Luton lies 30 miles North of London within Bedfordshire. It has a population of around 250,000 people. Luton is within easy reach of central London making it a useful commuter destination for those wishing to work in the capital.
Luton's airport is a hub for employment and a large contributor to the town's economy. Companies with head offices based in Luton Airport include airlines easyJet and Monarch and travel agent Thomson UK. Luton's service sector provides large employment opportunities within Luton.
There is plenty to do in Luton and it is home to a wide variety of shops, restaurants, museums and theatre. Luton also hosts Europe's largest one day carnival, the Luton Carnival, which takes place annually. Over 150,000 people line the streets of Luton to watch the carnival and around 2000 people participate in the festivities each year.
The main shopping area in Luton is centred on The Mall which is an indoor shopping centre that was built in the 1960s/1970s. The shopping centre has had some construction and re-designs and now has a brand new square used for the town's leisure events, as well as a wide selection of new food restaurants . Within the main shopping centre is the Market, which is home to many independent retailers. Bury Park is also a major shopping area within Luton; it boasts many shops catering to the town's ethnic minorities.
Luton Airport is one of the UK's busiest airports and has departures to over 90 destinations worldwide. Luton is the 5th largest passenger airport in the UK, with around 9 million passengers a year.