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The Poster Prize for Illustration 2019 exhibition: London Stories

  • London Transport Museum Covent Garden Piazza (south east corner) London WC2E 7BB UK (map)

The Association of Illustrators (AOI) in partnership with London Transport Museum (LTM) is delighted to announce a new exhibition of 100 illustrations from the Poster Prize for Illustration on the theme of “London Stories” from 8 February to 14 July 2019

This exhibition featuring 100 illustrations by artists such as Bill Walsh, Erica Sturla, Anna Steinberg, Sarah Perkins and Richard Johnson opens with a Friday Late on 8 February at the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden and celebrates one of the world’s greatest cities – London, and reveals some of the fascinating tales of London life past and present.

From urban myths, historic events and remarkable characters, to daily lives and adventurous animals, the exhibition offers new perspectives and insights into the cultural history and heritage of London. London Stories reveals the wealth of real and fictional tales and events inspired by, or having taken place in, London and embraces the quirky, amusing and bizarre as well as the day to day aspects of life in the capital.

Party people can join AOI and London Transport Museum for the opening night at a special love-themed Friday Late on 8 February in the heart of Covent Garden. With a London Lovers cocktail in hand, guests can enjoy a jam-packed evening of activities including talks on travel and romance, a perfume salon allowing visitors to discover the scents that were considered attractive in different eras, a tattoo parlour where they can get their lover’s name inked temporarily, and a Victorian craft workshop where they can print their own anti-Valentine's card.

Visitors can join a tour of the new London Stories exhibition and discover more about the artworks on display, with Brian Webb, panel judge for the Prize for Illustration and renowned designer and director of Webb & Webb Design, and Sabine Reimer, the Association of Illustrators’ Awards Manager, and a designer herself. Or browse the exhibition in your own time and then enjoy London Transport Museum’s other galleries.

There will be a bar, DJ and captivating lectures, curator tours, workshops and activities at the Friday Late. Listen to tales of travel and romance, discover the history of hidden pride, and unearth the secret signs of stories that can be discovered all over town if you know where to look.

The London Stories exhibition is displayed in the Exterion Media Gallery at London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, London, WC2E 7BB until 14 July 2019 and admission is included in the entry ticket to the main Museum galleries (prices for adults start from £16:00 online).

Tickets allow unlimited daytime admission to the Museum galleries and temporary exhibitions for a whole year from the date of purchase.

The London Stories Friday Late is from 19:00 to 22:00 and entry is £15/£12. Adults only. For further information visit call 020 7565 7298.

Talks Highlights of the evening: Steamy Romance: step back in time to discover how trains transformed the romantic lives of everyday people. With Sophie Ratcliffe, author of The Lost Properties of Love. Stardom on the Strand: find out how the Gaiety Girls wowed late-Victorian London, redefined stardom with their daringly modern musical comedies and laid the groundwork for today’s celebrity culture. With Rob Gallagher, editor at, a digital archive celebrating lives on the Strand, past and present. Architectural Marmite: explore the good, the bad, and the ugly of London’s architecture, and question why it divides us. Topics include brutalism and how high-rise buildings make you feel. With Oliver Green, a Research Fellow for London Transport Museum and a freelance historian, author and curator. What to expect on a Queer Tour of London: talk by Andrew Lumsden, QTOL guide and founder of Gay News in 1971. Queer Tours and Accessibility: talk by Josh Hepple, QTOL and Access4All guide, disability equality trainer, and activist.

Talks programme at the museum during the run of the exhibition: Living with Buildings and Walking with Ghosts, with Iain Sinclair Thursday 21 February 2019 – 19:00, lasts approximately one and a half hours London has inspired countless stories and perspectives over time, but as sweeping changes take place, what lies on the other side for the capital and those who inhabit it? Join Iain Sinclair as he recounts his own perspective on the city he has written about for many years, and what remains or begins for life after London.

Bus Fare: Stories of the London Bus Thursday 21 March 2019 – 19:00, lasts approximately one and a half hours Instantly recognizable, endlessly imitated: London's buses are iconic. Not merely a vital component of the city's infrastructure, they are equally embedded in its culture; written about, sung about, joked about, filmed, painted (and painted on), advertised, and celebrated in myriad ways. Social historians Travis Elborough and Joe Kerr embark on a journey celebrating the unique relationship that Londoners have with one of the most iconic modes of transport and discuss what routes are best loved and why. Elborough and Kerr, and contributors to their new anthology Bus Fare, reveal all.

London Made Us: A memoir of a Shape-Shifting City Thursday 4 April 2019 – 19:00, lasts approximately one and a half hours BBC broadcaster and author Robert Elms will take you back through time and place to a myriad of Londons. ‘London is a giant kaleidoscope which is forever turning. Take your eye off it for more than a moment and you’re lost.’

All of the talks take place in the Cubic Theatre at London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, London, WC2E 7BB. Tickets cost £12/£10 and advance booking is available at

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