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Where does London really end?

The innermost City of London sees a fifty-five-fold population increase during the day. So how big is "London"—really?

By Alasdair Rae  

Where are the actual boundaries of London?

If someone were to ask you “what’s the population of London?,” you might be tempted to say “8.8 million,” because that’s how many people lived there in 2016 according to the Office for National Statistics.

If you’re a wonk with any sense of self-respect, however, you would be compelled to ask “what do you mean by London?” Or, if you’re an uber-wonk, you might go further, and ask: “what do you mean by ‘population’?”

Add these two questions together and you…

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