Greetings from...London

Planning a trip to London or looking for some fresh city inspiration? CLICK on the postcards to explore recommendations from our creative community - featuring insider tips from London artists, designers, makers and the WBTC team!

 

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The Barbican

I love the brutalist architecture and the tropical garden in there.

Amazing concrete and Tropical mix!

Purveyor of powerfully positive print and paint
The Barbican

Silk Street
LONDON
EC2Y 8DS

Photo: The Barbican Estate by thelondonphile.com
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The Barbican

Silk Street
LONDON
EC2Y 8DS

I love the brutalist architecture and the tropical garden in there.

Amazing concrete and Tropical mix!

Purveyor of powerfully positive print and paint
Photo: The Barbican Estate
by thelondonphile.com

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Telegraph Hill

An epic skyline view of the city - one that can't be described.

You feel so close to the centre, yet you are surrounded by a lush green suburbia.

A great spot for thinking.

Skate culture influenced Artist and WBTC Carnaby team member
Telegraph Hill

Kitto Road
LONDON
SE14 5TW

Photo: Telegraph Hill by thcentre.com
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Telegraph Hill

Kitto Road
LONDON
SE14 5TW

An epic skyline view of the city - one that can't be described.

You feel so close to the centre, yet you are surrounded by a lush green suburbia.

A great spot for thinking.

Skate culture influenced Artist and WBTC Carnaby team member
Photo: Telegraph Hill
by thcentre.com

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The British Museum

An amazing collection of plundered treasures from around the world.

I could spend hours walking around the ancient Sumerian, Babylonian and Egyptian rooms.

No matter how busy the museum is, due to the vastness of the collection it's always possible to find a quiet spot to sit and draw .

Illustrator creating wonderfully detailed works in graphite and coloured pencil
The British Museum

Great Russell St
LONDON
WC1B 3DG

Photo: Esther Mahlangu's BMW Art Car 12 by (c) Adam Shoemark
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The British Museum

Great Russell St
LONDON
WC1B 3DG

An amazing collection of plundered treasures from around the world.

I could spend hours walking around the ancient Sumerian, Babylonian and Egyptian rooms.

No matter how busy the museum is, due to the vastness of the collection it's always possible to find a quiet spot to sit and draw .

Illustrator creating wonderfully detailed works in graphite and coloured pencil
Photo: Esther Mahlangu's BMW Art Car 12
by (c) Adam Shoemark

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Novelty Automation

It's just so weird.

Lots of token operated machines that do all sorts of bizarre things - from being frisked to controlling a nuclear reactor.

Like most great cities London's full of the most incredible art galleries, cafes and parks but I've never seen anything like this anywhere else.

Award-winning artist known for his stylish, off beat illustrations
Novelty Automation

1 Princeton St
LONDON
WC1R 4AX

Photos: Novelty Automation by Novelty Automation
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Novelty Automation

1 Princeton St
LONDON
WC1R 4AX

It's just so weird.

Lots of token operated machines that do all sorts of bizarre things - from being frisked to controlling a nuclear reactor.

Like most great cities London's full of the most incredible art galleries, cafes and parks but I've never seen anything like this anywhere else.

Award-winning artist known for his stylish, off beat illustrations
Photos: Novelty Automation
by Novelty Automation

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Royal Albert Hall

I first became obsessed with the Royal Albert Hall as a teenager when I discovered that supergroup Cream played their farewell concert there in 1968. The pomposity of a rock group playing a classical music concert hall tickled me and I've loved it ever since.
For grandeur, spectacle, as well as the stunning sound and a breathtaking sense of occasion - there is simply no better place in London to enjoy live music.

Graphic design collective creating fascinating city music maps
Royal Albert Hall

Kensington Gore
London
SW7 2AP

Photo: Royal Albert Hall by headout.com
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Royal Albert Hall

Kensington Gore
London
SW7 2AP

I first became obsessed with the Royal Albert Hall as a teenager when I discovered that supergroup Cream played their farewell concert there in 1968. The pomposity of a rock group playing a classical music concert hall tickled me and I've loved it ever since.
For grandeur, spectacle, as well as the stunning sound and a breathtaking sense of occasion - there is simply no better place in London to enjoy live music.

Graphic design collective creating fascinating city music maps
Photo: Royal Albert Hall
by headout.com

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Horniman Museum & Gardens

I live close to the Horniman now, but it was one of my favourite places way before I moved to Forest Hill.

It’s such a great museum with a room full of stuffed animals, another with hundreds of musical instruments - it even has an aquarium!

