London Borough Councils


18 September 2011

Below are links to individual London councils, Greater London Authority, London Councils and the Mayor of London. If you are having an extended stay for work or moving to London these sites may be of interest to you.

London is a collection of 31 boroughs and two cities, London and Westminster. They each have a borough council, which is the local authority and administered by the London Borough Councils. Go to Transport for London’s
Spider Maps to find your borough. Some early meanings for the name the boroughs took on are given.

Barking & Dagenham
The place of Berica's people

Barnet
Land cleared by burning

Bexley

Brent
Was originally a name for Celtic river.

Bromley: This is where my love of England all began.
Original name meant cleaning where broom grows.

Camden
Named after Charles Pratt Camden, 1
st Earl of Camden. Sites include Camden Lock Market.

City of London: The City of London police protects the City and not the Metropolitan police as shown in my Public Safety page. Sites include Bank of England museum (they let you hold a solid gold bar), St. Paul’s. The City of London is only about one square mile in area.

Croydon
Was a valley of wild saffron.

Ealing
Was a Saxon term for meeting place for the people.

Enfield
Eana's open land

Greenwich (to become a Royal Borough in 2012)
Means a green grassy port. Sites include Cutty Sark, Royal Observatory.

Hackney
Was an Old English name for Haca's Island, an island of dry land surrounded by marshes.

Hammersmith & Fulham
Hammersmith is a place with a forge (smithy).
Fulham was Fulla's riverside land.

Haringey
Was an enclosure in the grey wood.

Harrow
Was a heathen temple.

Havering
Was Haefer's people.

Hillingdon
Was named after Hilda's hill.

Hounslow
Was Hund's mound.

Islington
Was Gisla's hill.

Kensington & Chelsea, Royal Borough
Kensington was named after Cynesige's estate.
Chelsea was a landing place for chalk.

Kingston upon Thames, Royal Borough
Was the king’s estate on the Thames.

Lambeth
Was a landing pace for lambs (who did not like chalk).

Lewisham
Was Leofsa's homestead.

Merton
Was a farm by a pool. Merton is the home to Wimbledon.

Newham
Newham was a new place.

Redbridge
Take a guess what this name means?

Richmond
Named after Richmond, Yorkshire

Southwark
Was a southern defensive work. Sites include Borough Market and Southwark Cathedral.

Sutton
Was a southern farm.

Tower Hamlets
Land east of the Tower of London taking in the East End and the Docklands. Sites include the Tower, Tower Bridge, the Bell Foundry and Brick Lane.

Waltham Forest

Wandsworth
Was Waendel's enclosure.

City of
Westminster, but is has a borough council. Sites include everything.

Additional Information

Greater London Authority

London Councils and London MAP of the Councils. The council map directs you to information on that borough.

Mayor of London

Royal Borough, what does it mean?
The title, Royal Borough, is granted by the English monarch and does not grant special privileges.

Current Royal Boroughs in Metropolitan London:
Royal Borough of
Greenwich (London Borough)
Royal Borough of
Kensington & Chelsea (London Borough)
Royal Borough of
Kingston upon Thames (Greater London)