Nottingham is a city and unitary authority area in Nottinghamshire, England, 128 miles (206 km) north of London, in the East Midlands. Nottingham has links to the legend of Robin Hood and to the lace-making, bicycle (notably Raleigh bikes) and tobacco industries. It was granted its city charter in 1897 as part of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Nottingham is a tourist destination; in 2011, visitors spent over £1.5 billion—the thirteenth-highest amount in England’s 111 statistical territories.6
In 2015, Nottingham had an estimated population of 321,5507 with the wider urban area, which includes many of the city’s suburbs, having a population of 915,977. Its urban area is the largest in the east Midlands and the second-largest in the Midlands.8 The population of the Nottingham/Derby metropolitan area is estimated to be 1,610,000.4 Its metropolitan economy is the seventh largest in the United Kingdom with a GDP of $50.9bn (2014).9 The city is also ranked as a sufficiency-level world city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network.10
Nottingham has an award-winning public transport system,11 including the largest publicly owned bus network in England12 and is also served by Nottingham railway station and the modern Nottingham Express Transit tram system.