The gardens are lovely too, with views over London and a mini zoo featuring alpacas sporting funny haircuts. I even spent a year learning to play Gamelan here, but that's a whole other story.

A multi-discipline artist and typographer with a highly distinctive, mesmeric style.
Horniman Museum & Gardens

100 London Road
LONDON
SE23 3PQ

Photo: Walrus by Dani Tagen (c) Horniman Museum and Gardens
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Horniman Museum & Gardens

100 London Road
LONDON
SE23 3PQ

I live close to the Horniman now, but it was one of my favourite places way before I moved to Forest Hill.

It’s such a great museum with a room full of stuffed animals, another with hundreds of musical instruments - it even has an aquarium!

The gardens are lovely too, with views over London and a mini zoo featuring alpacas sporting funny haircuts. I even spent a year learning to play Gamelan here, but that's a whole other story.

A multi-discipline artist and typographer with a highly distinctive, mesmeric style.
Photo: Walrus
by Dani Tagen (c) Horniman Museum and Gardens

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Primrose Hill

It's the absolute best spot in London to see all of my favourite landmarks...

From Crystal Palace Transmitter on the far right, Battersea Power Station, The London Eye, BT Tower, The Shard, St Paul's, The City all the way over to Canary Wharf.

And the best thing is, it's all free!

Painter, collage artist and printmaker with a strong architectural focus
Primrose Hill

LONDON
NW3 3AX

Photo: Primrose Hill by (c) Jayson Lilley
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Primrose Hill

LONDON
NW3 3AX

It's the absolute best spot in London to see all of my favourite landmarks...

From Crystal Palace Transmitter on the far right, Battersea Power Station, The London Eye, BT Tower, The Shard, St Paul's, The City all the way over to Canary Wharf.

And the best thing is, it's all free!

Painter, collage artist and printmaker with a strong architectural focus
Photo: Primrose Hill
by (c) Jayson Lilley

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Queen Elizabeth Rooftop Garden

A wonderful green spot in the middle of the very popular Southbank.
It's just above the oldest open air skatepark in London, next to the amazing Southbank Centre.

Only open during warmer months but well worth a visit - it's a quiet, green, not too busy (just don't go there on a Friday evening) space where you'll find yourself sipping on a refreshing drink, surrounded by beautiful plants & looking at the city around you.

Illustrator specialising in watercolour painting and portraits
Queen Elizabeth Rooftop Garden

Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX

Photos: Queen Elizabeth Rooftop Garden by southbanklondon.com
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Queen Elizabeth Rooftop Garden

Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX

A wonderful green spot in the middle of the very popular Southbank.
It's just above the oldest open air skatepark in London, next to the amazing Southbank Centre.

Only open during warmer months but well worth a visit - it's a quiet, green, not too busy (just don't go there on a Friday evening) space where you'll find yourself sipping on a refreshing drink, surrounded by beautiful plants & looking at the city around you.

Illustrator specialising in watercolour painting and portraits
Photos: Queen Elizabeth Rooftop Garden
by southbanklondon.com

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Leake Street

A tunnel full of amazing street art that runs underneath Waterloo station.

There's always something new to see as the artwork is constantly changing.

It's an inspiring, colourful part of london tucked away near the London Eye.

Definitely worth a wander down.

Graphic designer, illustrator and WBTC Carnaby team member
Leake Street

LONDON
SE1 7NN

Photo: Leake Street Tunnel by popuppainting.com
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Leake Street

LONDON
SE1 7NN

A tunnel full of amazing street art that runs underneath Waterloo station.

There's always something new to see as the artwork is constantly changing.

It's an inspiring, colourful part of london tucked away near the London Eye.

Definitely worth a wander down.

Graphic designer, illustrator and WBTC Carnaby team member
Photo: Leake Street Tunnel
by popuppainting.com

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Crystal Palace

One of the original Victorian suburbs of London - it's very green and has some great views over the city.
I remember visiting the area a lot as a kid - we would often go to Crystal Palace Park which, apart from being a very nice park, is also historically significant as it was designed to house the Great Exhibition of 1851. The town itself is also well worth a visit; there is a daily antique market and regular craft and farmers markets at the weekend.

South London based artist and printmaker
Crystal Palace

Thicket Road
LONDON
SE19 2GA

Crystal Palace c. 1910 by ideal-homes.org.uk
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Crystal Palace

Thicket Road
LONDON
SE19 2GA

One of the original Victorian suburbs of London - it's very green and has some great views over the city.
I remember visiting the area a lot as a kid - we would often go to Crystal Palace Park which, apart from being a very nice park, is also historically significant as it was designed to house the Great Exhibition of 1851. The town itself is also well worth a visit; there is a daily antique market and regular craft and farmers markets at the weekend.

