The centre of London is often given as the Charles I statue south of Trafalgar Square. It’s a handy convention for measuring distances to and from London. But where is the geometric centre?
A few years back, we did a little experiment. We pasted a map of Greater London onto cardboard, cut out the map, and then tried to balance it on a pin-head. The balance point, also known as the centre of gravity, can be said to be the geometric centre of London. Turns out that Lambeth North tube station is the centre of the city. But our technique was a little crude, and we were unable to be any more precise than that.
Step forward Tom Hoban, who’s now refined the method and thinks he’s found the centre of London to much greater precision. Rather than using cardboard and scissors, Tom traced an electronic map in AutoCAD software. He was then able to find the shape’s centre of gravity digitally, removing the imprecision of our balancing-on-a-pin malarky.
He, too, concludes that the centre is somewhere close to Lambeth North. Indeed, using a map with exact borders determined by Ordnance Survey, he’s able to pinpoint the location to a claimed accuracy of 40cm. For those who want it exactly, the point is The point is at E 531331.025, N179645.831 Lat 51Deg,30′ 1.806956″ Lon -0Deg, 6′ 33.458418″.
So, congratulations if you live in Greet House, off Frazier Street: your home is at the very centre of Greater London.
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