Cartographic London

This set of gang maps of London (tied to particular boroughs and postcodes – some historical information here) has encouraged us to put together a few of the better online resources of London maps. By no means comprehensive, but hopefully a useful one-stop shop for launching off. Charles Booth’s celebrated Poverty Map of London has a fantastic online home, thanks to the LSE. There is much, much more out there.


In vague chronological order: London 1690, a Google Earth layer / the Development of London, 1666 – 1799, a project by Frank Sdoutz / Samuel Leigh’s New Map of the Environs of London of 1819 / Christopher and John Greenwood Map of London 1827 / John Snow’s London Map of 1859 / The Pocket Atlas and Guide to London 1900 / Victorian London Railway Map / Old London Maps has even more.


Then there is the modern obsession, the underground map: A History of the London Tube Maps, including the The Wonderground Map of London Town, drawn by MacDonald (Max) Gill (brother of Eric) – which relates to A Piccadilly Fantasy: London in 2050 / the London Photo Project includes a section on Walking between all the stations of all the London Underground tube lines / the London Noise Map / Metropolitan Police Crime Mapping / map of Property Hot Spots, a selection of pragmatic and functional maps that should include the Open Street Map of the city.


A more random selection. London map on a dish / London Schools Challenge Tube Map (shades of Simon Patterson’s The Great Bear. See also Tube Map Variations / Stephen Walter’s The Island, 2008 / Finally, there are a raft of projects collated by Strange Maps, including Gridding London, Hexagonal London and the Lost Rivers of London.

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4 Responses to Cartographic London

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  2. Daniel says:

    This is my new favourite page on the entire web. THANK YOU.

  3. @soshanau says:

    I ? maps! And I love this page! I agree with Daniel, my new favourite page ever!

  4. Maria Popova says:

    Love this roundup, particularly the gang maps and Frank Sdoutz’s development timelapse. You may also dig these five creative derivatives of the London Tube map. Cheers.

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