South London based artist and printmaker
Crystal Palace c. 1910
by ideal-homes.org.uk

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Grant Museum of Zoology

From floor to ceiling, this small but very special museum showcases thousands of species from the animal kingdom.

The museum is like a library, full of Victorian display cases of preserved species.

I love this place! It's not the most obvious location to find a museum - it's quite hidden and not too busy, which makes you feel like you've really stumbled across someone's private collection!

A real gem.

Colourful and captivating graphic designs inspired by travel
Grant Museum of Zoology

21 University St
LONDON
WC1E 6DE

Photos: Grant Museum of Zoology by Pui Lee
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Grant Museum of Zoology

21 University St
LONDON
WC1E 6DE

From floor to ceiling, this small but very special museum showcases thousands of species from the animal kingdom.

The museum is like a library, full of Victorian display cases of preserved species.

I love this place! It's not the most obvious location to find a museum - it's quite hidden and not too busy, which makes you feel like you've really stumbled across someone's private collection!

A real gem.

Colourful and captivating graphic designs inspired by travel
Photos: Grant Museum of Zoology
by Pui Lee

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Carnaby Street

I've been lucky enough to work in and around Carnaby for the past 10 years!
There's no place like it in central London for independent shopping, amazing food and brilliant London pubs.
Kingly Court is a hidden gem for food and cocktails, I've had so many brilliant nights there after work.
Plus... WBTC was born here! For me there is nothing quite like Carnaby on a summers day with one of our incredible artists creating live art on the street.

Buyer and head of creative product development for WBTC
Carnaby Street

SOHO
LONDON
W1F 9QF

Photo: Carnaby Street by Carnaby (c) 2017
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Carnaby Street

SOHO
LONDON
W1F 9QF

I've been lucky enough to work in and around Carnaby for the past 10 years!
There's no place like it in central London for independent shopping, amazing food and brilliant London pubs.
Kingly Court is a hidden gem for food and cocktails, I've had so many brilliant nights there after work.
Plus... WBTC was born here! For me there is nothing quite like Carnaby on a summers day with one of our incredible artists creating live art on the street.

Buyer and head of creative product development for WBTC
Photo: Carnaby Street
by Carnaby (c) 2017

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Victoria Park

We visit Victoria Park with our dogs just about every day, and no trip is complete without a visit to the Pavilion Cafe for delicious food or a cup of tea.

Not far from our office, the park is the perfect place to clear our heads, talk through ideas and keep the dogs from going stir crazy in the office!

Independent publishers celebrating London's past and present
Victoria Park

Old Ford Road
LONDON
E9 7DE

Photo: Lovebox, Victoria Park by (c) Danny North
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Victoria Park

Old Ford Road
LONDON
E9 7DE

We visit Victoria Park with our dogs just about every day, and no trip is complete without a visit to the Pavilion Cafe for delicious food or a cup of tea.

Not far from our office, the park is the perfect place to clear our heads, talk through ideas and keep the dogs from going stir crazy in the office!

Independent publishers celebrating London's past and present
Photo: Lovebox, Victoria Park
by (c) Danny North

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Brasserie Zedel

Formally the The Regent Palace Hotel, this place literally takes me back in time to the 1930s.

Its marble entrance, tall opulent ceilings and gold gilding are overwhelming and delightful.

The cocktails are great too!

A printmaker and illustrator, with a charming and celebratory take on London's places and people
Brasserie Zedel

20 Sherwood St
LONDON
W1F 7ED

Photo: Brasserie Zedel by David Loftus (c) Corbin & King
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Brasserie Zedel

20 Sherwood St
LONDON
W1F 7ED

Formally the The Regent Palace Hotel, this place literally takes me back in time to the 1930s.

Its marble entrance, tall opulent ceilings and gold gilding are overwhelming and delightful.

The cocktails are great too!

A printmaker and illustrator, with a charming and celebratory take on London's places and people
Photo: Brasserie Zedel
by David Loftus (c) Corbin & King

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Tower Bridge to Morden Wharf walk

There is a lot of London history here.

I can guess how these places used to be in the past; steam boats coming in and leaving the docks, crowds of people all around the docks... I can feel all that smog!

I love industrial London. I love how the city matches past, present & future and how East London - grey and filthy in the past - came back to life with plenty of colour and creativity.

Designer and screenprinter with an industrial focus and passion for neon inks
Tower Bridge to Morden Wharf walk

LONDON
SE10 0NU

Photo: Morden Wharf by uandiplc.com
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Tower Bridge to Morden Wharf walk

LONDON
SE10 0NU

There is a lot of London history here.

