New technology reveals that Trafalgar Square is not the centre of London.
For more than 300 years, a plaque on Trafalgar Square has marked the traditional dead centre of London from which all distances to the capital are measured.
But new mapping techniques have now revealed that the capital’s real ‘bullseye’ in fact lies 900 meters to the east on a pavement on the Victoria Embankment next to the Thames.
Army cartographers have calculated that the so called ‘geographical centroid’ of London lies close to an anonymous iron bench in front of King’s College London.
London’s central point was last defined in 1663 and is recognised by a plaque at the north end of Whitehall where a statue of King Charles I stands.