At once ancient and modern, Britains cosmopolitan capitalhas no formal center; each of its areas boasts its own style and atmosphere. Central Londons royal palaces and grand hotels vie for the onlookers attention with its majestic parliament building. The financial districtthe Cityhas witnessed a flowering of daring and innovative modern architecture, which now mingles with the somber Tower of London and the greatest works of Sir Christopher Wren. The village atmosphere of Hampstead and Islington contrast with the 19th-century residential areas and museum districts of West London. ccompanied by engaging text from Marcus Binney,watercolor painter Graham Byfield vividly captures Londons history, people, and architecture.