I can guess how these places used to be in the past; steam boats coming in and leaving the docks, crowds of people all around the docks... I can feel all that smog!

I love industrial London. I love how the city matches past, present & future and how East London - grey and filthy in the past - came back to life with plenty of colour and creativity.

Designer and screenprinter with an industrial focus and passion for neon inks
Photo: Morden Wharf
by uandiplc.com

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The Southbank

The Southbank includes places like the Royal Festival Hall, Borough Market and Tate Modern. Not to mention the great views of landmarks such as St Paul’s. The Tate is always inspiring to visit and I think there’s something there for everyone. The Matisse Cut Out’s show from a few years ago being a highlight for me - I think I went to see it about 5 or 6 times!

Illustrator creating bold, playful work with a retro-contemporary aesthetic
The Southbank

Belvedere Rd
London
SE1 8XX

Photo: A Room For London by southbanklondon.com
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The Southbank

Belvedere Rd
London
SE1 8XX

The Southbank includes places like the Royal Festival Hall, Borough Market and Tate Modern. Not to mention the great views of landmarks such as St Paul’s. The Tate is always inspiring to visit and I think there’s something there for everyone. The Matisse Cut Out’s show from a few years ago being a highlight for me - I think I went to see it about 5 or 6 times!

Illustrator creating bold, playful work with a retro-contemporary aesthetic
Photo: A Room For London
by southbanklondon.com

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Spitalfields Market

The area of Spitalfields is an amazingly creative and diverse area that is definitely worth visiting.

We opened our first shop here almost 15 years ago, just round the corner from the Golden Heart Pub.
Our work in the beginning was inspired by gritty East London and the start of the London street art scene.

It is a must to pop down here on a Sunday and experience the market and all the surrounding shops.

Design duo who love to draw, make and do
Spitalfields Market

LONDON
E1 6EW

Photos: Old Spitalfields Market by oldspitalfieldsmarket.com
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Spitalfields Market

LONDON
E1 6EW

The area of Spitalfields is an amazingly creative and diverse area that is definitely worth visiting.

We opened our first shop here almost 15 years ago, just round the corner from the Golden Heart Pub.
Our work in the beginning was inspired by gritty East London and the start of the London street art scene.

It is a must to pop down here on a Sunday and experience the market and all the surrounding shops.

Design duo who love to draw, make and do
Photos: Old Spitalfields Market
by oldspitalfieldsmarket.com

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God's Own Junkyard

It’s a haven of amazing neon loveliness!
Even on a miserable day, stepping foot inside God's Own Junkyard is like escaping normality for a short while.
Often I have been there when it’s been empty and I’ve been able to just walk around for ages looking around, discovering new pieces and taking it all in.
It’s quite a spectacular place if you love signage and light, which I do. Every time I go I feel hugely excited and completely inspired.

Illustrator and sign-writer creating high-impact typography artworks
God's Own Junkyard

Shernhall Street
LONDON
E17 9HQ

God's Own Junkyard by God's Own Junkyard
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God's Own Junkyard

Shernhall Street
LONDON
E17 9HQ

It’s a haven of amazing neon loveliness!
Even on a miserable day, stepping foot inside God's Own Junkyard is like escaping normality for a short while.
Often I have been there when it’s been empty and I’ve been able to just walk around for ages looking around, discovering new pieces and taking it all in.
It’s quite a spectacular place if you love signage and light, which I do. Every time I go I feel hugely excited and completely inspired.

Illustrator and sign-writer creating high-impact typography artworks
God's Own Junkyard
by God's Own Junkyard

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Tate Modern Viewing Platform

This is my favourite place at the moment, mainly because I'm super nosy and enjoy snooping at the flats that you can see into!

I also love to take a notebook up there with a cup of coffee and sketch the buildings: it's the best all round, close up view of buildings in London (and it's free).

You can see so many buildings in such detail and from a new perspective.

Illustrator inspired by skylines and landscapes, creating distinctive prints and homewares
Tate Modern Viewing Platform

Swift House
London
SE1 9TG

Photo: Viewing Platform by tate.org.uk
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Tate Modern Viewing Platform

Swift House
London
SE1 9TG

This is my favourite place at the moment, mainly because I'm super nosy and enjoy snooping at the flats that you can see into!

I also love to take a notebook up there with a cup of coffee and sketch the buildings: it's the best all round, close up view of buildings in London (and it's free).

You can see so many buildings in such detail and from a new perspective.

Illustrator inspired by skylines and landscapes, creating distinctive prints and homewares
Photo: Viewing Platform
by tate.org.uk

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The Southbank

The Southbank riverside has been one of my favourite spots in London since I was a nipper.

