12 data maps that sum up London

Paul Kerley  BBC News Magazine  11 Nov 2014

Depiction of daily commutes into London (source: 2011 Census, ONS) Depiction of daily commutes into London (source: 2011 Census, ONS)
Depiction of daily commutes into London (source: 2011 Census, ONS)

A new collection of data maps of London reveals a city heaving with information.

A quick quiz question for you. How many football pitches could fit inside the Greater London boundary? Well, 220,000 of them would fill the space between Cockfosters and Croydon, Heathrow and Hornchurch.

That statistic is just one of thousands of facts and figures contained in a new book about London, which according to its creators is the most data-heavy capital of the world.

Geographer Dr James Cheshire and visual designer Oliver Uberti say their book – London: The Information Capital – is not an atlas, but instead a series of data portraits.

Scroll down to take a look at a few of their colourful and imaginative maps and infographics.  

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