Ten great London refugee citizens: Freddie Mercury, Rita Ora, Mo Farah, Judith Kerr and more legends

We pick out and celebrate 10 great Londoners with backgrounds as refugees.

Amidst the often toxic political debates about immigration and asylum seekers, it can be overlooked that we are a nation of international heritage - and have been for millennia.

Here we celebrate just 10 examples of the millions of people who have found sanctuary in the capital city of this drizzly little island, and look at what they have added to society.

Most of us will contribute in our own small ways during our lives, but some will go on to become Olympians, pop stars, actors, politicians or business leaders.

And that is no different among those who find asylum by travelling here to escape from war-torn nations and despotic regimes.

Whether it is Sir Mo’s incredible, gold-medal exploits on the track, the tale of The Tiger Who Came To Tea or the talented singers behind Bohemian Rhapsody, Don’t Stop Me Now or Your Song we have a lot to be thankful for.

Their contributions stretch from our dinner tables, to our incredible range of restaurants, to music venues and theatres and the seats of power.

London is a diverse, cosmopolitan metropolis due to the arrival of people from around the world.

LondonWorld is proud to celebrate that here.