Special reports: poverty in modern-day London

Graphic showing London's sky-line.
London Tonight has been examining poverty in 21st Century London. Photo: London Tonight

London is one of the richest cities in the world, a financial power, a magnet for a monied elite. But in stark contrast, there are families, even entire neighbourhoods, facing a daily struggle just to get through the day.

For the first of our reports on poverty we look at the growth in the number of people dependent on food banks.

The Olympics showed the world a London at its best. But in the shadow of the Olympic Park is a London most would want kept hidden. Families living in extreme poverty, living in the capital city in 21st century slums.

On the 2nd of October 2012 the London Fire Brigade called on Londoners to report such slums, because they are such a fire risk. But for the families - almost a quarter of a million of them - living in overcrowded conditions, many have no choice.

Next we report on how older Londoners are trying to survive on their pensions.

Ria Chatterjee has met one woman who is so poor she's living in an old air raid shelter.