Summer: It’s a Really Big Deal

This artistic map of central London attractions was drawn by illustrator Andy Smith for Chiltern Railway, as part of a promotion to attract families into London during the summer holidays.

We like the bold and unusual colour scheme for the map, of maroons, pinks and oranges. It’s fairly unusual to see the Thames in pink but it works with the theme! We also like the predominance of bicycles appearing, and especially the “Boris Bike” unofficial nickname for the bikeshare, appearing prominently. It may never have been a term that the authorities have used, but, with the official names always being long-winded, it is something that has stuck!

The map is an artwork but is approximately topologically correct, revealing just how much there is to do on a central London day-trip.

Copyright Andy Smith.


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