Maps are often objects of beauty as well as informative guides to an area. Paula Simoes excels in both, despite choosing the seemingly unglamorous subject of London’s toilets for her map:
As a native Londoner, it is sometimes difficult to see the city in a new light. I’ve also lived in various areas throughout the years so I don’t particularly feel as though I belong to one single neighbourhood. As a result of this, I decided to focus on an often overlooked aspect of London instead, namely its practical and often quirky loos! Quite a large area is covered here and the river acts as a good reference point to all the selected loos. I wanted my map to be useful yet fun. And let’s face it, we all need loos – whether we find ourselves living in London or just passing through.
Doggy loos, an art gallery in a cubicle, paperless toilets, an egg-shaped lav…who knew that our local pivysphere was so diverse?
Feeling inspired? Why not use the Christmas hols to hand-draw a map of your bit of London (or the wider city under an unusual theme, as here)? The best maps will be selected for our upcoming exhibition at the Museum of London. Send entries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, Hoxton Square, London as a grid, King’s Cross and Islington, Mayfair, Mayfair Squares, New Cross, Notting Hill, Paris versus London, Patchwork London, Pimlico, River Fleet, Rivers, Stoke Newington, Walthamstow by mother and daughter, Westminster kettling.