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SOUTH LONDON is the southern part of London, England.

In everyday use, the term applies to the parts of the capital south of the River Thames . The area is officially defined in a variety of ways which differ according to the purpose of the designation.

According to the 2011 official Boundary Commission for England definition, the area includes the London boroughs of Bexley , Bromley , Croydon , Greenwich , Kingston , Lambeth , Lewisham , Merton , Richmond , Southwark , Sutton and Wandsworth .

CONTENTS

* 1 Boundary Commission * 2 Planning sub-region * 3 List of boroughs * 4 Climate * 5 Associated organisations * 6 See also * 7 References * 8 External links

BOUNDARY COMMISSION

The River Thames divides Greater London into two parts. The southern part includes the historic central areas of Southwark , Lambeth and Bankside and also maritime Greenwich . The area has only a small section of the London Underground network, but has a much more extensive suburban railway system than North London and is the location of all of London's tram services .

This area is made up of the London boroughs of Bexley , Bromley , Croydon , Greenwich , Kingston , Lambeth , Lewisham , Merton , Richmond , Southwark , Sutton and Wandsworth . This definition is used by the Boundary Commission for England . The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames includes sections on both sides of the River Thames and the boundary commission classes the entire district as part of South London, pairing it with Kingston upon Thames for the purposes of devising constituencies.

In 1965 Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark and Wandsworth were designated Inner London boroughs and Bexley, Bromley, Croydon, Kingston, Merton, Richmond and Sutton were designated Outer London boroughs.

PLANNING SUB-REGION

The current sub regions The 2004–2008 sub regions

For the purposes of the London Plan , there was a South London sub-region in operation from 2004 to 2008 consisting of Bromley, Croydon, Kingston, Merton, Richmond and Sutton. In 2001 this area had a population of 1,329,000. This definition is used by organisations such as Connexions .

Between 2008 and 2011 it was replaced with a South East sub-region consisting of Southwark, Lewisham, Greenwich, Bexley and Bromley and a South West sub-region consisting of Croydon, Kingston, Lambeth, Merton, Sutton, Richmond and Wandsworth.

In 2011 a new South London region was created consisting of Bromley, Croydon, Kingston, Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth. Bexley, Greenwich and Lewisham. Richmond now lies within the West London region, and Lambeth and Southwark are part of the Central London region.

LIST OF BOROUGHS

South of London in 1800, the map shows Kennington , Camberwell , Battersea , Peckham , Clapham , Brixton , Stockwell , Streatham Hill , Tooting , Dulwich , Brockley , Sydenham , Lewisham and Deptford .

This list includes all boroughs included in the Boundary Commission area:

LONDON BOROUGH POSTCODE AREAS 2008 SUB-REGION LONDON ASSEMBLY

Bexley DA , SE South East Bexley and Bromley

Bromley BR , DA, SE, TN South East Bexley and Bromley

Croydon CR , SE, SW South West Croydon and Sutton

Greenwich SE, DA, BR South East Greenwich and Lewisham

Kingston KT, SW, TW South West South West

Lambeth SE, SW South West Lambeth and Southwark

Lewisham SE, BR South East Greenwich and Lewisham

Merton CR , KT, SM , SW South West Merton and Wandsworth

Richmond SW, TW South West South West

Southwark SE South East Lambeth and Southwark

Sutton CR, KT, SM South West Croydon and Sutton

Wandsworth SW South West Merton and Wandsworth

CLIMATE

South London is, like other parts of London and the UK in general, a temperate maritime climate according to the Köppen climate classification system. Three Met Office weather stations currently collect climate data south of the river; Kew, Hampton and Kenley Airfield, on the southern edge of the urban area. Long term climate observations dating back to 1763 are available for Greenwich, although observations ceased here in 2003.

Temperatures increase towards the Thames, firstly because of the urban warming effect of the surrounding area, but secondly due to altitude decreasing towards the river, meaning the southern margins of South London are often a couple of degrees cooler than those areas adjacent to the Thames. Often snow can be seen to lie on the North Downs near Croydon when central London is snow free.

The record high temperature at Greenwich is 37.5 °C (99.5 °F) recorded during August 2003. Sunshine is notably lower than other London area weather stations (by about 50–100 hours a year), suggesting Greenwich may be a fog trap in winter, and that the hillier land to the south may obscure early morning and late evening sunshine.

The highest temperature recorded across South London was 38.1 °C (100.6 °F) on the same occasion at Kew Gardens. Although the Met Office accepts a higher reading from Brogdale in Kent, many have questioned the accuracy of this and regard the Kew reading as the most reliable highest UK temperature reading.

CLIMATE DATA FOR GREENWICH 7M ASL 1971–2000,

MONTH JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC YEAR

AVERAGE HIGH °C (°F) 7.9 (46.2) 8.2 (46.8) 10.9 (51.6) 13.3 (55.9) 17.2 (63) 20.2 (68.4) 22.8 (73) 22.6 (72.7) 19.3 (66.7) 15.2 (59.4) 10.9 (51.6) 8.8 (47.8) 14.8 (58.6)

AVERAGE LOW °C (°F) 2.4 (36.3) 2.2 (36) 3.8 (38.8) 5.2 (41.4) 8.0 (46.4) 11.1 (52) 13.6 (56.5) 13.3 (55.9) 10.9 (51.6) 8.0 (46.4) 4.8 (40.6) 3.3 (37.9) 7.2 (45)

AVERAGE PRECIPITATION MM (INCHES) 51.9 (2.043) 34.0 (1.339) 42.0 (1.654) 45.2 (1.78) 47.2 (1.858) 53.0 (2.087) 38.3 (1.508) 47.3 (1.862) 56.9 (2.24) 61.5 (2.421) 52.3 (2.059) 54.0 (2.126) 583.6 (22.976)

MEAN MONTHLY SUNSHINE HOURS 45.9 66.1 103.2 147.0 185.4 180.6 190.3 194.4 139.2 109.7 60.6 37.8 1,461

Source: MetOffice

ASSOCIATED ORGANISATIONS

* South London Gallery * South London Botanical Institute * South London Press * South London Radio * South London Storm * South London Theatre

SEE ALSO

* South Bank

REFERENCES

* ^ Boundary Commission for England, London – London 2011 amendment * ^ Wolmar, Christian (2004). _The Subterranean Railway: How the London Underground Was Built and How It Changed the City Forever_. Atlantic Books. ISBN 1-84354-023-1 . * ^ _A_ _B_ Boundary Commission for England – South London Boroughs * ^ Boundary Commission for England Fifth Periodical Report Cm 7032 * ^ Office of Public Sector Information – London Government Act 1963 (c.33) (as amended) * ^ Greater London Authority, _The London Plan: Sub-Regional Development Framework – South London Archived 9 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine ._ * ^ Greater London Authority, _The London Plan: The Sub Regions_ * ^ Connexions – South London * ^ Greater London Authority – Draft Further Alterations to the London Plan Archived 13 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine . * ^ London Assembly – London Assembly Constituency Information. Retrieved on 22 February 2008. * ^ "Station Locations". MetOffice . * ^ " Greenwich Long term data". MetOffice . * ^ " Greenwich 2003 Maximum". MetOffice . Archived from the original on 19 August 2003. * ^ "August 2003". Weather Journal . * ^ " Greenwich 1971–2000". Met Office . Retrieved 23 September 2011.

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