London Letters is an interactive travel guide that features twenty-six eye dazzling pull-out maps of popular London neighborhoods created by illustrator Lucy Stephens. It is definetly not your typical A-Z travel guide and takes travelers on an artistic journey to discover London's hidden gems.
The first thing I noticed was the compact size which is perfect for throwing in your glove box or day pack for easy access when you are out and about. There are forty-eight neighborhoods in London so this guide covers just over half of them and Stephens has done a good job of selecting the best from each district.
The 26 guides, one for each letter of the alphabet, fit neatly within a sturdy slipcase for convenient access and storage.
Each card is a treasure-trove of beautifully illustrated details about each neighborhood including:
- historical, artistic and quirky landmarks
- the best places to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Unique and charming places to meet for coffee or drinks
- A fun bucket list of things to do
For example, let's take a look at one of the more popular neighborhoods in the North District of London, Camden.
As you can see, the above pull-out card features an illustrated map of the area along with tips on where to visit, places to eat, and interesting facts and travel information. Tips are organized by category and give a short description along with the address to help you locate the business or attraction.
As seen below, on the back of each card is a “bucket list” of things travelers must do/eat/see/drink to have the best experience in each area.
Of course you can also pick and choose which sites you'd like to see and leave a few for your next visit!
London Letters is not just a functional guide to London, it is a fun and interactive way to explore and discover things that you just don't get in a standard travel guidebook.