You know that we live for London here at Time Out. But when we see that love expressed in a stylish book full of London-centric illustrations, it brings out the urbanist geek in us.
'L is for London' takes us through the city, one letter of the alphabet at a time. Paul Thurlby describes his style as 'retro-modern', and the graphic midcentury-modern influence jumps out from bold pictures of contemporary metropolitan icons. He arrived at illustration via stints in advertising and T-shirt design, and bookshelves across the land are the better for it.
Here's a taste of his capital ABCs, spelling out – of course – Time Out.
T: 'According to legend, a wealthy American bought the old London Bridge thinking it was Tower Bridge.'
I: 'Ice skating has become a festive tradition in London at Christmas time.'
M: 'Millennium Bridge is nicknamed the "wobbly bridge" after it swayed from side to side on its opening day.'
E: 'The 32 capsules on the London Eye represent the 32 London boroughs.'
O: 'The Olympic Park was built for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.'
U: 'The Underground is the oldest underground railway in the world.'
T: 'There is now a glass walkway which offers a view of London life 42 metres above the river Thames.'
Buy it for a hip child you know or keep it as a talking point to flick through on your coffee table. Just keep your actual coffee well away from it.