Of all the cartographic studies we have made using available online data - Dublin, Milan, Guadalajara, New York and Istanbul - the map of London appears at first glance by far the most uniform in terms of overall colour distribution. This even colouring speaks of a well-balanced city in terms of population density, and the distribution of public transport, services and green areas.
With 50 different non-native nationalities speaking more than 300 different languages, London is one of the global capitals of the world. Which is probably also why both inhabitants and outsiders consider it the ideal setting for architectural, literary and scientific forward thinking.
This vast city stretches over what is to all intents and purposes a large flat plain.
Seen overall, the population density map shows two main gaps: the first in what could be described as the city’s...