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This map shows where tourists and Londoners take photos of the city

James Manning

Tourists love London – everyone knows that. But exactly which bits of our sprawling city are they actually seeing? This map by data visualiser Eric Fischer reveals all. Using ten years of geotagging data from Flickr, it plots photos by tourists in red and locals in blue. (How? Visitors’ photos span a short date range, while Londoners’ are spread over months or years. The yellow dots are photos without enough information to tell the difference.)

The result confirms all the clichés: the West End, Greenwich, South Kensington and the Beatles crossing at Abbey Road are all seething red. But here’s an interesting thing: of the 136 cities Fischer mapped this way, London was the most heavily photographed by locals. Turns out we love our city even more than the tourists do.

See more of Eric Fischer’s locals v tourist maps, and discover the best photos of London ever taken.

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