The Greater London area is covered by the Metropolitan Police Service and the City of London Police data sets. There is also a version that animates through the last 48 hours. The 2012 Olympics increased prices around Stratford station on the Central Line as … This is a classic geographic problem with where you live determining how much you pay to a greater extent than almost any other factor. Moped Users Cool people travel around on motorscooters/mopeds right? Copyright Spatial Analysis/James... [Updated with additional technical detail – see below] Here’s a fascinating data map of ground deformation (subsidence, upswelling) in central London, based on data from 2011-2017 and recalibrated to show the average annual change – be it rising (blue = 2mm/year upwards) or sinking (red = 2mm/year downwards). While a map with regular geographical features certainly has its place, sometimes stripping nearly everything away can be just as clear and informative. It is up to the reader to decide which if any of these is a true picture of “cool” London! Background map copyright Google 2013. Whether you’re a citizen, business owner, researcher or developer, the site provides over 700 datasets to help you understand the city and develop solutions to London’s problems. To our surprise it made it to page 3 of the Metro (the next day was a monkey that looks like Einstein, so we are in good company) and was picked up by many of the national newspapers and science press. It’s great seeing a small startup taking a concept and making it a physical product – and even better if it involves a map of the iconic London Underground. You can also compare with an older RODS from 2012, to see where the commuter populations are rising (or otherwise). ones which are not “street” trees or otherwise appear on private land.) Narrow Street (near Canary Wharf) also appears. Roads with more buses running along them are wider and redder, those with fewer buses are narrower and yellower and those with no buses have been excluded. Thanks to Ed (@EdThink) for allowing the graphic to be reproduced. Map Copyright: Transport for London February: Tweets in London UCL CASA researchers Steven Gray and Oliver O’Brien produced a heatmap of London, based on geolocated Twitter data, collected through February. Not long now until Christmas Day – if you are having a last minute present crisis, our list includes direct links, so you can browse, order, sit back and relax in the knowledge that the present selections for your London map geek friends (or yourself!) Well, it was at the time (and still is) the only London borough that had donated its street tree data in this way. On the reverse side, a short guide details why each of these trees is worth making a special visit too: In these current locked-down times, your options for visiting more than the nearest one may be visit, but once London life returns to normal, then this map is your ideal tool for an arboreal adventure. It’s when you move away from the centre that interesting clusters appear. This is the Dunwich Dynamo, a 120-mile free sportive, that takes place overnight once a year, where upwards of 1000 cyclists head out of London, towards the Suffolk coast. The first illustrates the great educational divide in the city. While the map is a bit naughty in its colour scheme, using various different hues to represent a linear scale (number of charge points in each borough), can also see the key metric simply from the size of the circle representing each borough. The map contains data which is CC-By-SA OpenStreetMap and contributors (the River Thames) and which is Crown Copyright Ordnance Survey (OpenData)... Congratulations to Cycle Lifestyle, who have won £6000 in funding for “creating a colour coded Tube style map of the Capital’s cycling network” in the GeoVation Showcase event that took place last week at the Ordnance Survey. Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2011. There are more subtle things to look out for such as an almost perfect outline for the Olympic Stadium: …and also the individual Heathrow terminals: There are of course many extra ways we can visualise the data and it only represents the people that use twitter and have their locations switched on. For an interactive version of the graphic (using a slightly older dataset) I recommend looking at Dimi Sztanko’s excellent visualisation. This particular variable was already mapped by property and mapping/charting whizz Neal Hudson, and was picked up by the Economist as a good measure too. Next up were a couple of snapshots, featured in the Times Atlas of London, of the interactive map of London surnames I produced earlier this year. A different shade of green, showing park footprints, is underlaid to further emphasise likely tranquil locations. Certain geographical features of London appear simply by looking at where people were tweeting from. London has taken a long time to get to its current “very nearly complete” status (in terms of road coverage) because, having been worked on early on in the project’s life, it was a testbed for techniques. Below, for