Run For The Hills
Run For The Hills

Explore London's Literary Side With This Gorgeous Map

Run For The Hills
Run For The Hills

London is home to some of literature’s most famous characters: Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter, James Bond, and Eliza Doolittle, just to name a few. While these figures are fictional, many of their favorite haunts are real—and a creative typographic map, spotted by The Telegraph, lets readers follow in their footsteps.

The artwork was designed by Run For The Hills, a London-based creative studio run by Dex, an artist, and Anna Burles, an interior designer. It features characters from more than 250 books set in London; each one "has been plotted in the corners of the city they most liked to roam or chose to call home (sometimes on Her Majesty’s Pleasure),” according to the website description.

Some character names, like Oliver Twist and Dorian Gray, are instantly recognizable. Others, like Nicholas Forsyte and Stella Rodney, might require a little Googling. And even though England is known for its canonical 19th-century novels, the poster also lists figures from contemporary works, like the lovably clumsy Bridget Jones.

The Literary London map is available for purchase online. (It’s currently on sale for around $190.) Check out some photos below.

[h/t The Telegraph]

All photos courtesy of Run for the Hills.

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If you find yourself mixing up nigiri and sashimi at sushi restaurants or don’t know which fruits are in season, then this is the book for you. Food & Drink Infographics, published by TASCHEN, is a colorful and comprehensive guide to all things food and drink.

The book combines tips and tricks with historical context about the ways in which different civilizations illustrated and documented the foods they ate, as well as how humans went from hunter-gatherers to modern-day epicureans. As for the infographics, there’s a helpful graphic explaining the number of servings provided by different cake sizes, a heat index of various chilies, a chart of cheeses, and a guide to Italian cold cuts, among other delectable charts.

The 480-page coffee table book, which can be purchased on Amazon for $56, is written in three languages: English, French, and German. The infographics themselves come from various sources, and the text is provided by Simone Klabin, a New York City-based writer and lecturer on film, art, culture, and children’s media.

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The art of vanishing fore-edge painting—hiding delicate images on the front edges of gilded books—dates back to about 1660. Today, British artist Martin Frost is the last remaining commercial fore-edge painter in the world. He works primarily on antique books, crafting scenes from nature, domestic life, mythology, and Harry Potter. Great Big Story recently caught up with him in his studio to learn more about his disappearing art. Learn more in the video below.

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