Category Archives: Sunday Selection

Will Self on skyscrapers, London boroughs and a blueprint map of the week


Surely I’m not the only one that finds Bank Holiday weekends so disorientating? After weeks of religiously posting numerous Sunday Selections on (wait for it) Sundays, I’ve only gone and messed up because it’s now Monday night and I’ve got no clue what’s going on. How I’ve had four days off and not really registered that is beyond me.

This weekend has seen a lot of family stuff, the baking of several sweet potato burgers and the spiralising of a ton of courgetti. I also rediscovered 2048, reaching that sweet number an embarrassing number of times and then today I reached 4096, before realising that I really need to get a life.

I sincerely hope your weekend was filled with fun and frolics and I promise to actually do some stuff in London, and blog about it, soon. Just as soon as I delete that blasted 2048 app.

Here’s some stuff from the Internet I’ve been reading this week:

Will Self talking about skyscrapers. On a random note, I once attended a lecture presented by the great man himself. Just as interesting in real life.

Happy birthday London boroughs!

10 ways to solve Britain’s housing crisis

Map of the week: Blueprinted

Hand drawn map of the week: (via Reddit)

Want of the week: this desktop London skyline organiser

Have a great week,


Sunday selection: NYC photos, women on the road, dirty old London


I’d like to say I’ve done a lot this week, but that would be a lie. I pretty much spent my evenings this week watching the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt before having a rare and most welcome Friday night out in Shoreditch. Last night I finalised my Woodford Reserve cocktail entry – let me know what you think of Doctor’s Orders, my take on the classic American Old Fashioned cocktail.

Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:

Everyday moments from the New York City we rarely see

The lack of female road narratives and why it matters

Dirty old London – the filthiest empire in the world?

Stories of gentrification, from London to LA.

Have a great week ahead,


P.S. Subway Maps

Image: AnaGic

Sunday selection: the tube logo, London today and Pippa Middleton


I remember the first time my dad suggested I visit the Kings Road for a bit of shopping. Back in his day, it was a great area to pick up interesting, quirky and often second-hand clothes.

Even ten years ago there were some great little shops. Today it’s all about the chains, from the high street stores to expensive brands. Independent shops are few and far between. It’s a great alternative to Oxford Street on a Saturday but there’s nothing original about the place.

Determined to find a charity shop we started walking towards Fulham. On our way we bumped into the ultimate Sloane – Pippa Middleton. It was really rather peculiar. I’m trying to turn this fact into an interesting story but there just isn’t one. It just felt like an event I should record in this journal blog of mine for minute taking purposes.

Weekend rumblings aside, here are some reads that have kept me entertained this week:

The history of the London Underground roundel

A whole day on the tube, in two minutes

Let’s turn street parking into bike lanes

Old London, new London

House prices – a Borough cartogram

Have a great week,


Image: Alessia Caudiero

Sunday selection: bourbon, cities, London arcade and a meet-up?


My week couldn’t have started any better, drinking bourbon at a Woodford Reserve event on Monday night. It made me realise that Monday nights are underrated – surely there’s no better way to start the week than in the company of interesting people with an Old Fashioned in hand.

Would anyone be up for a Monday night bourbon club? We could sip some liquid sunshine and discuss:

This reimagined Eames chair (for two!)

American railway photography

Perhaps we could visit this new London arcade

And then wander around London on our own typographic mission

We will likely get angry talking about how London has privatised itself to death

And weigh up the pros and cons of turning old phone booths into mobile phone charging stations

With plenty of talk about the relationship between cities, architecture and art

Anybody in?! If you fancy a night of my kind of city related geek leave a comment / send me a tweet / drop me an email and if anybody’s interested let’s make one Monday this month awesome.

Have a great week,


Sunday selection: how women are changing cities, gentrification, neighbourhoods + more


Yesterday was the most amazing day of the year. The air smelt like spring and it was a wonderful day to be alive. Maybe all those romantic poets got it right after all; there’s nothing like the joy nature brings.

Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:

Gentrification and how we define neighbourhoods

Women in the workplace and how women are changing our cities (Happy International Women’s Day!)

How to design a beautiful city

Rules for a creative workplace culture

And in case you missed them, my first hotel review and a sushi class in Holloway.

Have a great week,


P.S. What life is all about

Sunday selection: small living, 3D cities and would you text a signpost?


From being invited to a sushi making class on Tuesday with a bunch of lovely bloggers to a cheeky midweek staycation in a new London hotel and a little outing to London Fashion Weekend today, it’s been a great week. Throw in a Ryan Adams gig, brunch at Bad Egg and mother and daughter catch-up time and I’ve done more this week than I did in January. Sometimes it’s nice to just say ‘yes’ to everything and see where it takes you.

Here are a few things I’ve been reading this week:

The history of living small in New York City

Intricate drawings of cities, suburbia and the built environment

Tumblr of the week: BrutalistParkingGarage

3D printed cities

Would you text a signpost?

Talk of the week: Aspirations for cities of the future: visions from London and Birmingham

Have a great week ahead,


P.S. a great tip for nervous flyers

Sunday selection: streetcars, illustrated maps, food from the movies + more


Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:

Streetcars of desire

Food from the movies (an Oscars special)

Global cities and population shifts

An illustrated map of London from 1877

Should we be focusing on the wealth gap instead of the income gap?

Have a great week ahead,


P.S. Desert Island Books

Image: rupert15 via pixabay

Sunday selection: tall buildings in cartoons, the DNA of cities and maps of London


After (shamefully) watching Fifty Shades of Grey with a friend on Friday night I spent Saturday at the Wellcome Collection, finally viewing the Sexology exhibition. Very appropriate for Valentine’s Day. It was really good and I’ll share my highlights some point this week.

Here are a few things I’ve been reading this week:

Tall buildings in New Yorker cartoons

Photos of Cairo’s sandstorm

The DNA of cities

The London Underground All Lines challenge

Intricate hand drawn maps of London

Photos of where you live

Have a great week,


P.S. Did you get to the Mapping the City exhibition before it closed?

Tiny homes, a London challenge, the food politics of Los Angeles + more


Thanks to Timehop I realised today marks one year since I broke my leg. Timehop reminds you what photos you took this time last year, and it seems that whilst I was in a morphine induced haze alone in A&E I took photos of the drip, the cannula and my ripped leggings. Because that’s what society today is about folks. I’m going to blame the morphine for my snap happy attempt at documenting life that day, and just be grateful that I had enough clarity to resist sharing the moment with you all on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook.

It’s not been a bad weekend for an anniversary. The mighty Spurs beat A****** in the London derby, I had a lovely gin cocktail at book group yesterday (& an even lovelier time catching up with friends) and today I managed to eat half a platter of smoked salmon bridge rolls at tea time so you can’t ask for a better weekend than that.

Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:

The food politics of Los Angeles

This takes micro homes to a whole new level (h/t @whampstead)

The old pastry shops of downtown Tehran

The role design can play in empowering sustainable actions

How to digitally restore vintage maps

Challenge of the year – who fancies it?

Have a great week ahead,


Sunday selection: songs about cities, Kings Cross and why public transport should be free


And just like that, it’s February. How are those New Years resolutions going for you? As usual I haven’t followed through with mine (yet) but I have this hopeful feeling that January was an anomaly in general and that 2015 is going to be an amazing year.

Anyway, enough of the philosophising and over to the really interesting bunch of stuff I’ve read this week:

The best songs about cities

Why can’t public transport be free?

Helpful layout maps of Kings Cross stations

Cities and their fonts

Talk of the week: City, Country, Suburb? at the Royal Academy

Read anything interesting about cities this week? I’d love to take a read too.

Have a great week,