example, shows where the Green Party vote was, with the sizes of the circles here being proportionate to the votes... A website calling for a Greater London National Park launched today (1 April) although it’s keen to point out that it’s not actually an April Fool, but a (half-)serious idea – although it is just a Notional Park for now. I’m directly involved with a similar project at a different scale, by another UCL Ph.D. I’m carrying a GPS unit 24-hours a day for the next two months, along with around 50 other volunteers. This is one of the many data visualisation and design postcards that Stefanie Posavec and Georgia Lupi sent each other of the course of a year. Queen’s Park in Westminster borough). Planning laws disallow tall buildings that would impede on such views – either directly blocking the view, or significantly changing the landscape of the iconic building’s backdrop. What I really like is the little cars moving around the streets, trains moving along the railway lines and in and out of the stations, and ships on the Thames. Above – crime rate for each London ward, based on crimes per resident population, 2014/15, Met Police area only. Unsurprisingly, pollution is worse at junctions and where there is lots of static traffic, with the popular cycling routes around Waterloo Bridge and the Strand particularly affected. The website points out the large number of parks in London (over 2000) and also that it is a city mainly of houses and gardens than high-rise flats, as such the “greenspace” of private gardens forms a not insubstantial portion of the capital’s land use. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. Think you know the standard tube map by heart?) There are also some trees that were added manually before, and have been added manually since, by other OpenStreetMap contributors. The slightly overlapping circles also look a little like a cartoon exhaust cloud, which may have been a deliberate idea. The Boroughs this time have been scaled by the number of children living in poverty. It clearly reveals London’s linguistic clusters, from Arabic to Yiddish and Lithuanian to Tamil. The graphic shows that in some of London’s boroughs, the figure is (relatively) low – and remember, 50% of properties in such boroughs sold for lower still. Each trail is a single trip between a known origin and destination station. Simply attach a plugged in USB key to provide power. The London boroughs are: City of London, Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Camden, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, Westminster. Below (source) is a variant of the “famous” John Snow map produced in 1854, showing deaths by household, each as a black bar moving away from the street entrance to each house. The technique is both clever and simple at the same time – it’s a neat bit of D3.js programming, and the results are easy to interpret and navigate. Such as a nice big garden, and being away from the “urban heat island” that makes London hotter than the surrounding regions. Above is a map from Mapping London co-editor Dr Cheshire’s new book The Information Capital that appeared in this week’s Time Out (print & online). N.B. Additionally, data is produced for the Greater London Urban Area. It’s based on an original SVG map, collected from public-domain measured coordinates and posted on Wikimedia by Ed G2s and James F, subsequently updated for Wikipedia by David Cane. The numbers may be of surprise to some – a £500,000+ “average house price” figure has been popular in the press recently, because it sounds like a huge number and so worth shouting about – but it’s worth bearing in mind that this is a simple average. They are somewhat analogous to political wards, except that they change if their populations decrease below, or increase above, thresholds, whereas wards tend to remain constant. The Mayor’s Planning Unit are working with London’s planning authorities on an ambitious project to collate and share spatial planning data for the whole of London. Try defining your own at DataShine: Census. It shows that the deep-level tube lines are worse for PM 2.5 than the “cut and cover” ones (which form the border circuit of the map here), but that pretty much everywhere in the zone has PM 2.5 readings above the WHO safe limit. It is a heatmap of sorts, with particular locations where the level of tweets are very high. It’s not quite right – it’s missing Cambridge to Liverpool Street, and Bedford to Luton for example, and is also missing a few towns, e.g. The bike data is supplied by Adrian Short and scraped from the TfL... Two interesting maps of football clubs and London: First, Dean of The Londonist has mapped out the various locations of London’s football clubs over time. You can see the map at Towards the north, more Turkish tweets (blue) appear, Arabic tweets (green) are most common around Edgware Road and there are pockets of Russian tweets (pink) in parts of central London. Trees tend to have a characteristic canopy shape and variation (i.e. JUMP bikes – weekend usage heatmap from Uber Movement. Map of