Map of St. Luke's, London

Client: St. Luke's Trust | June 2014 | Digital rendering
St. Luke's Trust, a charitable organisation based in a community centre in the St. Luke's neighbourhood in central London, approached me to design a decorative map of their area for use in their publicity and to sell as a print. The intention is to raise the profile of this mostly residential neighbourhood, located between the City, Angel, Clerkenwell and Shoreditch, which is little known to most people nowadays and is commonly referred to as simply 'Old Street' owing to that station's location nearby.

The whole map, measuring 36 x 28 cm. The border design is directly influenced by the architecture of the old St. Luke's church (now LSO St. Luke's), designed by Hawksmoor in the early 18th century. The purple background indicates the extent of the old parish boundary of St. Luke's, whilst some surrounding area up to St. John Street to the west and Hoxton to the north east are also included.

Detail of the centre of the map. Old Street itself passes through the centre of the neighbourhood and the station and roundabout (nicknamed 'Silicon Roundabout' due to the high number of tech companies based nearby) are located on the eastern edge.

Detail of the three Barbican estate towers to the south.

Detail of the northern part of the map, showing City University, King Square and Turnpike House (where part of Pink Floyds's video for 'Another Brick In The Wall' was shot) and new tall residential buildings around City Road Basin.

Detail of the official coat of arms of the London Borough of Islington, of which St. Luke's is now part.

Detail of the seal of the old Metropolitan Borough of Finsbury, of which St. Luke's was also a part until both were amalgamated with the borough of Islington to form the larger, modern borough in 1965.