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(covers information from several alternate timelines)
By the late 19th century, London was hundreds of square kilometers in size. It was the most populous city in the world. The Sherlock Holmes novels and stories were largely based in this city. (TOS: "Wolf in the Fold"; TNG: "Elementary, Dear Data")
When an away team from the USS Enterprise-D had traveled back to San Francisco in 1893, Captain Picard claimed to lead a group of actors which had played in full houses in London, Paris, and Milan. (TNG: "Time's Arrow, Part II")
In 2374, in a holoprogram set in France in 1944, British radio reported the sky over London was grey with a chance for rain in the afternoon. The entire broadcast, however, included an encrypted message to the French Resistance cell in Sainte Claire. (VOY: "The Killing Game")
Alternate reality Edit
In 2259 of the alternate reality, London was the location of the Kelvin Memorial Archive, which was secretly a Section 31 facility. Commander John Harrison approached one of the personnel, Thomas Harewood, who was visiting his terminally ill daughter at the Royal Children's Hospital. Harrison offered a blood transfusion for Harewood's daughter, if he would plant a bomb at the Archive. After the transfusion proved successful, Harewood walked into work and detonated the bomb, destroying the facility and claiming 42 lives. From the debris, Harrison recovered a portable transwarp beaming device, which he used to escape from his subsequent attack on Starfleet Headquarters.
London locations Edit
- St Paul's Cathedral
- London Eye
- Kelvin Memorial Archive
- Nelson's Column
- Tottenham Court Road
- Baker Street
- 221B Baker Street (fictional)
- River Thames
|Cities of England|
|Bristol • Dover • Liverpool • London • Malmesbury • Nottingham|
Background information Edit
During the 21st century, London might have been the home of a professional baseball team, the London Kings, who were established in TNG: "The Big Goodbye" and DS9: "If Wishes Were Horses". However, since the team was a member of Major League Baseball (they played in the World Series, which was an MLB trademark), whose teams have traditionally been based in North America, it was equally likely the team could have been based out of London, Ontario, Canada. The current home baseball team of London, UK, was known as the London Warriors.
The visual effects team that worked on Star Trek Into Darkness based much of the film's depiction of London on how it currently was, while also imagining how the city might have changed by the time of the movie's setting. "If you look historically at the way somewhere like London has changed in the last 100 years," stated Visual Effects Supervisor Roger Guyett, "there are many buildings that would potentially still exist [....] At the same time, you want a few landmarks in those shots to get the sense of what city you are in. In that case, there's St. Paul's Cathedral and the River Thames." (Star Trek Magazine issue 172, p. 48 & 49) Director J.J. Abrams reflected, "We retained historical buildings along the River Thames, and then hypothesized what they might look like in 300 years." Guyett, from London himself, impressed upon the visual effects artists at Industrial Light & Magic the importance of retaining some of the city's original architecture. "The challenge," explained ILM Environments Supervisor Barry Williams, "was how to differentiate London buildings from San Francisco [....] We introduced the iconic St. Paul's Cathedral, the London Eye, the 'Gherkin' building, as well as some styles of architecture not present in San Francisco, to create a London vibe." (Cinefex, No. 134, pp. 72 & 74)
While preparing to show London in Star Trek Into Darkness, Roger Guyett accompanied an environment survey team on a visit to the city. The group captured views from high-rise structures as well as visual effects plates and reference images of the city and its environs. (Cinefex, No. 134, p. 72) "We [...] took a lot of pictures from different angles," stated Guyet, "to try to maintain the real geography of it." (Star Trek Magazine issue 172, p. 49)
For Star Trek Into Darkness, parts of London required a digital construction of areas in the city.  This model of London involved twenty-five high-resolution buildings clustered around the Thames. (Cinefex, No. 134, p. 74)