9 June 2009. Retrieved 27 April 2008.