Ways to Walk in London by Alice Stevenson

When we first looked through this book, we found it charming and beautifullly illustrated. But the more we read, the more impressed we became. Written by illustrator Alice Stevenson (you may recognise her work as she is much in demand, and has created designs for, among others,  St. Jude’s, Vogue, Crabtree and Evelyn, and Marc by Marc Jacobs), it’s a lovely read and it really does make you want to rediscover London by walking around it. There are plenty of books about walking in the Capital of course, and many that are more comprehensive and detailed. But this one is special because it is so singular and because you are in Stevenson’s company – which is gently informative without being bossy or didactic. Stevenson has spent the last few years walking around her native London and this book details her journeys, which are both idiosyncratic (one walk, from Houslow to Isleworth, was chosen by sticking a pin in an A to Z), and purposeful (a walking tour of bookshops, for example, or following a circle from Fulham Broadway to South Kensington via Cheyne Walk), but none seem too long or off-puttingly taxing (either physically, or mentally). With her artist’s eye, she notices all kinds of things from often overlooked architectural details to the way a particular neighbourhood looks after its window boxes. Each walk is a mini-chapter in the book, and each one is beautifully illustrated – as you can see from the examples below.

 

 

What:
Ways to Walk in London: Hidden Places and New Perspectives, written and illustrated by Alice Stevenson.
Price:
£12.99
— Daisy
1st April 2015