Even on a bad day, we Londoners can be startled into a smile by the beauty of the Thames. For those of us too poor to live in a riverside apartment, ‘London Unfurled’ is a way to take the experience home. Matteo Pericoli’s handsome pen-and-ink drawings open out into a 37-foot long banner, which invites the reader to navigate the city’s architectural eclecticism – from Battersea Power Station to the London Eye to the unfinished Shard. With this London homage, New-York based illustrator Pericoli has continued a winning formula (his previous offering was ‘Manhattan Unfurled’) and his minutely-detailed masterpiece unites the city into a cohesive and organic whole. The book’s ingenious accordion-style design means it can be opened in two directions: one for the south bank, and one for the north. So choose your side, pour a glass of wine and enjoy the view.
‘London Unfurled’ is published by Picador at £25. For info, see picador.com.