London on Amazing Old (and New) Maps

Check out what London would look like without the Thames Barrier, the last 1016 years, the Great Fire, or Sir Christopher Wren.

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What London would look like in a flood season if it weren’t for the Thames Barrier.

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The settlements in what is now London around the turn of the first millennium. Via Londonist

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The damage of the Great Fire in 1666. The entire paler region by the river essentially burned to the ground.

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Sir Christopher Wren’s design for rebuilding the City in the aftermath of the Great Fire.

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The boroughs of London in 1895.

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The location of every bomb dropped on London during the Blitz.

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Tube map from 1908, still showing where the lines actually went.

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London tube map designed by Harry Beck in 1931, after he realized that where the lines go is pretty much irrelevant.

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What London would look like if Harry Beck’s tube map actually showed the right shape.

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The Abercrombie Plan, a set of concentric rings of motorways proposed after the Second World War.

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How long you can expect to live in London, sorted by nearest tube station.

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London’s ethnic diversity.

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London vs. UK: each colored segment has a population the same size as the capital.

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Non-English languages most commonly spoken in different regions around London.

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Alternative tube map with much more appropriate names for the stations.

via Buzzfeed



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