The city closest to the prime meridian is London. The prime meridian runs through the Royal Observatory in the town of Greenwich, which is in southeast London.Continue Reading
In the past, the location of the prime meridian — 0 degrees latitude — was often arbitrary. A number of countries, including France and China, selected their capitals as being host to the prime meridian. Since maps are referenced against the prime meridian, having more than one was a source of some confusion, particularly when using maps from different countries.
An international convention was held in 1884, at which time Greenwich was selected as the location of the single official prime meridian.
Very few large cities lie close to the prime meridian, aside from Aberdeen, Scotland, Paris, several other French cities and Algiers. It then passes through an area of Western Africa that is relatively sparsely populated.Learn more about Maps & Cartography
The Prime Meridian passes through Greenwich, England. The original Royal Observatory, today's Flamsteed House, commemorates the establishment of the Prime Meridian with a museum and official denotations on the ground and, at night, in the sky of the line itself.Full Answer >
Halfway between the prime meridian and the 180-degree longitude line is a 90-degree longitude line. There are two 90-degree meridians (lines of longitude), one in each hemisphere.Full Answer >
Find a map of London's Tube system online at the Transport for London's site, London's official transit webpage, under the Maps tab. As of 2015, the site has a clickable map available and several printable PDF versions to print or download.Full Answer >
Brighton is located about 54 miles south of London. It takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes to travel to Brighton by car and 1 hour to travel by train. By bus, it takes between 1 hour and 50 minutes and 2 hours and 20 minutes to travel between Brighton and London.Full Answer >