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.
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.