London is one of the most celebrated and exciting cities in the world. It is not only the capital city of the United Kingdom (UK), it is the world’s leading commercial, financial and cultural centre. It is a city of character, courage and above all of perpetual change. What has Feng Shui got to do with it?
The other features of London include:
- One of the largest financial centres in the world.
- Leading global centre for professional services – management consulting, legal and medical services.
- Leading media centre – broadcasters, feature film production, news agencies.
- Location of many domestic & international corporate headquarters.
- Tourism with 19m visitors annually with the top attractions including heritage, museums.
- Retail centre of world excellence.
- Centre of excellence for university education, commercial, academic, medical research and technology.
- Hospitality centre – exhibitions, conferences, hotels and tourism centre.
- World centre of culture – fashion, entertainment, arts and music.
- Transport hub – air, sea and land.
- Royalty – the home of the British Royal Family
- Cosmopolitan city with more than 300 languages spoken.
This list is endless but is London a flash in the pan – here today and gone tomorrow or does it have a history that goes back more than 2000 years?
Starting from 43AD, London, known as Londinium, was a prosperous city and capital city of Roman Britain. Ever since, London has consistently been a prosperous trading port and capital. Other cities around the world have become prominent for decades and then fade away into the background.
London is the second largest metropolis after New York in the 2015 rankings. London has been a prominent city for centuries and still is. So what makes London so special?
A Short History of London
43-500 AD Roman times. It was prosperous port and a cosmopolitan city with peoples from all over the Roman Empire.
6th to 11th Century. Little recorded history but, London was an established trading post.
11 to 16th Century Medieval London. Mainly within the square mile (City) which was around the Roman walls. Building of the Tower of London in 1066.
16th to 17th Century Tudor London. Spreading outside the City to Westminster and south of the river (Southwark). Expansion in ship building and exploration. Time of Shakespeare.
17th to 19th Century. Becoming the capital city of a very powerful and rich nation with trading and financial capabilities.
19th Century. London was at its height of power. A trading and financial centre with a large empire and reaping the benefits of the Industrial Revolution in the North of the Country.
20th Century. A capital city with vibrant commercial hub and a very large financial centre.
London’s Feng Shui
London is the economic beating heart of the UK. In 2015, London’s (GDP) is £378 billion which accounts for 22.9% of UK GDP (£1,651 billion). The South East of England contributes a further 15.1%. Together this makes it a total of 38%. London also generates 30% of UK taxes
London has only 12.5% (8.6 m people) of the population of the UK but its economy is the same size of Sweden or Iran . What is so special about London?
This post is an analysis of London’s success using the tools of Feng Shui.
What is Feng Shui? A Chinese system of Land Management to help people live in harmony and get favourable outcomes. Like all Chinese metaphysics, it is based on the flow of Energy (qi). There are many facets of this Energy – quantity, quality and timeliness. Each facet plays a different role. In this part of the post, I will just concentrate on the quantity of Energy. The post will focus on where the Energy is coming from and the distribution of Energy flow. Where appropriate, the accumulation of this Energy.
This section involves looking at the big picture of London Feng Shui.
- Where does the Energy come from?
- How is the Energy accumulated
A – The River
The River Thames flows through the centre of London. The source of the river is at Thames Head in the Cotswold, North West of London. Therefore, the River Thames brings in Energy with the characteristics of the North West. This Energy relates to the “Father”, characteristics relating to Power and Money.
The Energy is held within South-East England.
London and the South East of England are the most prosperous area of the country. This is the place for jobs as there is plenty of economic activity here. In fact, people from other parts of the country and Europe come here solely for the work. This is not a recent phenomena, it goes back beyond the 18th Century (industrial revolution) to the Roman times.
Observation: London is in a river basin.
The large basin or the Greater London Basin reaches further out (between 30 to 50 miles from central London). It is surrounded by a series of hills – The Chilterns (North West and North), the Downs (South West, South and South East).
The River Thames brings the Energy of Power and Money to London. This Energy is retained in the surrounding areas within the hills.
It is the size of this basin that gives London the ability to expand outwards easily. London has easy access to the sea especially continental Europe. This has helped it become a large port and a trading hub since the Roman times. All these features make London unique.
There are other towns in the world in a river basin but the size could be too small for the town to grow or have poor transport links or do not get the appropriate Energy for prosperity.
If you venture outside of this basin, on the other side of the hills, you can feel the change of Energy. The road traffic is less busy, the shops, cafes, restaurants in the towns and villages have less activity. There is an air of relaxation.
