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26 November 2010 | Maps | By: M@

Hand-Drawn Maps Of London: Hoxton Square


It's been 'trendy' for a decade, yet has always had more than a touch of the doldrums about it. Hoxton Square is a schizophrenic place, lined with coders who think they're struggling artists, genuine struggling artists who haven't quite found the Overground to New Cross or Dalston, and a steady stream of the downcast, wandering in from Hoxton Street Job Centre. If any sociology undergrads are looking for a thesis, a comparison of Soho and Hoxton Squares would be a fascinating project.

Anyhow, here's a good starting point. Martin Usborne has doodled his impressions of Hoxton Square, apparently 'on a napkin in 5 seconds', highlighting the most probable places to encounter hoodies, the offensively trendy, and even a rare patch of grass. It's a pretty accurate rendition, but let us know if his all-seeing eye has missed any other peculiarities of this singularly peculiar place.

Send your own hand-drawn maps of London locations to hello - at - londonist.com. As well as appearing on Londonist, the most original efforts will go on display at our Museum of London exhibition next April.

Previously: Angel to Bankside, Borough of Southwark, Brixton as a tree, Central London, Hampstead Heath, Central London with no street names, Driver's Mind Map, Fleet Valley, London as a grid, King's Cross and Islington, Mayfair, Mayfair Squares, New Cross, Notting Hill, Paris versus London, Pimlico, Rivers, Stoke Newington, Walthamstow by mother and daughter.

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Dominic

More informative that the actual map sign on Hoxton Square http://www.flickr.com/photos/f...

MattFromLondonist

Ha, brilliant. That might very well be the most useless map since the eight-year-old me swapped my pocket money for a map to the Enchanted Forest and Magic Faraway Tree. (Turns out they weren't on the edge of Cleethorpes after all.)

Lewis

Best one yet I think - great work!