Mapping London: The North/South Divide And Electric Tube

If there’s one thing we love, it’s a London map — the quirkier the better. And we’ve long loved the work of Ollie O’Brien, one half of the team at cartographer’s heaven, Mapping London.

Ollie has now produced two new maps for purchase. The Electric Tube started from the premise of drawing circular Underground routes (Circle Line and London Overground) as actual circles, with the Piccadilly and Central Lines represented as straight lines. The Northern Line looks like it’s had one too many pints, but the map has a strong degree of topographical accuracy. We particularly enjoyed the scenic route that the cable cars seem to be taking. The map reminds us of the work of Max Roberts, whose similarly curvy charts are also for sale.

The North/South map is simpler, but equally fascinating to look at. The only features marked are buildings, meaning that open spaces such as parks and rivers are conspicuous by their absence, and large buildings such as the O2 are easy to spot. Can you see your house/workplace/pub you ended up at last night?

Prints of either map can be bought from Ollie for a very reasonable £15.

See also: A guide to alternative London Tube maps

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  • Mark343

    Let’s have a third circle, around outer London!

  • Ser Na₂Ca(CO₃)₂•5H₂O

    Do you mean spatial accuracy, not topographical accuracy?

    • hostile_17

      Oh, it’s the same thing!

    • londona729

      Are you a chemist as well?( looking at your username)

      SodiumCalcium Bicarbonate

      • Ser Na₂Ca(CO₃)₂•5H₂O

        A geologist, sir :)

  • Max Roberts

    Hmmmm. Would be more impressive if it had all the stations shown on it. At the moment its just a few squiggles rather than a design. Up to the challenge Ollie?