Table: who owns London (ranked by sq ft)

Datscha’s ranking of the capital’s biggest 100 commercial landlords by square footage owned.

  1. Canary Wharf Group Investment Holdings (co-owned by Brookfield and Qatar Holding) - 21,452,796 sq ft

  2. The Mayor and Commonalty and Citizens of the City of London - 17,447,701
  3. Transport for London - 14,889,025
  4. Aviva     8,964,857
  5. BNP Paribas        7,457,253
  6. The Queen’s Most Excellent Majesty in Right of Her Crown [The Crown Estate]       7,266,023
  7. Legal & General Group    6,782,525
  8. SEGRO   6,589,014
  9. British Land Company      6,410,015
  10. Network Rail      4,903,713
  11. Royal London Mutual Insurance Society   4,536,939
  12. Land Securities Group      4,453,968
  13. The Government of the United Kingdom  4,453,182
  14. Greater London Authority             3,919,193
  15. The Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Newham       3,650,067
  16. Government of Kuwait    3,646,359
  17. London and Amsterdam Trust Company   3,533,466
  18. WGTC Nominees              3,375,552
  19. Tesco    3,356,647
  20. Grosvenor (Mayfair) Estate           3,112,294
  21. Royal Mail           3,056,657
  22. Universities Superannuation Scheme         3,054,483
  23. Derwent London               3,032,989
  24. Prudential            3,025,344
  25. The Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Southwark    2,999,248
  26. HSBC Holdings    2,936,885
  27. The Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Enfield           2,926,657
  28. Car Giant             2,870,241
  29. Big Yellow Group              2,860,510
  30. BT Pension Scheme          2,325,472
  31. State Street Corp              2,311,527
  32. Trustees of Lazari Family Trust     2,288,761
  33. National Grid      2,255,933
  34. Berkeley Group Holdings               2,187,048
  35. Howard de Walden Estates Holdings         2,047,913
  36. Ford Motor Company      2,044,527
  37. Ameriprise Financial         2,024,755
  38. The Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Barnet            2,015,822
  39. Coal Pension Properties  1,984,117
  40. The Portman Estate Nominees (One)         1,962,785
  41. The Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Waltham Forest          1,937,589
  42. Mount Eden Land             1,900,791
  43. Standard Life Share Account         1,870,059
  44. Oddo et Compagnie         1,868,536
  45. The Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham            1,861,188
  46. Diageo Pension Trust (Property Custodian)             1,853,565
  47. The Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Sutton            1,831,953
  48. Cadogan Settled Estates Shareholding Company   1,829,188
  49. Jermyn Street Com Real Estate Fund 3      1,825,694
  50. Canneth BM (Shareholder)            1,803,678
  51. The Government of Qatar             1,800,903
  52. The Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Bromley         1,755,276
  53. The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime              1,721,846
  54. John Lewis Partnership Trust        1,721,367
  55. Zurich Insurance Group   1,712,979
  56. The Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Haringey        1,694,152
  57. The Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Hackney        1,635,364
  58. The Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Hillingdon      1,535,004
  59. FCP Topco           1,520,772
  60. The Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Merton          1,461,595
  61. The Wardens and Commonalty of the Mystery of Mercers of the City of London     1,445,724
  62. The Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Camden         1,436,293
  63. CIP Property (AIPT)           1,435,751
  64. The Whitgift Foundation 1,422,529
  65. The Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets           1,418,528
  66. The Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Bexley            1,381,021
  67. The Lord Mayor and Citizens of the City of Westminster    1,371,428
  68. Canal and River Trust       1,314,153
  69. CLS Holdings       1,313,428
  70. Shurgard European Holdings         1,311,015
  71. Secretary of State for Transport  1,301,207
  72. The Wardens and Commonalty of the Mystery of Goldsmiths of the City of London               1,298,537
  73. Hammerson        1,242,273
  74. Shaftesbury         1,227,167
  75. St James’s Place 1,211,711
  76. American Sugar Holdings               1,209,385
  77. Glasgow City Council       1,204,646
  78. Daejan Holdings 1,203,811
  79. The Mayor and Burgesses of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea              1,198,855
  80. Bestway (Holdings)          1,198,827
  81. Barnett Waddingham      1,186,852
  82. The Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Wandsworth               1,172,783
  83. Roundwood Holdings      1,114,709
  84. Banco Santander              1,090,232
  85. Caretown            1,079,682
  86. The Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Lambeth        1,076,532
  87. Church Commissioners for England            1,075,466
  88. The Mayor and Burgesses of the Royal Borough of Kigston upon Thames 1,062,325
  89. Walmart Stores  1,061,687
  90. Royal Borough of Greenwich        1,054,712
  91. The Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Hounslow      1,053,012
  92. The Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Brent              1,048,810
  93. Lancer Property Holdings              1,042,955
  94. Grosvenor Group              1,039,950
  95. Stichting INGKA Foundation          1,029,629
  96. Strand Nominees              1,016,618
  97. The Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Lewisham      1,008,826
  98. London and Quadrant Housing Trust         998,930
  99. Barclays               996,348
  100. Euroclear             981,021

Methodology

The list has been compiled using data taken from the Land Registry, the Valuation Office and Companies House and includes all properties in the London region (NUTS 1). The list includes nominee companies (such as banks and financial advisers). If the property is owned by a joint venture, Datscha can only connect it to the largest owner (>30%) - so if two companies own 50% each, the database doesn’t match it to an ultimate owner. The company names used in the table are the names of the legal entities registered with the Land Registry.

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