Picture the City

Journey through London in our digital exhibition.

Come and explore this city…

London is a city of layers. Even the most modern parts of the city can tell us stories from the past.

This digital exhibition brings together eight landscape paintings from our collection, showing us the beautiful scenery historic London has to offer. These paintings reveal the changing economic landscapes that built this city, as well as the people who have lived, worked and played here.

You’ll go all over London – from leafy Hampstead Heath to the industrial landscape of the Docklands – and meet a variety of people on your journey.

Explore from home

Choose a location to launch the exhibition on Google Arts & Culture.

See for yourself

Are you in London? Stand in the shoes of the painter and visit the exact spot shown in the paintings!

Across London, we’re bringing history to the streets with signage reproducing the paintings. Visit the signs to scan the QR code and bring historic London to life.

We’re using what3words to tell you where to find the London locations featured in Picture the City. what3words is an easy way to identify precise locations. Every 3 metre square has been given a unique combination of three words.

Find the signs by opening the what3words sign locations list on the what3words app. Or, using a web browser, click on the individual locations in the list below.

Want to walk the route? For a 5km route (1-2 hours of walking), we recommend starting at London Bridge and walking the first five sites in the exhibition to Covent Garden. Use the what3words sign locations list to find GPS directions.

For a 2km route (30 minutes – 1 hour of walking), we recommend walking the first three sites in the exhibition (London Bridge, Mansion House, and Ludgate Hill).

Each sign gives the best what3words location to recreate the painting. Use this what3words list on the what3words app to stand in the shoes of the painter.

Found the scene? Share your photos with us! Tag us using @boemuseum and the hashtag #PictureTheCity on social media.

Explore more!

Dig deeper with these Picture the City resources.

This page was last updated 26 January 2022

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