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This page is the beginnings of a portal for London community action. The majority of our information about this is collated via our place pages ...Near you

Most of this page focuses on London community action topics. Separate pages cover London news, Resources London, London community action events, and London and South East England

London is the capital and largest city of England and the United Kingdom. It stands on the River Thames in south-east England at the head of a 50-mile (80 km) estuary down to the North Sea, and has been a major settlement for two millennia. The City of London, its ancient core and financial centre, was founded by the Romans as Londinium and retains boundaries close to its medieval ones. Since the 19th century, "London" has also referred to the metropolis around this core, historically split between the counties of Middlesex, Essex, Surrey, Kent, and Hertfordshire, which largely comprises Greater London, governed by the Greater London Authority. The City of Westminster, to the west of the City of London, has for centuries held the national government and parliament.

London, as one of the world's global cities, exerts strong influence on its arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, health care, media, tourism, and communications. Its GDP (€801.66 billion in 2017) makes it the biggest urban economy in Europe and one of the major financial centres in the world. In 2019 it had the second-highest number of ultra high-net-worth individuals in Europe after Paris and the second-highest number of billionaires of any city in Europe after Moscow. With Europe's largest concentration of higher education institutions, it includes Imperial College London in natural and applied sciences, the London School of Economics in social sciences, and the comprehensive University College London. The city is home to the most 5-star hotels of any city in the world. In 2012, London became the first city to host three Summer Olympic Games.

London's diverse cultures mean over 300 languages are spoken. The mid-2018 population of Greater London of about 9 million made it Europe's third-most populous city. It accounts for 13.4 per cent of the UK population. Greater London Built-up Area is the fourth-most populous in Europe, after Istanbul, Moscow and Paris, with 9,787,426 inhabitants at the 2011 census. The London metropolitan area is the third-most populous in Europe after Istanbul's and Moscow's, with 14,040,163 inhabitants in 2016.

London topic articles[edit | edit source]

Climate action[edit | edit source]

London Climate Change Partnership

London is a member of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

Community involvement[edit | edit source]

London Citizens -Open Institute London

Arts, sport and culture[edit | edit source]

GoodGym, helps people get fit by doing good - London buses: one bus at a time - Magnificent Revolution, Bike Power People - Platform, describes itself as "bringing together environmentalists, artists, human rights campaigners, educationalists and community activists to create innovative projects driven by the need for social and environmental justice, (Wikipedia)

Wikipedia: London, Sister cities

Community and voluntary action[edit | edit source]

Just Space, Community groups cooperating on London planning - London Advice Services Alliance

Community energy[edit | edit source]

Repowering, empowering communities with clean, local energy

Community safety[edit | edit source]

Know Where To Go, online directory of support services for women dealing with domestic violence, rape, forced marriage, trafficking and prostitution -, real-time advice and information

Cycling activism[edit | edit source]

more video: Cycle Vision 4mins Online

The Bike Project, getting refugees cycling - The London Bike Kitchen, a DIY workshop where you can take care of your own bike - Barclays Cycle Hire, Barclays Cycle Hire - London Cycling Campaign


London Cyclist Blog

Wikipedia: Cycling in London, Barclays Cycle Hire, List of cycle routes in London, London Cycling Campaign, Prudential RideLondon

Education for sustainability[edit | edit source]

London Sustainable Schools Forum

Ethical consumerism[edit | edit source]

Fairtrade London

Free stuff[edit | edit source]

Free London, Londonist - - More London Free Festival

Health and wellbeing[edit | edit source]

Citizens data initiative

  • Right to Know, Learn about the systemic and environmental trends that could be impacting your health., enter your postcode for local results, added 10:26, 18 January 2022 (UTC)


Localism[edit | edit source]

Supporting community business in London,, added 10:36, 12 November 2021 (UTC)

List of markets in London W

Road safety[edit | edit source]


Stop Killing Cyclists, Facebook Discussion Group, is the direct action protest group set up after last November's terrible spate of cyclist killings in London. They arranged the mass Die-In at TfL HQ where 1,500 cyclists laid down in the road in protest at lack of safety investment in London.
Stop The Killing is the associated group of pedestrian, cycling and environmental grass-root activists who want to eliminate Traffic Violence which includes Westminster Living Streets, Stop Killing Cyclists and the Campaign Against Climate Change.[1]

Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle[edit | edit source]

London Community Resource Network - Recycle for London - The Restart Project, repair, don't despair! towards a better relationship with electronics - Restarters London, Meetup

Sharing[edit | edit source]

Little Village, a gift form one family to another.

Older Womens Co-Housing

Room for Tea, a new kind of home sharing network

Maps: mapjam-2016-london

Social inclusion[edit | edit source]

London Fairness Commission - No Second Night Out - The Loneliness Lab


  • 4in10, campaigning network of organizations working to improve the lives of the 4in10 children living in poverty across the capital.

Sustainable livelihood[edit | edit source]

East London Green Jobs Alliance

Sustainable transport activism[edit | edit source]

Electric vehicles: Source London information about London's electric vehicle charging network

Public transport: public transport directions for London within Google Maps - Transport for London, city transport authority

Walking: Metropolitan Walkers - Walk London - Transport for London walking - Inner London Area of the Ramblers' Association

Walking is a popular recreational activity in London, despite traffic congestion. There are many streets that provide interesting walks, especially within historic central London, In addition there are attractive commons, parks, canals, and disused railway tracks that provide space for walks. This includes Wimbledon Common, Epping Forest, Hampstead Heath, and the eight Royal Parks: Hyde Park, Regent's Park, Richmond Park, etc. In recent years access to canals and rivers, including the Regent's Canal, and the River Thames has been greatly improved, and as well a number of long-distance walking routes have been created that link green spaces.

Waterways: Thames21 - London Rivers Action Plan, the River Restoration Centre - Friends of Regent's Canal

Towards sustainable economies[edit | edit source]

My Fair London, an autonomous group associated with The Equality Trust that works to promote the findings contained in The Spirit Level.

Small Works

Urban sustainability[edit | edit source]


So you want to set up a low-traffic neighbourhood? Here's where to start. Nov 29 [2]


  • Leti, London Energy Transformation Initiative (LETI), network of over 1000 built environment professionals that are working together to put the UK on the path to a zero carbon future. Wide range of publications including, Climate Emergency Design Guide, and Embodied Carbon One Pager. added 10:52, 7 October 2021 (UTC)

Campaigns[edit | edit source]

Near you[edit | edit source]

Barking and Dagenham - Barnet - Bexley - Brent - Camden - Croydon - Ealing - Greenwich - Hackney - Hammersmith and Fulham - Haringey - Hounslow - Islington - Kingston upon Thames - Lambeth - Lewisham - Merton - Newham - Redbridge - Richmond upon Thames - Southwark - Sutton - Tower Hamlets - Waltham Forest - Wandsworth - Westminster

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See also[edit | edit source]

London news - London community action events - Food activism London - Resources London - London and South East England


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External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Press release, November 16, 2014
  2. The Guardian