#London visual alphabet by @StWiltshire

Stephen Wiltshire is an artist – he draws and paints landscapes. What is even more interesting: some of his works and other representations of cities are put down on paper from memory.

A real skill, as some people could say that most urban spaces are identical.

So, Stephen Wiltshire created this visual London alphabet. Each letter representing a London well known building/landmark.

His work is unique, simply done in black and white but beautiful too.

Houses of Parliament by Stephen Wiltshire

Houses of Parliament by Stephen Wiltshire

Marble Arch by Stephen Wiltshire

Marble Arch by Stephen Wiltshire

V and A Museum by Stephen Wiltshire

V and A Museum by Stephen Wiltshire

To see the full set visit this dedicated page HERE.


London cityscape

After London Olympic Games in 2012, the British Capital has become even more popular.

Initially, visitors/tourists would stay in the heart of the city: Trafalgar Square, National Gallery, Buckingham Palace and The Mall as well as Regent Street for some shopping and Piccadilly/Oxford Circus.

There was already a kind of buzz previously to the event. But, it has all improved and multiplied.

Due to many changes, London attracts for fun and business.

There is always something to visit/see – so many galleries and museums to discover. It is endless and themes are varied. It can be very traditional or go insanely contemporary and abstract. Pop-up shops have emerged when the recession did hit us all.

This gave anyone the opportunity to experience one day of retail by using empty premises. And curiously, this worked and still works very well.

The contrast and paradox with financial struggle is also the change and evolution of London’s buildings and architecture.

A couple of different shapes have appeared.

The Gherkin and The Shard.

The Shard London

All these unusual and new landmarks give people visiting London something to talk about beside Big Ben and the London Eye as well.

Is there another European City such as London with an eclectic cityscape? Probably not.

Who said that London was “so rigid, old and boring“?

Even the historical Savile Row has Hauser & Wirth – an art gallery in a modern building designed by Selldorf Architects  with a great variation of artists and styles.

Hauser and Wirth Window Display London

This shows that property management is still going strong.

East London – Shoreditch – went through a rebirth. Old warehouses have become trendy spaces too for offices or indoor markets. It is very multicultural and people are loving it.

Tate Modern is also expanding to give art lovers even more choice and artworks to discover.

All this is possible in conjunction with experts in pre-planning and 3D architectural animations.

Of course, not everyone is off to London to admire a building but when you see that people are now taking pictures in front a landmark with iPads it says it all.

Bringing back home a postcard is certainly fading and digital devices are the norm due to the fact that by just pressing a button it is possible to share where you are with the World. This means allowing potential friends and family members to pick this destination too – according to the image in their inbox or Facebook page.

London cityscape pencil sketch