We could spend hours looking at every brilliant detail of this beautiful hand-illustrated map. We’re seriously not surprised that it took the artist, Cally Lathey, a dedicated 5 months to complete it! She drew the entire map using only fineliners and marker pens (plus heaps of talent and an incredible eye for detail). It sure is far more pleasant on the eye that the tube maps we glare at on a daily basis. From the colourful lights at Granary Square, to the elephant and castle at Elephant and Castle, we could spend hours finding the wonderful quirks in this map!
Cally told Secret London that her favourite places she sketched were the one she visited as a child, including the zoo, London’s big museums, Holland Park and Portobello Road. She also loved being able to bring out the more obscure and somewhat forgotten aspects of London in her illustrations, as well as referencing some of the capital’s musical legends and films such as 1987 British cult classic Withnail & I.
Cally created the map with the intention to appeal to all ages – both kids and grown ups alike. Exploring the map certainly brings out the inner child in us, as every time we look at the map we spot new things every time. Let us know your favourite things you spot in the map by sending a tweet to @HouseofCally and @Secret_LDN.
Below is an image showing the map as a work in progress.
To explore more of Cally’s work and buy her prints, check out her colourful website www.houseofcally.com