London’s Craft Breweries Craft breweries have bring springing up in all corners of London recently, as the capital has acquired a taste for chilled, hoppy local brews rather than the big chains. This technique has been used in hexagonal and square forms before and I think it’s an effective way of simplifying borough boundaries (which are largely unfamiliar to most people) while preserving borough separations to show a changing picture across the capital. You even get the classic sounds if you then click the speaker icon on the top left. For a magazine article, I produced the above map of London, with help from a colleague Steven Gray, who collected the data across several weeks using some technologies he has developed. January: Congestion Charge Shrinkage The Mayor of London removed the Congestion Charge’s Western Extension (WEZ), shrinking the zone back to its original area east of Park Lane. As the map above shows, the City and West-End rank among the areas with the greatest potential to recycle energy currently wasted. More details on the technique are on my blog. The website is interactive – you can click on a dot to find out the names of the establishment concerned. Data from DfT, TfL and LB Southwark. The overall piece is a lovely bit of digital cartography that shows effectively and attractively the residential history of this London suburb. The images contain data which is CC-By-SA OpenStreetMap contributors. There are about as many trees as people in London, and 21% of the capital’s land area is covered by them. Get the book on Amazon. It’s a great effort by UbiSoft – showing geolocated social media activities on maps is not new but this comprehensive aggregation and polish has created a compelling glimpse of London’s “online” presence and hopefully it will continue after the game’s launch. As a bonus, the website also contains a map by Ben Hennig of WorldMapper (and soon LondonMapper) fame, showing the distribution of hedgehogs in London, with the boroughs distorted to show their hedgehog population rather than their geographical area. The latest official estimate of the population of London comes from the Office for National Statistics.According to their data, the estimated population of Greater London in 2016 is 8,787,892. Brett Camper has taken the OpenStreetMap database for several cities around the world, including London, and applied a styling that is reminiscent of the blocky graphics of early-1980s computer games. Look out for the tweets from Heathrow’s runway! This data map, from UCL CASA‘s own Ed Manley, shows the top destination station, for each starting station, in and around London. Other features – such as along a road in the North West that suffered severe roadworks during the collection period, the A13/Eurostar travel line running along estuarine Essex, and the runways of Heathrow Airport, also appear. It has been running since 2004. Technology Workforce: Proportion of population employed in the information and communication industry sector. Unsurprisingly, Thames-side London is well and truly in the drink, with some new islands appearing at Wimbledon Common, Kingston Hill and Richmond Park, while Shooters Hill, Crystal Palace, Highgate and Epping Forest form new peninsulas. The routes are calculated using Routino and OpenStreetMap... Ollie O’Brien, one of the contributors to this blog, has produced a map, which updates in near-real-time, of the full/empty states of the 350-odd docking stands in the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme in central London. But opting out of some of these cookies may affect your browsing experience. It is an aggregation of data that is © Transport for... You may remember this map produced by Mapping London co-editor James in 2012. The demography of London is analysed by the Office for National Statistics and data is produced for each of the Greater London wards, the City of London and the 32 London boroughs, the Inner London and Outer London statistical sub-regions, each of the Parliamentary constituencies in London, and for all of Greater London as a whole. Many websites and applications took advantage of this data to build crime maps of London's neighbourhoods. The background map makes a point of naming, and so highlighting, only smaller roads, rather than larger noisy artery roads, and also showing some water features, including, unusually, underground rivers such as the River Fleet. Be it crime, temperature, overcrowding or pollution, the Central line always wins. The HERE JavaScript API is optimised for showing data like this, resulting in fluid animation and navigation that should work well both on desktop and smartphone. The London Datastore is a free and open data-sharing portal where anyone can access data relating to the capital. This is an extract of a map, by Matt Ashby, formerly of the UCL SECReT (Security and Crime Science) lab, that takes open data on crime locations, analyses and filters the data for hotspots, and shows the concentrated areas of crime by colouring in a road network map sourced from Ordnance Survey open data. And yes, our