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16 April 2010 | Maps | By: M@

Hand-Drawn Maps of London: Brixton as a Tree

Hand-Drawn Maps of London: Brixton as a Tree


This arboreal representation of Brixton comes from reader Liam Roberts, who does a great job of describing his creation:

[Here is] Brixton, rendered as a tree, featuring a few of the great treasures of the neighbourhood - i.e. pubs and cafes that I make a habit of frequenting! You'll notice that north is "down" and south is "up" - partly because Brixton's roads better resemble a branching, forking tree this way, and I guess there's also an antipodean streak in me (strange as a Canadian) that would like to see the south treated as "top" wherever possible. The tree is drawing water from London's great giver of life, the Thames, depicted here as part of the underground watertable. Some of my favourite unique and characterful pubs and cafes are represented here either as hanging fruit, or as nests: I thought this made sense as these places can be sources of sweet sustenance, as well as temporary dwellings.

Beautiful, we hope you'll agree.

More maps needed!

However weak or strong your artistic skills, we want to see your take on a local London area. Be as inventive as you like. Please send images to tips@londonist.com.

Previously: Hampstead Heath, Notting Hill, King's Cross and Islington, Stoke Newington, central London, New Cross, Mayfair.


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Oh, that's just lovely! Liam, how can we get copies of your drawing?


That's excellent!


Thanks! I'll be looking into reprductions of this map once I'm permitted by the Icelandic volcano to come ack to LDN :)

In the meantime, please check out my online shop of other hand-drawn maps, if you're interested - but please no orders until 24 April. http://caprimaps.etsy.com


Harry Wood

There's an event in Brixton Village related to Maps tomorrow. Well actually there's all kinds of artistic stuff going on there. It's a spacemakers event

...but tomorrow there will be a couple of volunteers from the not-for-profit OpenStreetMap project along doing some stuff with community-built maps. Some details on the OpenStreetMap wiki


Hi - I've created a new, larger version of the Brixton as a Tree map, and now have limited edition prints for sale on:


You're welcome to take a gander!


Rachel Godfrey

Hello @Liam Patrik , We were at the Museum of London yesterday and absolutely loved your map of Brixton as a tree!! We've had some great nights out in the pubs you've drawn over the last four years we've lived here, and I've just bought a copy from your Folksy page as a unique reminder. Thanks so much, Rachel