This is a project that Owen Powell and Alex Horne started on October 24th, 2006 (United Nations Day), and finished on October 24th, 2007. Our aim was to prove that London is the most cosmopolitan city in the world, by endeavouring to meet and chat to a citizen from every country in the world who currently lives and works in London.

We managed to meet people from 189 countries. According to the UN, there are 192 countries in the world, so we've proved that at the very least, London contains over 98.4% of the nations of the world!


We are still looking for people from three countries:

Marshall Islands; Palau; Tuvalu.

The final encounters during our year appear below, but to follow our story from the start please click on the links under 'How we're doing' on the left-hand side.  The countries appear in the order in which we found their representative. (Any country with an asterisk * next to it has a brief account of the interview - longer versions will appear in the future!)

To find out more about the project, including our self-imposed rules, then click here.


Follow this link if you have the urge to see us looking awkward on Channel 4 news.  Or just below you can see us when we were half-way through the project being interviewed by George Alagiah on BBC World.


Please email us on worldinonecity@hotmail.com if you want to get in touch, or if you know any shy Londoners who are also Tuvaluan, Palauan or Marshallese.

George Alagiah interviews us on the BBC

Wednesday, 15 August 2007

The World In One City (in a different city)

Hello all.

Since the end of July, Alex and Owen have been in Edinburgh, performing solo shows as part of the Fringe Festival. (Alex's is about birdwatching, and Owen's is about coffee shops. You can find out more info by clicking on their names up above).

Naturally, this isn't all that helpful when we've given ourselves only a year to find all these people in London, but we're keeping the momentum up this weekend by performing the first ever 'The World In One City - Live!'. It'll be a fairly informal, chatty show where we'll explain what we've been up to so far and show some footage of us being questioned by George Alagiah on BBC World, amongst other things.

Do come along - it should be a lot of fun. It's on at the Pleasance, this Saturday (18th August) at 3.40pm, and tickets are competitively priced at £3.00.

(Also, this does mean that if anyone wants to speak to us in London, we won't be back there until about the 28th/29th August.)