B: The Feng Shui Analysis of Central London
The 8 core areas of London with their specialisms.
- Westminster & Whitehall – Politics and Administration
- West End (Mayfair, Marylebone, Knightsbridge) – Business
- City of London – Financial Centre
- Canary Wharf – Financial Centre
- Temple – Legal Services (Inns of Court & The Royal Courts of Justice)
C : The River brings in Energy to
- The City of London
- Canary Wharf.
The first 3 locations have flat land and a raised ground further back. This concentrates the Energy before the raised ground. If the land was totally flat, the Energy gets dissipated and therefore, not effective. Canary Wharf building complex was designed using Feng Shui techniques. The “U” or armchair configuration is to “capture” the Energy from the river.
In Feng Shui terms, London has the holy grail. The River continually brings the Energy of Power and Money. This Energy is accumulated within the surrounding areas within the River Basin. These are 4 areas in London that get this Energy directly. This resulting prosperity help brings London to the forefront.
The areas where this Energy (from the River and from the Royal Parks) is distributed in London are called “Areas of High Energy” or AHE.
The Areas in Detail
Westminster – This area also involves the Energy coming down Whitehall. Link to Whitehall and Westminster
Temple (Strand & Fleet Street)
This is the area for the Inns of Court and the Royal Courts of Justice. The area for lawyers and the British Judicial System. The British Legal System is used in many countries throughout the world. There are also, many types of law: commercial, marine, intellectual property (patents), Family Law (divorces) use the British courts. English Contract law is the most used and important contract law in international business.
Feng Shui Analysis: The Energy, with the properties of Power and Money, from the River bend goes into green lawns of the Inns of Courts (Association of Lawyers) to the Strand where the Royal Courts of Justice and Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey) are located. The Inns of Court are on land where the Energy from the River settles.
City of London
This is the origin of London and the commercial heart of London (Financial District). It is known as the City of London (City) located within a square mile. The roads are the original paths laid down probably more than a millennium ago. After the Great Fire of London in 1666, there were plans to re-design the City but the City Fathers wanted the re-construction of the City as quickly as possible as they wanted to re-start their business. These original roads had already laid the path of success. These are the roads that bring in the Energy directly into this area. This has led the City to be a successful trading hub for more than a thousand years.
The centre of this Financial District is the Bank of England. It is by Bank Junction where 6 streets converge. Directly in front of the Bank is an open space with the “London Troops War Memorial”.
Feng Shui Analysis: The Energy from the River goes up Queen Victoria Street to the Bank of England. This Energy spreads up to Bishopsgate to the East and London Wall to the North. This is the core of the City of London.
This is a new business district, constructed in the late 20th Century, was previously one of the docks of the Port of London. This is now London’s second financial district and it was designed with feng shui from conception. There are over 100,000 people who work there and it is HQ of numerous banks, professional services and media organisations like Barclays, Clifford Chance, Credit Suisse, HSBC, Thomson Reuters etc. It is a transport hub in the London transport system with the nearby London City Airport.
If there was no Feng Shui design from the concept, the layout of Canary Wharf would have been a series of office tower blocks by the river side. In this town planning, it is the offices at the river side that would have been relatively prosperous and the secondary sites would be very ordinary. This Canary Wharf design enables all the tenants in all the buildings to be in prosperous locations.
Feng Shui observations: The overall design of the buildings is an armchair configuration. It is designed to hold the incoming Energy coming from the river bend at Limehouse. The Energy going to Canary Wharf is from the West and carrying the North West Energy from the river source. This Energy is all about Money and Power. This is the ideal type of Energy for the types of businesses at Canary Wharf.
D. The Energy from The Royal Parks
London’s Parks and Energy
The main parks in London’s West End are Regent’s Park, Hyde Park, St James’s Park and Green Park. These parks attract and generate energy. This Energy is distributed along the road systems around the park which slope downwards to the river.
Marylebone – Energy from Regent’s Park.
The Energy leaves Regent’s Park along the roads between Baker Street (West) and Portland Place (East). This includes the prosperous areas of Marylebone and Oxford Street between Baker Street in the West (Selfridges) and Regent Street/Oxford Circus in the East (Top Shop).
This Energy goes not go East of Oxford Circus/Regent Street – viz Fitzrovia and Soho.
or West of Baker Street – Paddington.
Marylebone – This is the area for private Medical Care. It is centred on Harley Street. This area is world renowned centre of excellence in Medical Care. This area receives Energy directly from Regent’s Park.
