London could claim to be the capital of the world in 2012.
It will host the Olympics Games and mark the 60th year of the Queen's reign.
But away from the pomp and tradition, what is life like for the nearly eight million people who call it home?
The London Chronicles by Francesca Panetta brings you the voices and sounds of this historic and influential city.
Each audio journey leads you through the music, life, diversity and noise of the city.
(Image: Londoners on their daily commute. Credit: Getty Images)
For each chapter a word helps shape the journey, "home", "fear" and "loneliness".
This is London as you have never heard it before.
The London Chronicles was produced and directed by Francesca Panetta.
For the BBC Pandita Louram, Xavier Zapata and Pearce Lynch. Edited by Fiona Crack.