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London Compared to Other Cities

European Cities Squeezed into London

There’s a reason why London has never been nicknamed “The Medium-Sized Smoke”.

Because, for want of a better word, it’s big.

And we put together this map of London compared to other cities to prove it…

London compared to other cities

Click here for a really, really big version.

It turns out you could squeeze at least five other major European cities into it, and still have room spare. So we crunched the numbers, and figured out exactly which boroughs you could bundle together in order to come out at the same populations as:

Munich (1.4m)

Newham, Lewisham, Greenwich, Southwark, Tower Hamlets

Brussels (1.1m)

Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham, Wandsworth, Lambeth

Barcelona (1.6m)

Haringey, Enfield, Barnet, Hackney, Islington, Camden

Vienna (1.8m)

Bromley, Bexley, Havering, Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge

Paris (2.2m)

Brent, Ealing, Hounslow, Richmond upon Thames, Kingston upon Thames, Merton, Sutton, Croydon, Harrow, Hillingdon

Now click here for the really, really big version of that map.

The fine print: All populations, including London’s, are measured within city administrative limits not metro area (some sprawling cities, like Paris, include a large metro population who aren’t technically part of the city itself). Data for both London boroughs, and European cities come from 2014 estimates taken from Wikipedia. 


Like London map facts? Check out our guide to the biggest album to come out of every London borough


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