The opposite side of the world to London is Waitangi, Chatham Islands, New Zealand.
Coordinates: 51.509, -0.126
Opposite side in the world
Coordinates: -51.509, 179.874
Waitangi is the closest city to London's antipodal point (881 km).
The antipodal city to London is Waitangi. This means that, among all the populated locations in the world, the farthest city from London is Waitangi.
The distance from London to Waitangi is about 19,000 kilometers. A direct flight would take around 21 hours, but there aren't commercial routes between these cities.
This table contains the populated locations that are closest to London's antipode. These are the farthest cities in the world from London.
|City||Country||Distance from antipode||Coordinates|
|Waitangi, Chatham Islands||New Zealand||881 km||(-43.954, -176.560)|
|Portobello, Otago||New Zealand||925 km||(-45.850, 170.650)|
|Dunedin, Otago||New Zealand||931 km||(-45.874, 170.504)|
|Kaitangata, Otago||New Zealand||936 km||(-46.275, 169.850)|
|Papatowai, Otago||New Zealand||937 km||(-46.561, 169.471)|
|Waitati, Otago||New Zealand||937 km||(-45.750, 170.567)|
|Milton, Otago||New Zealand||941 km||(-46.121, 169.969)|
|Balclutha, Otago||New Zealand||945 km||(-46.234, 169.750)|
|Outram, Otago||New Zealand||946 km||(-45.867, 170.233)|
|Oamaru, Otago||New Zealand||970 km||(-45.098, 170.971)|
Coordinates: 51.5085° N 0.1257° W
Coordinates: 43.9535° S 176.5597° W
The antipode can be calculated by understanding the geographic coordinates and applying simple formulas. We will use the following variables:
Step 1: Obtain the geographic coordinates of London
The DMS coordinates are: 51°30'30.7'' N 0°7'32.7'' W.
Calculations are easier by using the decimal format, hence:
LatO = 51.50853°
LngO = -0.12574°
Step 2: Calculate the latitude
LatA = - LatO = -51.50853°
Since the latitude is positive (north direction), the antipode must be negative (south direction).
Step 3: Calculate the longitude
LngA = LngO ± 180° = -0.12574 + 180° = 179.87426°
Since the longitude is negative, we sum 180° to ensure the final value lies between (-180, 180). If it were the other way around, we would subtract 180° for the same reason.
The antipode of London is located on coordinates: (LatA, LngA) = (-51.50853, 179.87426)
In DMS format: 51°30'30.7'' N 0°7'32.7'' W.