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London is the capital and largest city of England and the United Kingdom, with a population of just under 9 million. 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 its medieval boundaries. The City of Westminster, to the west of the City of London, has for centuries hosted the national government and parliament. Since the 19th century, the name "London" has also referred to the metropolis around this core, historically split between the counties of Middlesex, Essex, Surrey, Kent, and Hertfordshire, which since 1965 has largely comprised Greater London, which is governed by 33 local authorities and the Greater London Authority.

As one of the world's major global cities, London exerts a strong influence on its arts, entertainment, fashion, commerce and finance, education, health care, media, science and technology, tourism, and transport and communications. Its GDP (€801.66 billion in 2017) makes it the largest urban economy in Europe, and it is one of the major financial centres in the world. With Europe's largest concentration of higher education institutions, it is home to some of the highest-ranked academic institutions in the world—Imperial College London in natural and applied sciences, the London School of Economics in social sciences, and the comprehensive University College London. London is the most visited city in Europe and has the busiest city airport system in the world. The London Underground is the oldest rapid transit system in the world.

London's diverse cultures encompass over 300 languages. The mid-2018 population of Greater London of about 9 million made it Europe's third-most populous city, accounting for 13.4% of the population of the United Kingdom and over 16% of the population of England. The Greater London Built-up Area is the fourth-most populous in Europe with about 9.8 million inhabitants at the 2011 census. The London metropolitan area is the third-most populous in Europe with about 14 million inhabitants in 2016, granting London the status of a megacity.

London topic articles: Ecological restoration London - Food activism London

Networks and sustainability initiatives[edit | edit source]

  • Collective Community Action, "an assembly of individuals with a shared goal – to discuss, communicate, provoke and propose the changes needed to ensure communities are at the heart of urban change for the better."
  • Transition Town Kensal to Kilburn
  • Sustainable development, information from City, University of London,, added 16:04, 8 February 2022 (UTC)

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)

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]

Why are these Londoners cycling more and using cars less? 5 #ClimateSafeStreets families tell us...
Authors: London Cycling Campaign, Apr 6, 2022

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

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)


Housing[edit | edit source]

From Walter Segal to RUSS - the story of community-led housing in Lewisham
Authors: World Habitat, Oct 23, 2018

see also: Lewisham community action, Housing UK community action resources

London Community Land Trust: Creating communities through affordable housing
Authors: Cooperative City, Nov 17, 2020

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

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
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