Prior to the arrival of the Romans, there were no real roads in London or the United Kingdom; in fact, there wasn’t even a London. The Romans founded the city in 43 AD, and as was usual for their expansion of the Empire, they brought roads with them. Being the center of Roman Britain, roads began in London and stretched out to the remainder of Great Britain, facilitating the … [Read more...] about All Roads Lead to Nelson: The History of London’s Roads
Do you remember the days when we stood waiting for a train before we had mobile phones to distract us? Some read the paper and some simply stared into space daydreaming and avoiding eye contact with any strangers. Back in the early twentieth century, Frank Pick from the London Underground had the idea to commission a detailed illustrative map for passengers on platforms to … [Read more...] about Another London Mapping Wonder: Taking a Close Look at MacDonald Gill’s 1914 London Wonderground Map
Back in 2015, I redecorated my dining room to include a feature wall section with a London Theatreland map from 1915. (This is the wallpaper – as an aside, I got the self-adhesive version so it was really easy to hang.) One hundred years after the map was published for London Underground, I got to admire it in large-scale at home. For a less permanent version, you can get … [Read more...] about A London Mapping Wonder: A Guide to the London Theatreland Map of 1915
In the era of smartphones equipped with maps, it’s easy to forget that we once had to rely on street atlases to find where we’re going. While survey maps of London existed long before the 20th Century, it was London: A to Zed from Phyllis Pearsall that really changed everything. With millions of copies printed and sold, the Geographers A to Zed Street Atlas still finds … [Read more...] about Ten Interesting Facts and Figures About the Geographers’ London A to Z Street Atlas
To start off May, we've imported two beautiful and challenging puzzles from UK manufacturer Robert Frederick (based in Bath). First up is a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle of the London A to Z map - a great way to learn the streets by heart! Next up is the London Tube Map - also 1,000 pieces and I hear particularly challenging because of all the white space. Each puzzle is 30x20 … [Read more...] about Londontopia Store Alert: New Products LIVE – London Tube Map and AtoZ Map 1,000 Piece Puzzles!
This is fascinating. The Violence Research Centre out of the University of Cambridge has taken the data of recorded murders in the Tudor era and plotted them on a map, which provides a macabre and fascinating look at crime in London in the middle ages. About the map: First digital map of the murders recorded by the city's Coroner in early 1300s shows Cheapside and Cornhill … [Read more...] about London History: The Medieval London Murder Map Released by University of Cambridge
This came through the inbox the other day and I knew we had to share it. This beautiful new map from artist Cally Lathey and it took her 11 months to create. Wow! About the map: From Winehouse to Willesden, Elizabeth Taylor to Elephant and Castle, Bowie to Brockley... This map has it all. Did you know that Mozart wrote his first symphony in London in 1764? That Alfred … [Read more...] about London Maps: Check Out This Beautiful New Map of London History and Culture
Transport for London has launched a new marketing program to encourage people to travel the Tube network during its off-peak hours. This is so that people can experience the Tube when it's less crowded, but also keep tourists off the Tube during the rush hour crunch. As part of this, they've worked with Time Out magazine to create a series of maps to showcase the most … [Read more...] about Useful Map Alert: The Wonderful World of Off-Peak – Free Maps of Attractions Along Each Tube Line
This has made the rounds on social media and I thought it was worth sharing with all of you. I don't know how accurate it is. But it's pretty freaking cool. A Reddit user has overlaid the path of the various Tube lines in London on an aerial picture. It shows the spaghetti-like tendrils of London's transport network as they weave their way in the geography of London. Very cool. … [Read more...] about The Tube: Unique Aerial Map of London Showing the Tube Lines in their Geography
Due to two deaths in the family this week, we don't have a full Anglotopia Imports Product launch this week. We will next week, though. Instead, we've launched a single product that we think Anglotopia readers are going to snatch up - we've imported the official London Underground Tube Map Poster. We've ordered 50 and they should be arriving next week. It measures 25x35 and … [Read more...] about London Alert: Buy The Official London Underground Tube Map – Anglotopia Exclusive
It's not secret here that we love the Tube and take it as often as we can. But there are many situations where it doesn't make sense to take the Tube. To understand those situations, Transport for London (TFL) have released an official map showing the walking times between stations. It does not cover the entire Tube network - only Zones 1 & 2 but it's very interesting to … [Read more...] about The Tube: Transport for London Releases Official Tube Map Featuring Walking Times Between Stations
The folks over at British Website Us Vs Them have put together a new map that features London set British Sitcom locations. Check it out below: Click the image to view a full sized version or here. They go into more detail of each neighborhood and show here on their website. … [Read more...] about London Telly: The London Sitcom Map – Which is Your Favorite?
