LONDON CULTURE GUIDE
&
NEW LANDMARKS OF LITERARY LONDON

Cover, opener and interior illustrations 
for the summer special Financial Times Weekend Magazine 
London culture issue
About new literary landmarks, 
hidden rivers, grime scene & more 


GREENWICH 

In Ali Smith’s 'There But For The' we see Greenwich 

through the eyes of the 10-year-old dinner party guest Brooke

Do as Brooke does and take a book to the Pavilion Cafe 

next to the observatory in Greenwich Park, before you leave

KILBURN

In Zadie Smith’s 'NW' the lives of the four central characters 

are deeply rooted in the Kilburn High Road

“A local tip:”, writes Smith, "the bus stop outside Kilburn’s Poundland 

is the site of many of the more engaging conversations 

to be heard in the city of London”

HACKNEY

When Bernardine Evaristo was writing 'Mr Loverman' 

she situate her main character in Dalston, Hackney, 

as it was in the eighties.  

She still finds places to love there these days

She recommends the Arcola Theatre in particular

GUNNERSBURY

A woman’s body is pulled from the Thames river 

in Linda Grant’s novel 'A Stranger City'

Some of the city’s best riverside pubs can be found 

near the un-loved west London neighbourhood of Gunnersbury 

where a number of Grant’s characters live

The City Barge is perhaps the best of them all