This month saw the launch of London Sketchbook, Jason Brooks’ fabulously whimsical take on the Big Smoke.
This fashion illustrator whose work has largely appeared in Elle and Vogue presents a beautiful series of drawings, quotes and anecdotes that showcase the fashion, architecture and traditions that make London so iconic.
It’s part guide book, part illustrated journal and introduces itself with a story about Jason’s first experience of London when his grandfather took him there as a boy. He later returned as an art student and following his successful Paris Sketchbook, he produced this book about London in the same fun and artistic style.
London Sketchbook takes the reader on a fascinating artistic journey through our modern-day city, covering everything from architecture and food and drink, to fashion, arts and the evolution of our transport systems.
I was lucky enough to get a preview copy of London Sketchbook and I love it. Not only does it remind you what’s so wonderful, weird and charming about London, it also give you an insight into the city’s history, plus some interesting facts many of us may not know.
For example, did you know…
– Thirty-three bridges cross the Thames from the sea to Hampton Court…
– Waterstones on Piccadilly is Europe’s largest bookshop…
– Folgate Street in Spitalfields is home to Dennis Severs’ house – an 18th Century house that’s frozen in time to an era of 17th Century silk weavers.
– Hatchard’s on Piccadilly is Europe’s oldest bookshop…
The book also visits some of London’s most magnificent buildings, from the OXO Tower and of course Buckingham Palace to the Shard, Battersea Power Station and – one of my favourites, the Great Court of the British Museum
So if you’re looking for a luxurious coffee table book that’s interesting, entertaining, informative and intertwined with fascinating quotes and artistic beauty, the London Sketchbook could be exactly what you’re looking for.
Until next time x
‘When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.’ – Samuel Johnson
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