Religious Faith in London: Buddhists

A little over 85,000 people in London classify themselves as Buddhists, according to the last census. Although just 1% of the population of the capital is Buddhist, this is double the rate for Britain as a whole.

Buddhists are spread throughout the boroughs of London but the largest numbers are in a line through Barnet, Camden and Westminster.  Greenwich also has a sizeable Buddhist community.

Religion Buddhists

London was the location for the first Buddhist temple to be  built in the UK, the Wat Buddhapadipa in Wimbledon. One of the most recognizable riverside landmarks in the city is the Peace Pagoda that looks out over the Thames in Battersea Park, which was a gift from a Japanese Buddhist order.

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The capital is the most religious region of Britain

Religious Faith in London: Christians

Religious Faith in London: Muslims

Religious Faith in London: Hindus

Religious Faith in London: Sikhs

Religious Faith in London: Jews

Religious Faith in London: Non-believers

 

The capital is the most religious region of Britain

Westminster Abbey interiroLondon is the most religious place in Britain with 75% of the population having some form of belief. But it is the only region of the country where Christians make up less than half of the population.

Across the country an average of 68% of people have religious faith, according to data from the Office of National Statistics. After London, the North West of England is most God-fearing, and the least religious region is Scotland.

Religion none

London’s Christian population currently stands at 49%, down from 61% in 2006. The capital has a higher proportion of people of other faiths. Muslims make up 14% of the population compared to 5% nationally. Other faiths are also more common in the capital.

Religion proportions

While Islam has grown a little in London, from 12% to 14% of the population since 2006, other religions groups – Hindu, Sikh, Jewish, and Buddhist – have remained more or less stable. The biggest change in faith in London is in people losing it.

Religion London

In 2006 16% said that they had no religions belief. In 2014 that had increased to 25%.

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See also

Religous Faith in London: Christians

Religous Faith in London: Muslims

Religious Faith in London: Hindus

Religious Faith in London: Jews

Religious Faith in London: Sikhs

Religious Faith in London: Buddhists

Religious Faith in London: Non-believers