The fifty best entries to the fourth Serco Prize for Illustration go on show at London Transport Museum today – and they’re fantastic. Last time we were at the museum it was for the wonderful Poster 150 exhibition and many of these new artworks and designs wouldn’t look out of place next to some of the finest from the archive.
There are many outstanding images, bringing diverse London stories to illustrated life in imaginative, creative and clever ways. The Tower of London is a popular source of inspiration with its ravens and menagerie beasts, and ghost buses and trains are also inevitably popular. We were pleased to see the Thames Whale remembered, the Queen’s secret tube station exposed and Gog and Magog nestling beneath the city, but it was the escaped monkey jazz band on the loose in Notting Hill that was the judges’ first choice.
Tonight there’s a Late at the museum to celebrate the opening of London Stories. Take in the exhibition after hours and enjoy London music, adult storytelling aboard heritage vehicles, the chance to illustrate your own London story, balloon sculptures, crafty things, a quiz and 2-4-1 Night Bus Cocktails. Tickets £10, £8 concessions, 6.45-10pm.
London Stories opens today at London Transport Museum until 16 April. Entry to the Museum is £15/£11.50 with unlimited return visits within one year. Under 16s go free. Open 10am-6pm (Fridays 11am-6pm).