Meet a traveler and illustrator Maxwell Tilse from Sydney Australia. He has been documenting his journey around Europe by creating tiny drawings of each city he visits. After two years of living in London, Tilse released a series of miniature cut-out illustrations depicting the city’s oldest pubs along with other famous landmarks.
Tilse took photo of the illustration with the landmark in the background and provides a historical fact about each building and also shared his personal relationship with each structure.
A very quick little pub sketch of The Crown in Seven Dials, Covent Garden. The Crown is a nice little spot in a very historic area. Opened in 1833, the second picture shows the same pub in 1888.
The Coach & Horses, 5 Bruton Street, Mayfair. The pub itself isn’t anything unique. In fact there are over 50 pubs named Coach & Horses in London alone. This is Tudor architecture that’s nestled in between the grand Victorian hotels and galleries. This little drawing is just only 5 cm tall.
The Dove. Broadway Market, Hackney. Another little pub, it has only been around since the early 1990s. They serve those great strong Belgian beers.
Big Ben (Elizabeth Tower). Big Ben is actually the giant bell that lives inside the clock). .
Big Ben has marked the hour with almost unbroken service since 1860. The £29m renovations will install a new lift, a basic washroom/bathroom, a four-lane bowling alley and not one but two Pret A Mangers.
The Shard, Southwark London. Looking across the Thames from the Millennium Bridge. Towards Borough markets and eventually Tower Bridge in the distance.
Argyle Street, London. At the end the Liberty department store and on the right, the London Paldium.
99 Charing Cross Road on the east end of Old Compton Street, Soho. The neo-Baroque style building, with its unusual green glazed brick and yellow sandstone, was built in 1907. Old Compton Street on the other hand has been around since the 1680s. Holding a fascinating history of disease, debauchery and wonder. Walking through Soho is an absolute charm.
An iconic London cinema illustration. The Ritzy, Coldharbour Lane, Brixton. The Ritzy is a great old piece of architecture.
It was one of the earliest purpose built cinames in England when it opened in 1911 as the ‘Electric Pavillion’. It changed names quite a few times over the years. During the late 70s and 80s it was heavily associated with a left-wing socialist agenda. In 2009 a live music venue was added upstairs. Now, it’s a nice spot to grab a drink and catch a cheap flick on a Monday evening. Gotta love Brixton.
Street sketch from Paris. A typical corner café.
The Oberbaum Bridge Berlin over the River Spree. Looking west with the Berlin TV Tower in the distance. .
This red brick bridge was built in 1896 over an existing wooden bridge from 1732. In 1961 the bridge became part of the Berlin Wall border between east and west, connecting Friedrichshain with Kreuzberg.