Most common main language spoken at home in London, not including the English language and other European languages (percent of London Borough population).
The map above shows the most common main language spoken at home in each London Borough, not including English and other European languages (2011). This is based on census data published by the Office for National Statistics.
English is by far the most prominent language spoken at home in London – the average across all Boroughs is 78%. This compares to 92% across England and Wales as a whole. On average, other European languages count for around 9% of languages spoken in London households; Polish, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and German make up a large contingent of this figure. Bulgarian, Lithuanian, Romanian, Albanian and Greek also feature significantly.
Evidently, the languages displayed on this map represent a small minority of a Borough’s total population, with the exception of Tower Hamlets, and possibly 2-3 others. However, don’t be fooled – all non-European language speakers still count for over 1 million inhabitants (including languages not included in the chart).
There are a number of previous examples of mapping second languages in London; with the outcome being a mixture of European and non-European languages. European languages removed as it is somewhat self-evident that due to historical relationships, and the ease of travel (for now) for EU nationals, that they would largely be the most common.