This is a handy map worth printing off and saving for your next trip. Street Sensation have put together a map that shows the locations of what they think are the top 20 street markets in London, what they focus on and crucially what days they are. Check it out: Source. Which one is your favorite? We really love Camden Lock but you can't go wrong with Portobello … [Read more...] about Street Markets of London: Handy Printable Map Guides You To London’s Best 20 Markets – Which is Your Favorite?
London is a very green city - by that I mean it has lots of parks and open spaces. But I never realized how much until I saw this map put out by the Greater London National Park - which is seeking to turn London into a national park to better manage its green spaces. 62% of London is either open greenspace or gardens. From the campaign website: London is an incredibly … [Read more...] about London Maps: Intriguing Map of London Shows Just How Much Green Space it Has – The Amount Will Surprise You
First a disclaimer: We didn't make this map (and thus are not responsible for the misspellings on it). Now, there is a fun site on Tumblr called Judgmental Maps where enterprising individuals make maps of big cities based on stereotypes and people's perceptions of certain neighborhoods. So, of course I had to find the one for London and it's rather funny. Some of the … [Read more...] about Humor: The Judgemental Map of London – A Funny Map of London Stereotypes by Neighborhood
I'm a huge map geek so I go crazy over stuff like this. Lovely Jojo has created this beautiful hand drawn map of the City of Westminster. It's available for sale on her website and a portion of the proceeds to go charity. About the map: A hand-drawn London map print of the City of Westminster (and a bit of Lambeth and some of Kensington & Chelsea). Featuring … [Read more...] about London Maps: Check Out This Beautiful Hand Drawn Map of the City of Westminter
The folks over at Buzzfeed have put together this really cool interactive map of famous London locations that have been the setting for some of our favorite movies set in London. You can browse the map below and view clips from the movies. A pretty slick little map. Worth printing off for future London trip planning! See the full sized version below: … [Read more...] about London Movies: Explore Your Favorite London Films with This London Movie Map
Many people don't realize that a large part of the London Underground Tube Network is not actually underground. Most of the central London bits are, but as the Tube spreads out across the London metropolitan area, it mostly goes above ground. The map above shows you what's underground and what is not underground. The darker bits are what's underground. (Click the image for a … [Read more...] about The Tube: Ever Wonder How Much of the London Underground is Actually Underground? This Map Will Tell You
Lauro Fonte was commissioned by Converse to make this amazing map of London using typography and various London landmarks. Click the image above to view a much larger version. The artist is selling prints on his website. … [Read more...] about London Maps: The Converse Map of London
One of the perks of running this blog is that people send me cool products to test out all the time and as a shutterbug and wearer of glasses, my latest acquisition is a pile of awesome. Called the Silky Map, it's a micro-fiber glasses cleaning cloth printed with a map of London on it. It's literally the perfect travel accessory. I've been using it for a couple weeks and … [Read more...] about Cool London Travel Accessory: Map of London Glasses and Cleaning Cloth
Chef and Artisan Chocolatier Damian Allsop has made his own Chocolate versions of London. Each flavor evokes a certain part of London and the bar itself is in the shape of the Great London Map. From the website: Each bar is an individual journey inspired by the cultures around the iconic London Street Sign. These unique bars are all made by hand in our studio, just … [Read more...] about The Delicious Looking Chocolate Version of London
Check out this beautiful new London map from Herb Lester Associates. It's called At Your Service: London's best specialist suppliers and it's a lovely guide to specialist retailers in London. From their website: We have scoured the capital for experts, virtuosos and old hands in the realms of retail and repair. The 61 entries are spread across the city, a maker of … [Read more...] about Beautiful New London Map from Herb Lester – At Your Service: London’s best specialist suppliers
The folks over at Herb Lester Associates make beautiful maps of London, focusing on specific areas. They've just released a new map just in time for the holidays that focuses on the best places in London to grab a pint. From their website: There are pub guides for real ale drinkers, for amateur historians and for walkers, but this is a guide for all reasons. The 30 pubs … [Read more...] about Maps: A London Pub for All Reasons