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More delicate buildings include the gorgeous former Daily Express building on Fleet Street (which has this amazing staircase), and the equally curvy Florin Court in Charterhouse. Famously, the chimney had windows shaped as “O”, “X”, and “O”, to get around strict advertising regulations of the time.Plus Battersea Power Station also gets a mention, even if it is (temporarily) without its iconic towers.For example, a number of the City of London’s many Victualling Houses (aka pubs) can be toggled on and off. As well as the silver background, the colours used (black, with white station symbols and dark green parks) gives the map a rather unique feel.Above is Bishopsgate, now home to Liverpool Street Station and the eastern part of the City of London or “Square Mile” (which essentially *was* London back in 1633, along with Westminster, a village beside the Thames.) Below is a larger extract from the full map, and at bottom is what is now Clerkenwell, just north of the City. Thanks to Kim Mc Lean-Fiander, of the project, for letting me know about it. The map reveals the locations of London’s key Art Deco (1920s-40s) buildings, in red.From the Old Observatory at Greenwich, to Big Ben, there are many horologically significant places featured here, including some recent location such as the Swiss clock installed in Borough Market to commemorate the Swiss pavilion for the Olympic Games in 2012. It’s nice to see a dedicated map like this, rather than a common (but lazy) way of mapping a particular topic by sticking pins on the default render of Google Maps.A particularly nice touch is the treatment of the parks in a watercolour style, and little features drawn in with a pen stroke, such as Westminster Bridge and fish in the River Thames. The latest pocket guide and fold-out map from boutique urban cartographers Herb Lester is “Punk London“, celebrating 40 years since the punk movement of the 1970s, by mapping key locations in central London where it happened. As with all Herb Lester maps it’s a proper, custom made and litho-printed map, with an eye-catching pink, grey and white colour palette. To celebrate one year since the release of London: The Information Capital by Mapping London co-editor James Cheshire and graphic designer Oliver Uberti, and the book recently winning the BCS Award, the authors have released a number of new excepts from the book.
As an update to our previous feature on a replica map set of the John Rocque eighteenth century map of London, we feature the Locating London’s Past project.One of the most striking differences is the lack of the Embankment road (for example, in the snapshot below).Instead, streets and yards just lead straight down to the edge of the River Thames, often ending at a flight of stairs down to the water itself.Created by Blue Crow Media (see also their craft beer and cycling maps, it is the first in a new series of map-based guides to London architecture, focusing on the modern 1950s/60s “raw” concrete-heavy designs by Le Corbusier and others of the post-war architectural phase.The map is presented attractively in a blue band which keeps it nicely folded.