collective tongues are very firmly planted in our own cheeks. Checkins are grouped into Eat, Drink, Shop and Entertainment, each colour-coded – clusters of places being alpha-blended to increase their visibility. After inferring the times and locations of each bus boarding and alighting, bus and rail transactions are combined to reconstruct each cardholder’s daily travel history. The map is zoomable and the volume of tweets means that popular locations stand out even at a high zoom level. Your current view gets turned into a Pac-Man game! Tube trains are shown as blobs moving along their network – the map is near-live, although the trains locations are based on timetabled frequency rather than actual live position. the CCTV camera images don’t display... A map full of striking patterns, from Savills’ analyst Neal Hudson. Nairn’s London There is a new reprinting of Nairn’s London, a 1966 classic, quirky guide to a... London has many football clubs – but where in London do their supporters live, work or go out? The more ubiquitous social networks Facebook and Twitter have subsequently adopted the idea of checking in you (& your hopefully willing friends) but Foursquare was the pioneer and has amassed a huge set of data showing the social places that people visit. Purpler colours indicate a higher proportion. Samuel Johnson said you are then tired of life. One thing you can’t really avoid though is pollution (although I accept cyclists probably aren’t much worse off than pedestrians and drivers in this respect). The map was produced using Ordnance Survey and GiGL (Greenspace Information for Greater London) data and aims to map all of London’s green space and water. The map is a graphical representation of data supplied to digital mapping data providers, so that they can program in the correct speeds for satnavs in cars. The project has likely resulted in the slight drop in levels seen, although extensive compensation grouting has aimed to minimise the changes. This has data on the approximate weekday volume of passengers between each pair of stations on the network, and entering/exiting the stations, at 15-minute intervals. Bonus Map: The Index of Multiple Deprivation 2010 was published in March. The data is Copyright OpenStreetMap contributors, 2015, under the Open Database Licence, and the origin of most of the data is a bulk-import supplied by Southwark Council. You can see most of it below. (Note also that the map possibly normalises based on activity, so that when the Dynamo starts at around 8pm, other cycling activity in London is less prominently represented. You can see Scott’s map on this tweet which links to a PDF of the map. From the Yoshino Cherries to the Handkerchief Tree, and from a fig tree near Angel, to an... An eye-opening version the Tube Map for central London was published by the FT today (& on Twitter). An artist produced a one-off tube map circuit board which was a working radio, a few years back. The Nike Grid was an Alternative Reality Game (ARG) for runners, held over two weeks on the streets of London late last year. In the extracts shown here, the top map shows bicycles (red) vs lorries (blue) across inner London. Still, it has good coverage in many parts of London and reveals interesting patterns, not only in planting patterns differing coverage across different streets, but also the variation of species – for example, the red dots in the extract below show lines of pear trees in Marylebone. The Met Police release the approximate locations and category of all crime reports in London. There are 700,000 journeys on this map with the most popular roads in red, falling to orange, yellow, white then grey. Other red lines show electrical ducting projects and other utilities/infrastructure projects. The creators have also been careful to make clear what they are showing – it is the average price per square foot of properties for sales within half a kilometre of each of the tube stations, based on data from Zoopla on 1 May 2016. Data for recent days are constantly being revised as more information becomes available. There are locally interesting patterns too – a late night “palpitation” as the theatres close, early afternoon flutters as school kids get the tube home in suburbia, and double-morning rush hour peaks in parts of east London, perhaps showing the traditional blue-collar 8am start and the white-collar 9am start. We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. This website uses cookies to improve your experience. The data was obtained from 150 remote sensing images captured by the TerraSAR-X satellite and other InSAR (Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar) sources. It is also quite a green borough, with a high density of street trees, second only to Islington (which ironically has the smallest proportion of green space of any London borough). There are some clues in this help page, which also reveals that a Google red pin parker, and “Peg Man”, the Street View icon, are the top two “cherry” bonus objects that you might find. 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