LONDON: The Information Capital

LONDON: The Information Capital

100 maps and graphics that will change how you view the city


The British Cartographic Society

The BCS Award 2015

The Stanfords Award for Printed Mapping 2015

John C Bartholomew Award for Thematic Mapping 2015

In London: The Information Capital, geographer James Cheshire and designer Oliver Uberti join forces to bring you a series of new maps and graphics charting life in London like never before

When do police helicopters catch criminals? Which borough of London is the happiest? Is 'czesc' becoming a more common greeting than 'salaam'? James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti could tell you, but they'd rather show you. By combining millions of data points with stunning design, they investigate how flights stack over Heathrow, who lives longest, and where Londoners love to tweet. The result? One hundred portraits of an old city in a very new way.

Dr James Cheshire is a geographer with a passion for London and its data. His award-winning maps draw from his research as a lecturer at University College London and have appeared in the Guardian and the Financial Times, as well as on his popular blog, He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Oliver Uberti is a visual journalist, designer, and the recipient of many awards for his information graphics and art direction. From 2003 to 2012, he worked in the design department of National Geographic, most recently as Senior Design Editor. He has a design studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


  • The book is infinitely compelling, one you'll return to time and again, and full of 'wow, you have to see this' moments. It reinforces the notion that information really can be beautiful...

About the authors

James Cheshire

James Cheshire is a Professor of Geographic Information and Cartography at University College London. In 2017, the Royal Geographic Society honoured him with the Cuthbert Peek Award 'for advancing geographical knowledge through the use of mappable Big Data'.
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Oliver Uberti

Oliver Uberti is a former senior design editor for National Geographic, who continues to help scientists translate their research into memorable visuals. He has designed figures for a range of high-profile academics, including geneticist David Reich and his bestseller Who We Are and How We Got Here.
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