How To Doodle A Cities of Wonder Map
STEP #1 — JOT DOWN A LIST OF YOUR FAVORITE LONDON LANDMARKS
Below includes a list of our top ten sites to see in London! You may not have space on your map to include too many handwritten notes; however, researching interesting facts about your favorite sites in the Greater London area may turn out to be a separate fun project in itself.
1. BUCKINGHAM PALACE
George III bought 'Buckingham House' in 1761 for his wife Queen Charlotte, and it quickly became known as the Queen's House. Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of the UK's sovereigns since 1837, and it serves as the administrative headquarters of the Monarch today. Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms and more than 50,000 people visit the Palace each year as guests of State banquets, lunches, dinners, receptions and Garden parties.
2. LONDON EYE
In 2020, the London Eye will celebrate its 20th birthday! The London Eye started with an "eyedea" generated by David Marks and Julia Barfield, renowned husband and wife architecture team. The London Eye made it is first full rotation on New Year's Eve 1999. As London's most popular attraction, the London Eye has welcomed over 76 million visitors. Learn more about the history of the London Eye.
3. THE TOWER OF LONDON
The Tower of London attracts over three million visitors per year. As the most secure castle in the land, the Tower guarded royal possessions and even the royal family in times of war. The Tower was built in the 1070s by William the Conqueror and since has served as a fortress, palace and even a prison. Learn more.
4. BIG BEN
While most everyone refers to this famous landmark as Big Ben, the tower itself is actually called 'The Elizabeth Tower'. Big Ben was the name originally given to the Great Bell inside of the tower. Big Ben turned 160 on July 11, 2019. Learn more.
5. TOWER BRIDGE
Originally built between 1886 and 1894, the Tower Bridge is truly a defining landmark of both London and the United Kingdom. The Tower Bridge has been the location of a number of daring feats including Frank Miller flying a plane through the Bridge in 1951 and when Albert Gunter jumped the bridge in London's number 78 bus in 1952, on accident of course, safely landing with all passengers on the north side. Learn more.
6. PICADILLY CIRCUS
A busy square in the heart of London, Picadilly Circus is famous for its nineteenth century fountain, the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain, and neon advertising, similar to that of New York's Time Square. The name 'Picadilly' originated from a seventeenth-century frilled collar called the piccadil. The word 'Circus' is used in reference to the roundabout that connects five main roads of London. Learn more.
7. THE GHERKIN
Defining the London skyline, The Gherkin is one of London's most instantly recognizable towers and has been named 'the most civilized skyscraper in the world'. Its high-powered lifts are capable of transporting 378 people at a time at a speed of 6m per second. The Gherkin is also over three times the height of Niagara Falls! Learn more interesting facts about The Gherkin.
8. ST PAUL'S CATHEDRAL
For more than 1,400 years, a Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has stood at the highest point in the city of London. The present Cathedral is the masterpiece of Britain's most famous architect, Sir Christopher Wren. Learn more about the Cathedral's history.
9. LONDON ZOO
The Zoological Society of London celebrated 190 years of the London Zoo in 2018, as the Zoo officially opened its doors on April 27, 1828, making it the world's oldest scientific zoo. Did you know that the children's story, Winnie-the-Pooh, was actually inspired by a female black bear called Winnie that lived at the ZSL London Zoo from 1914 until 1934. Unlike many bears, she was extremely tame and enjoyed being handled. Author Alan Alexander Milne, changed the name of his iconic character to Winner-the-Pooh after visiting the Zoo with his son, Christopher Robin. Learn more interesting facts about the ZSL London Zoo.
10. TATE MODERN
Tate Modern is in the top ten most visited museums and galleries in the world, welcoming over 5.7 million visitors. Henry Tate, a 19th century sugar merchant from Liverpool, not only introduced sugar cubes to the United Kingdom, but he also donated his collection of contemporary paintings and £80,000 to the government, setting the foundation for the Tate Galleries in 1896 (Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives in Cornwall). Learn more about Tate Modern.
STEP #2 — REFERENCING A DIGITAL MAP OF LONDON, LOOSELY PLOT OUT LOCATIONS OF YOUR FAVORITE LANDMARKS
No need to be perfect in your plotting, but sketching out an erasable grid and using an "x" to plot the locations of your landmarks on your paper are great starting points.
STEP #3 — DOODLE IN YOUR BEST LANDMARK ILLUSTRATIONS
Start with illustrating the place you want to visit first when you arrive to London, and continue to doodle until you have replaced every "x" on your plot with a beautiful drawing that represents each top spot that you have selected.
STEP #4 — WRITE IN YOUR TITLES
Label each of your chosen landmarks in your own handwriting, and don't forget to add the name of your city to your page in big, bold letters!
STEP #5 — DOODLE IN ILLUSTRATIONS OF ICONIC FEATURES
Pick out the icons that best represent your ideas of London city life (food, music, buses, the Queen, etc.) and doodle them onto the page using your imagination.
STEP #6 — FINISH UP YOUR LONDON MAP BY SKETCHING IN YOUR STREETS
Using the digital map from Step #2 as your reference, draw in the roads of London, connecting each landmark as you doodle. You can also fill in any negative space with trees, as per the United Nations' definition, the density of trees per square mile in London qualifies it as an actual forest.
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Jaq Jaq Bird's Cities of Wonder Erasable Book Collection allows children to trace and illustrate their travels, in-person or imaginary, all while learning to love the world around them. Each book includes an educational, interactive map guide featuring landmarks, facts and more about the city.
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