Oxford Street is Europe’s busiest street in London with more than half a million visitors daily. It receives Energy from Regent’s Park. The street is wide so it is possible for the Energy to spread out along the street. This only occurs between Baker Street and Oxford Circus. It has about 300 shops, many of which are flagship stores. There are 3 department stores – Selfridges, John Lewis, Debenhams.
Knightsbridge – Energy from Hyde Park.
The energy flows with the landform. To the south, the land slopes very gently down to the River past Knightsbridge, Kensington and Chelsea. This energy passes the world renowned Royal Albert Hall, Imperial College, the Museums (Science, Natural History, Victoria & Albert) and of course, Harrods. This area is a prime residential property which is always in demand by many people, especially overseas. The prices have risen constantly irrespective of the movement of the local house prices. These areas include Belgravia, Kensington and Chelsea.
Mayfair – Energy from both Hyde Park and Regent’s Park
The Energy from Hyde Park flows East towards Mayfair. This energy is mixed with the Energy from Regents Park. The Mayfair area is renowned for the luxury hotels – Dorchester, Hilton, Grosvenor, JW Marriott, Intercontinental and Four Seasons together with exclusivity of the Area. This is the centre for luxury brands in New Bond Street. Part of this energy then goes down to Piccadilly Circus. The remaining energy flows down to St James’s which is another exclusive area for financial institutions like hedge funds, private equity and private clubs.
Portland Place and Regent Street
The Energy from Regent’s Park is collected in the Crescent shaped funnel of Park Crescent. This funnel collects even more Energy. This Energy then flows down to Piccadilly Circus. It has the stores which have the highest sales densities in the UK – The Apple store at £3,000 per sq ft, Burberry (£2,500 per sq ft) and Liberty (£1,200 per sq ft).
The energy then goes down to Trafalgar Square, to the River through Whitehall where the Government offices and the Palace of Westminster (House of Parliament and House of Lords).
The Differences between the areas either side of Portland Place and Regent Street.
There is a big tangible difference either side of Portland Place and Regent Street.
The west side (Marylebone & Mayfair) of this road has splendid opulent buildings.
The east side (Fitzrovia & Soho) have very ordinary buildings. Soho with its small buildings and creative and artistic community.
The West side receives the Energy from the Parks. The East side does not receive as much Energy. The difference is vast. It is literally a world apart.
E: Other Areas in London’s West End.
Green Park and St James’s Park
The Energy from these 2 parks, together with the other 2 parks, flow down to Westminster. This is the district of Whitehall where the Government Offices, the Palace of Westminster (House of Commons and House of Lords). This area is on the banks of the River Thames. This district also receives energy directly from the River.
This has been the residence of the British Royal Family since 1761. The Queen, Elizabeth II, ascended to the throne in 1953. She has the longest reign in British history. The House of Windsor is known as the “family firm” and probably has the highest profile of any Royal Family in the World. It is highly respected and regarded throughout the UK and the world.
Buckingham Palace is located between Green Park and St James’s Park. Constitution Hill is the link between Hyde Park and the Palace. This draws in the Energy from Hyde Park to flow to the Palace. The Mall links Trafalgar Square to the Palace. Trafalgar Square is the collection point for Energy that has come all the way from Regent’s Park through Regents Street and Haymarket. This straight road allows the Energy to flow easily to the Palace.
With all these sources, the Palace is bathed in Energy, the best quality Energy at that.
Whitehall and Westminster
10 Downing Street, Treasury, Ministry of Defence, New Scotland Yard, Palace of Westminster (House of Parliament, House of Lords)
The UK is governed from this area.
The UK is a successful nation. Since the Government Offices have been in this area, the UK has had an Empire spanning about one quarter the Earth’s land mass and population. It has fought many wars, had both economic booms and busts with a rising level of standard of living and healthcare for the population. The main point which has been taken for granted is political stability. The political system, for what we think about its flaws, has been working for more than 300 years. There must be something right about the system and the buildings in this location.
There are essentially 2 sections.
Whitehall – the Offices of the Central Government.
Palace of Westminster – The Legislature with the 2 Houses – House of Parliament and the House of Lords.
Whitehall: This area was originally the residence (Palace of Whitehall) of the English Monarchs between 1530 to 1700AD. In 1700 AD, a fire destroyed the original buildings and the process of separation of the Government and the Monarchy had started. Government Offices are now located in this area. They are on either side of the road called “Whitehall” which is named after the area.
The road Whitehall connects Trafalgar Square with Westminster Bridge and the Palace of Westminster. Trafalgar Square is the collection point for Energy coming all the way from Regents Park.
