, Volume 71, Number 1

Peter Wynne Rees, City Planning Officer for the City of London 1985-2014, is Professor of Places & City Planning at UCL Faculty of the Built Environment

Since the departure of the Romans, London has continually adapted to meet the needs of Londoners, without a formal plan. Over time, the un-identical twin cities of London and Westminster coalesced with a surrounding constellation of hamlets and villages to produce an amorphous metropolitan region housing a cosmopolitan population of close to 9 million. 

Boris Johnson, fascinated by cranes on the skyline. Photo: Getty Images

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