We don’t like to have favourites but… this project is up there with the best of ‘em. Mainly because we got to have so much fun with letterpress. We were asked to look at how we could incorporate traditional letterpress printing into the design of the book so we commissioned artisan printers, Aardvark-on-Sea, to design and hand print the chapter openers. We then scoured London print shops for old wood blocks to adorn the interior. Kristen did the creative direction, along with Simon Rhodes at Random House, and Rowan Powell did the gorgeous interior text design. The cover was designed by Julia Connolly at Random House. We also designed and produced the website londonforlovers.net.
About the Book: London for Lovers navigates the changing face of the Capital, with all of its secrets and surprises, mapping out dates full of originality, spontaneity, and adventure, allowing you to concentrate on the main event – each other. Whether your idea of romantic bliss is walking with dinosaurs in Crystal Palace or star-gazing in Greenwich Park, sniffing out the best street eats in Maltby Street or unearthing Gothic romance in Highgate Cemetery – there are ideas here to suit every mood, every season and every budget.
There are suggested routes for quiet days of romance in Leafy London – from Hampstead Heath and Kensington Gardens, to Isabella Plantation and St James Park, taking in some secret gardens on the way. Or for the night owls, Late Night London – from the Seven Noses of Soho to the streets of Shoreditch, from Dalston’s hippest bars to Exmouth Market’s Cafe Kick. And then there’s Lost London, Last Minute London, Lazy London and Learned London, as well as Live and Left-field London.
For first dates and soul mates, long term Londoners or just visiting, this book freewheels through London to find you a few hours that could change everything.