London as you never seen it before

Front cover of The Information Capital

The Information Capital is a new book by geographer, James Cheshire and designer, Oliver Uberti. It has 100 maps depicting the city using a range of statistics

  • What is most left behind at Heathrow airport?
  • Who supports what team in London, and where do they live?
  • Where do people commute from into London?

Who London Inspired

A graph showing the lives of people inspired by London taken from Blue Plaques data from The Information CapitalThis map uses data from and Wikipedia to document people who lived in London and the work that London inspired them to create. If you have been to London you probably have seen the blue plaques placed by English Heritage around the city, showing where prominent figures across the ages have lived.

Relationship Status

Using data from the 2011 census this graph shows people's average relationship status based on age from The Information CapitalUsing data from the 2011 national census this graph shows the average age a Londoner is single, cohabiting, married, separated, divorces and widowed. It then has a group of maps, showing where this people are more likely to reside in the capital.

Islington has Issues

Using data from the 2011 census this graph shows people's average life satisfaction based on borough from The Information CapitalThis interesting diagram shows people’s average personal well being by borough. Since 2011 the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has asked UK residents to rate their feelings on life satisfaction, happiness and anxiety.

The Tube Challenge

This map shows the best route to complete The Tube Challenge from The Information CapitalIf you have visited the London Underground system (or The Tube as it is known by locals) you may have seen some people running with stop watches and a variety of snacks. Or you may have seen a group of drunken people that keep going around the Circle Line. The Tube has a variety of unofficial challenges associated with it, there is

  • The Circle Line challenge, where you have a drink at every stop on the Circle Line (practically impossible and not at all recommended)
  • Monopoly, where you visit every square on the Monopoly board and take a picture
  • Visit every tube station in the network

The last challenge is the hardest and was first completed in 1959 by R.J. Lewis and D.R. Longley and officially recorded in the Guinness Book of Records. Since then many people have continued to try this challenge, and it keeps on evolving as the network extends and more stations are added. Here is a map showing you one way you could complete the challenge.


This map shows London's ethnic diversity in each of the areas taken from The Information CapitalLondon always has and probably always will be one of the most ethnically diverse cities, and this was once again clear in the 2011 census. Using this information they have placed coloured dots, each representing a different ethnicity, meaning if there are more coloured dots that area is more ethnically diverse.

A True Zoo

A True Zoo series of scetches of endangered animals at ZSL London Zoo from The Information CapitalZSL London Zoo is actually home to 758 species of fauna and nearly 60% of their animals do not have a backbone. Every year the zoo has to log an official ‘stocktake’ into the International Species Information System‘s global database, which allows the zoo to collaborate with others from around the world in breeding programmes for endangered species. These series of scetches shows some of the zoo’s lesser known residents.

The Football Tribes

A map showing people's football allegiance in London  from The Information CapitalLondon has thirteen professional football clubs, each with it’s own set of fans. Football is the UK’s national sport (even if we are pretty bad at it as a national team) so what team you support is a big deal, especially in the city. This map has different coloured squares for each club in the city, showing the most tweeted hashtag in that area for the teams. You can clusters of fans around each of the stadiums, but there is a more general mix as you go further out of the city.

Home to Work

A map of the south of the UK showing people's daily commuter routes taken from The Information CapitalNow this map shows people’s daily commuter routes, with London as a glowing central body, with many routes in and out of the city. But people who work in London on average have a commute of 30 minutes, whereas only 20% of people outside of London have a commute of a similar time.