The width of the river opens up views to see the different districts of the city in all directions, and you can sit looking at the Thames with boats of all different sizes travelling along it.

The area has an international feel, with museums and attractions for tourists to visit and a lot of public open space to enjoy.

Designer-maker of unique earthenware ceramic homewares
The Southbank

LONDON
SE1 8XX

Photo: Southbank Skatepark by Creative Commons
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The Southbank

LONDON
SE1 8XX

The Southbank riverside has been one of my favourite spots in London since I was a nipper.

The width of the river opens up views to see the different districts of the city in all directions, and you can sit looking at the Thames with boats of all different sizes travelling along it.

The area has an international feel, with museums and attractions for tourists to visit and a lot of public open space to enjoy.

Designer-maker of unique earthenware ceramic homewares
Photo: Southbank Skatepark
by Creative Commons

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Falafel

Camberwell was the first place I moved to when I came to London and it still feels like home - so many amazing creative spaces and delicious food spots.

I went to Falafel the first week I arrived and still can't find anywhere that comes close.
The staff are super friendly and it's always busy.

The food is amazing - especially the falafel - and they also do the best lemon and mint juice.

Fine artist, maker and WBTC Carnaby team member
Falafel

27 Camberwell Church Street
LONDON
SE5 8TR

Photo: Falafel by londoncheapeats.com
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Falafel

27 Camberwell Church Street
LONDON
SE5 8TR

Camberwell was the first place I moved to when I came to London and it still feels like home - so many amazing creative spaces and delicious food spots.

I went to Falafel the first week I arrived and still can't find anywhere that comes close.
The staff are super friendly and it's always busy.

The food is amazing - especially the falafel - and they also do the best lemon and mint juice.

Fine artist, maker and WBTC Carnaby team member
Photo: Falafel
by londoncheapeats.com

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Hyde Park

Hyde Park has got so many layers.
The Diana Memorial Playground is amazing for taking the kids. It’s got a full size PIRATE SHIP!
Hyde Park also has the Serpentine Gallery; the annual Serpentine summer pavilion is a really inspiring sculptural structure to explore.
Not to mention going around the round pond, the Serpentine lake for an afternoon’s boating and generally forgetting you are in London walking through the trees of Kensington Gardens.

Artist and graphic designer, working in hand-crafted illustration and typographic animation
Hyde Park

LONDON
W2 2UH

Photo: Hyde Park by mysecretlondon.com
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Hyde Park

LONDON
W2 2UH

Hyde Park has got so many layers.
The Diana Memorial Playground is amazing for taking the kids. It’s got a full size PIRATE SHIP!
Hyde Park also has the Serpentine Gallery; the annual Serpentine summer pavilion is a really inspiring sculptural structure to explore.
Not to mention going around the round pond, the Serpentine lake for an afternoon’s boating and generally forgetting you are in London walking through the trees of Kensington Gardens.

Artist and graphic designer, working in hand-crafted illustration and typographic animation
Photo: Hyde Park
by mysecretlondon.com

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Sky Garden

A top story garden and cafe on top of the ‘Walkie Talkie’ building.

Being able to look out at London’s amazing overlapping architecture is hugely inspiring for my intricate cityscape designs. At certain times of day the area can be very tranquil and inspiring.

As well as a 360 degree view of London, there is also good coffee, many exotic plants, as well as a couple of telescopes!

Award-winning artist creating complex map and landscape illustrations
Sky Garden

1 Sky Garden Walk
LONDON
EC3M 8AF

Photo: Sky Garden by skygarden.london
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Sky Garden

1 Sky Garden Walk
LONDON
EC3M 8AF

A top story garden and cafe on top of the ‘Walkie Talkie’ building.

Being able to look out at London’s amazing overlapping architecture is hugely inspiring for my intricate cityscape designs. At certain times of day the area can be very tranquil and inspiring.

As well as a 360 degree view of London, there is also good coffee, many exotic plants, as well as a couple of telescopes!

Award-winning artist creating complex map and landscape illustrations
Photo: Sky Garden
by skygarden.london

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The Gowlett

Great pints and great pizzas!

A bold and contemporary illustrator working in prints, 3D media and murals
The Gowlett

62 Gowlett Road
LONDON
SE15 4HY

Photo: The Gowlett by london-se.com
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The Gowlett

62 Gowlett Road
LONDON
SE15 4HY

Great pints and great pizzas!

A bold and contemporary illustrator working in prints, 3D media and murals
Photo: The Gowlett
by london-se.com

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