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A yellow/red/blue colour scheme is adopted for all buildings and stations, so that the map is...

Former examples include Senate House, the chunky building that is the University of London library (and allegedly was going to be the UK HQ for the Germans if they had won the Battle of Britain), and the London Underground HQ at 55 Broadway, which sits above St James’ Park station.

More delicate buildings include the gorgeous former Daily Express building on Fleet Street (which has this amazing staircase), and the equally curvy Florin Court in Charterhouse. Famously, the chimney had windows shaped as “O”, “X”, and “O”, to get around strict advertising regulations of the time.

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The Children’s Map of London (sometimes called the Children’s Pictorial Map of London) was drawn by Leslie Bullock and first published by Bartholomew in 1938, the edition here is I believe the original version.

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Despite this, it was likely a good map to navigate by, as it includes most of the street network, and doesn’t distort the geography.

A lot has changed of course, since the 1930s – Euston station, for instance, looks a lot grander on the map, as this was before it was pulled down and replaced with a giant shed in the 1960s.

It contrasts with the light-up Lego map of the modern network that was recently installed in the new Lego shop on Leicester Square.

I also liked this experimental Braille map of the tube network, from the 1990s.

It is commonly known as the Woodcut Map or the Agas Map, after Ralph Agas, a local surveyor of the time, who had created a similar map of Oxford, but it is now believed he was not involved. The Mo EML project has also carefully catalogued the building and other London objects that appear on the map – these appear as categories on the map key and can be highlighted on the map from there. It’s printed on silver paper, which gives the roads and rivers a lovely, sparkly sheen to them.