This GIF Shows London Developing More Than 2,000 Years Of History

It grows a bit, as it turns out.

This GIF runs from the Roman Era right the way through to the present day.

White shows the roads, while the yellow represents protected buildings that still exist. Green is the establishment of villages around the capital. youtube.com

The full video, with explanations and sound is here.

It’s an amazing re-telling of exactly how the city grew over time. youtube.com

It was created by The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (UCL).


The London Evolution Animation (LEA) shows how London has developed throughout history, from Roman Times until today. The key points of reference are the road network data, which is the first time this has been brought together. It also shows the creation of statutorily protected buildings and structure from each period.

Following being shown at the Almost Lost Exhibition last month, it’ll be on permanent display at New London Architecture on Store Street, in a much more interactive and dramatic format.

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