Last year, Gospel Oak-based artist Sian Pattenden created two beautiful hand-drawn maps for us: one was of eclectic thoroughfare Prince of Wales Road, the other a best-selling cultural map of the whole area.
So it made sense to ask her to design the front cover of the first ever print issue of our new King’s Cross-focused title, Gasholder.
“It’s rapacious and corpulent,” she writes in a column on the area, “but has an edge, that overused term. Maybe it’s kept in line by the vast swathes of Somers Town and its estates which breathe cigarette smoke over the salarymen.”
Peer closely at Sian’s work and you’ll see verdant oasis Camley Street Natural Park nestling near restaurant-ville Granary Square; and locals’ fave Chalton Street Market rubbing shoulders with characterful boozer the Somerstown Coffee House. There are also arts venues like the Gagosian and King’s Place that you may not yet have visited. So hopefully it’s useful, too.