Have you ever wanted to create a quick thematic map of London but lacked the GIS skills or software to do it yourself?
These free mapping tools from the GLA Intelligence Unit allows the user to input their own data to create an instant map that can be copied over into Word or another application of your choice. The user can also copy over the legend, and add labels.
The template allows the user to select either 4 or 5 ranges, and it even has a function to change the colours on the map (default colours are blue).
The tool now also allows users to input their own ranges, which will override the automatic ranges.
There is: Standard borough thematic map
Borough thematic map for categories (as opposed to numbers).
And ward maps for individual boroughs see list below.
Copyright notice: If you publish these maps, a copyright notice must be included within the report saying: "Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database rights."
Ward mapping tools for each borough have also been created. Select the borough you require from the list below:
Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Camden, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney (pre 2014), Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea (pre 2014), Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets (pre 2014), Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, Westminster
New ward boundaries - came into effect from May 2014
All London wards map 2014 including the new ward boundaries for Hackney, Kensington and Chelsea, and Tower Hamlets following changes in May 2014.
NOTE: Excel 2003 users must 'ungroup' the map for it to work.
Full instructions are contained within the spreadsheet. If you have any questions about these tools please contact the London Datastore.
The tool works in any version of Excel. But the user MUST ENABLE MACROS, for the features to work. There a some restrictions on functionality in the ward maps in Excel 2003 and earlier - full instructions are included in the spreadsheet.
To check whether the macros are enabled in Excel 2003 click Tools, Macro, Security and change the setting to Medium. Then you have to re-start Excel for the changes to take effect. When Excel starts up a prompt will ask if you want to enable macros - click yes.
In Excel 2007 and later, it should be set by default to the correct setting, but if it has been changed, click on the Windows Office button in the top corner, then Excel options (at the bottom), Trust Centre, Trust Centre Settings, and make sure it is set to 'Disable all macros with notification'. Then when you open the spreadsheet, a prompt labelled 'Options' will appear at the top for you to enable macros.
To create your own thematic borough maps in Excel using the ward map tool as a starting point, read these instructions. You will need to be a confident Excel user, and have access to your boundaries as a picture file from elsewhere. The mapping tools created here are all fully open access with no passwords.
As an alternative to a traditional map you could use a cartogram. This cartogram uses squares to represent the London Boroughs.
You can create your own London borough cartogram like this using this Excel tool.