Most famous person from South East London revealed in new interactive map

The most famous person from South East London has been revealed, according to a new interactive map, but the result may come as a surprise!

Mapbox researcher and geographer Topi Tjukanov developed the insightful map which reveals the birthplaces of the most ‘notable people’ around the world.

The data is based on a study published in June this year from researchers from the University of Paris. 

A person’s significance was calculated based on information scraped from Wikipedia and Wikidata. 

Did you know Freddie Mercury was born in Zanzibar and Barack Obama in Honolulu? Who is the most famous person from your home town?

I made a map of the most notable people around the world. Built with @Mapbox.

Check it out here:


— Topi Tjukanov (@tjukanov) July 28, 2022

The data accounts for a series of factors including the number of Wikipedia entries, their average length, the average number of views from 2015-18 as well as the total number of external links.

“The data contains a rank value and a notability “sum value” these are used to determine which names are shown and how big they are,” Mr Tjukanov explained to users on Twitter.

You can explore the map and view the noteworthy people from hometowns all over the world in four different categories:

  • Culture
  • Discovery & Science
  • Leadership
  • Sports & Games

Who is the most notable person in South East London?

One of the most famous people to come from South East London is none other than The Rolling Stones’ own Sir Mick Jagger and Keith Richard. 

The pair grew up in Dartford together and found their love for music in the town before becoming one of the biggest bands on the planet. 

Richards went to the Dartford Techincal School before joining the band, whilst bandmate and songwriting partner Sir Mick Jagger attended Dartford Grammar School.

Moving into Bexleyheath, the iconic musicians continue, with ‘Running Up That Hill’ singer Kate Bush. 

The acclaimed singer was born in Bexley and grew up in Welling where she found her love for music and writing. 

Greenwich has a lot of notable people including royals, actors and billionaire businessmen. 

Queen Elizabeth I, Sir Richard Branson and Jude Law all originate from the borough of Greenwich. 

Lastly but by far not least is Bromley whose most notable person is also a musician, Peter Frampton. 

The musician has been in bands including Humble Pie, The Herd and has even worked with Ringo Star, David Bowie and Pear Jam. 

See if you recognise any notable names by heading to the map now.

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