The 3 Main Offices of Government are:
- Prime Minister’s Office at 10 Downing Street
- Ministry of Defence (MOD)
- HM Treasury
Prime Minister’s Office at 10 Downing Street
This has been the official residence of the Prime Minister (First Lord of the Treasury) from the late 17th Century. The rise of the British Empire co-incidentally, started at the same time. Britain ruled the waves with the large empire which had about 25% of the earth’s land and world’s population as well. The peak of the British Empire was in the 19th Century.
Downing Street appears to be hidden or inconspicuous (other than the security gates) and one might easily miss it. More importantly, how does the energy get in there?
On the south side of Downing Street is the Foreign and Commonwealth Building.
On the East side, or facing Whitehall, there is a slight protrusion. This protrusion allows Energy moving down Whitehall to flow into Downing Street.
On the West Side facing Horse Guards Road, there is a much larger protrusion to collect the Energy flowing down Horse Guards Road.
The Energy comes in from both sides. This explains why the 10 Downing Street is auspicious.
Ministry of Defence (MOD)
The UK has fought in many wars. It has won some but it has also lost some. Some of these battles have been for the very survival of the country.
The Main Entrance is on the North Side of the building. The Energy coming down Whitehall, this energy goes down Horse Guards Avenue, passing the Entrance. This area is filled with Energy.
Britain has, for many decades, shuttled between the 2nd to the 5th largest economy in the world. Its Treasury has always been filled even in periods of austerity. The main point, it has always been filled.
The HM Treasury Building faces St James Park which is filled with Energy. It has the luck to make good decisions even though we might disagree with them.
Metropolitan Police (New Scotland Yard)
Metropolitan Police have relocated to their new offices in Embankment. This is the 3rd location of their headquarters called New Scotland Yard. Their first location of “New Scotland Yard” is next to the latest offices on the Embankment. This was where Metropolitan Police established their reputation in the development of modern day policing. We can look forward to Metropolitan Police to further enhance its reputation as a modern day police service in this new Headquarters.
These buildings receive Energy from the River flow and from the Energy passing down Whitehall.
The Previous Headquarters was in a anonymous office block in Victoria. The entrance in Broadway, did not receive much Energy. From the 1960s to the 2016, Metropolitan Police faced much criticism of its work.
The Palace of Westminster
This is the legislative arm of the Government. It has 2 Chambers, the Lower House – The House of Parliament is for elected representatives (Members of Parliament) and the Upper House – House of Lords for nominated members.
Feng Shui Analysis: The Main Entrance of the Palace of Westminster.
In front are two open areas – Parliament Square Green & New Palace Yard. The Energies from 3 directions – Whitehall, St James’s Park and the River are mixed here. The Energy from the River has the properties of Power and Money which is ideally suited to the purpose of this building. This mix of Energy then enters the Palace of Westminster.
The river goes through London bringing the energy characteristics of Power and Money. This is the ideal energy properties for the nation’s capital and a major commercial and financial centre.
London is in a river basin. The Energy from the River is captured over a wide area. This prosperity can be spread over a wide area around the capital city.
In Central London, there 8 areas of London that get more Energy: Westminster, Temple, City of London, Canary Wharf, Marylebone, Mayfair, Knightsbridge and Whitehall. These areas are also, London’s most productive areas as well.
The River provides Energy for 3 parts of London:
- City of London
- Canary Wharf
The Royal Parks provide Energy for the other 4 parts.
Westminster gets Energy from both the River and The Royal Parks.
The Energy from the river is held in 3 parts in Central London. They have the requisite natural landscape to hold the energy. The flat land by the river bank and, there is raised land at a short distance to stop the energy being dissipated. These three locations are Westminster, Temple and The City of London. The 4th location is Canary Wharf, a building complex that was designed to be a large and prosperous centre for trade and finance.
The City and Canary Wharf are places for business to business dealing. High value and they involve the banks, legal and other financial services
The East End of London was the original starting place for many of London’s business. However, most of the successful businesses moved over to the West End. The East End was too cramped for the Energy to flow smoothly.
The West End of London has 4 Royal Parks which accumulate Energy. There is an efficient road system to distribute this Energy down to the River. Businesses along these roads have become the prosperous centres in London’s West End.
London’s West End specialises in businesses centred on the consumer like – retail, tourism & hospitality, education etc. The Areas of High Energy are large which enable many businesses to enjoy the prosperity and become world leaders in many of their chosen fields.
It is these 8 areas of London that make London special. From the Feng Shui perspective, they receive more Energy. There is no better way to end this post by this quote
“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life”. Samuel Johnson:
Post researched and written by Dr Michael Oon