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12 data maps that sum up London. Image copyright James Cheshire/Oliver Uberti A new collection of data maps of London reveals a city heaving with information.

12 data maps that sum up London

A quick quiz question for you. Six amazing infographics reveal what London’s really like. (Click on the image to make it bigger) A few fun facts for you stats fans: residents in Enfield are way happier than those in Hammersmith, Clapham is a great place to pull, and Islington (with a birth rate that’s way below average) is a great place to live if you want to avoid babies.

Six amazing infographics reveal what London’s really like

We love a good infographic, and James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti’s book ‘The Information Capital’ has some fantastic ones brimming full of great London stats. First up is the bright swirly image above which tells us that in 2012 Londoners watched nearly twice as many theatre performances as music gigs, and for every 100,000 of us we watched just 35 dance shows. (Click on the image to make it bigger) Now for the serious stuff, this is a life or death situation. What do we learn from this infographic? A Beginner’s Guide To South London’s Cultural Gems. First in a two-part miniseries picking out a few starting points on either side of the river.

A Beginner’s Guide To South London’s Cultural Gems

The old stereotypes about south London — a cultural black hole where cab drivers would never venture — are thankfully long in the past. Yet the attractions of the Surrey Side still elude some of those from north of the Thames. In fact, according to a survey by museum group CultureLine, 54 per cent of north Londoners never go south for either work or play. The great 1928 flood of London. 15 February 2014Last updated at 19:25 ET By Jon Kelly BBC News Magazine In 1928 the Thames flooded much of central London, with fatal consequences.

The great 1928 flood of London

It was the last time the heart of the UK's capital has been under water. How did the city cope and what has changed? It was after midnight when the river burst its banks. Disused Tube Stations Mapped – London Underground’s Ghost Stations. Early Road Pricing: London’s Lost Turnpikes. Since 2003, the road network of central London has been subject to the ‘Congestion Charge’; a £10 fee which drivers must cough up if they wish to brave the capital’s chaotic streets (thankfully, as a London cabbie, my taxi is mercifully exempt from the charge).

Early Road Pricing: London’s Lost Turnpikes

The idea of making people pay to use London’s roads is far from new. Between the 17th and 19th centuries, the capital operated an extensive system of toll gates known as ‘turnpikes’ which were responsible for monitoring horse-drawn traffic and imposing substantial charges upon any traveller wishing to make use of the route ahead. A diagram of London’s turnpike network from 1790 (image: Please click to enlarge. Just like today, certain lucky users were exempt from the charge- namely mail coaches, soldiers, funeral processions, parsons on parish business, prison carts and of course, members of the royal family.

The former toll-keeper’s house (on right) at Hampstead turnpike, opposite the Spaniards Inn. City Road Turnpike. Tired of London, Tired of Life. Vanished London - Architecture. 1895 – Rotherhithe Town Hall, London Architect: Murray & Foster Accepted design for Rotherhithe Town Hall, View from Neptune Street and Lower Road. After Rotherhithe Council merged with the old Bermondsey Borough Council in 1905, it cease to be... 1896 – Carlton Hotel, Pall Mall, London Architect: C.J. Phipps The Her Majesty’s Theatre adjacent, which still stands, is only indicated in these elevations. 1898 – St. Architect: Alfred Saxon Snell A major phase of new building took place in 1897-1901 at the St. BoringLovechild : @bablu121 here's the man with... Unreal City Audio. Exploring London's museums, heritage, architecture + culture. The view from the top of the Shard: London panorama of sights and sounds – interactive.

London: A Year in Maps. Mapping London editors James and Ollie look back at some of the many maps produced each year in London to highlight the highs and lows of London life.

London: A Year in Maps

As you can see there was more to 2011 than riots and Royal Weddings: hand drawn maps have never been so popular, nor have those showing transport and people’s use of social media. So before we head into 2012, take a moment to enjoy 2011′s cartographic delights. 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.

London Names. Olympic London deserted: it's a great time to be a tourist in the capital. Nothing 'mindless' about rioters. Civil disturbances never have a single, simple meaning.

Nothing 'mindless' about rioters

When the Bastille was being stormed the thieves of Paris doubtless took advantage of the mayhem to rob houses and waylay unlucky revolutionaries. Sometimes the thieves were revolutionaries. Sometimes the revolutionaries were thieves. And it is reckless to start making confident claims about events that are spread across the country and that have many different elements. In Britain over the past few days there have been clashes between the police and young people. London riots - third night. London riots / UK riots: verified areas. There is a context to London's riots that can't be ignored. Police in riot gear in Enfield, north London, on Sunday night.

There is a context to London's riots that can't be ignored

Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters Since the coalition came to power just over a year ago, the country has seen multiple student protests, occupations of dozens of universities, several strikes, a half-a-million-strong trade union march and now unrest on the streets of the capital (preceded by clashes with Bristol police in Stokes Croft earlier in the year). Each of these events was sparked by a different cause, yet all take place against a backdrop of brutal cuts and enforced austerity measures.

The government knows very well that it is taking a gamble, and that its policies run the risk of sparking mass unrest on a scale we haven't seen since the early 1980s. The UK riots: the psychology of looting. The first day after London started burning, I spoke to Claire Fox, radical leftwinger and resident of Wood Green.

The UK riots: the psychology of looting

On Sunday morning, apparently, people had been not just looting H&M, but trying things on first. By Monday night, Debenhams in Clapham Junction was empty, and in a cheeky touch, the streets were thronging with people carrying Debenhams bags. Four hours before, I had still thought this was just a north London thing. Hugh Orde: Now is not the time for police to use water cannon and baton rounds. One of the greatest strengths of British policing is that operational decision-making is conducted not by politicians, but by professional chief police officers who have spent their whole career in policing. While David Cameron today referred to some of the more extreme measures available to us, they are not new, and responsibility for their deployment remains entirely a matter for chief officers. There can be no confusion here at all; it is a fact that we cannot be ordered to police in a certain way but we will be held robustly accountable for what we choose to do or not do.

As one of only two officers in the country to have ordered the use of water cannon and baton rounds in public-order policing, my professional judgment is it would be the wrong tactic, in the wrong circumstances at this moment. Both require an extremely precise situation. Utilising baton rounds, an even more severe tactic, is fundamentally to protect life. Damn it or fear it, the forbidden truth is an insurrection in Britain. Damn it or fear it, the forbidden truth is an insurrection in Britain 18 August 2011 On a warm spring day, strolling in south London, I heard demanding voices behind me.

Damn it or fear it, the forbidden truth is an insurrection in Britain

A police van disgorged a posse of six or more, who waved me aside. They surrounded a young black man who, like me, was ambling along. They appropriated him; they rifled his pockets, looked in his shoes, inspected his teeth. Wrong Answers in Britain. An Open Letter to David Cameron’s Parents « Nathaniel Tapley. Image via Wikipedia Dear Mr & Mrs Cameron, Why did you never take the time to teach your child basic morality? Hidden London: 10 of the city’s lesser known delights. London has more than its fair share of must-see sights and instantly recognisable landmarks, but hidden down the side streets and tucked away in urban backwaters is a scattered collection of equally fascinating, lesser known icons.

Throw off the crowds and get to know an unfamiliar but intriguing side to London with our top ten. Dennis Severs’ House In this entrancing Georgian house, visitors find themselves in the home of a family of Huguenot silk weavers who, leaving half-eaten meals and candlelit rooms strewn with possessions, remain audibly just beyond reach. ‘Silent Night’ tours on Monday evenings are enchanting. Where: 18 Folgate St E1Underground: Liverpool StWebsite.