Here's How 1616 London Compares With 2016 London

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Artist Robin Reynolds has created a modern version of Dutch draughtsman Claes Jansz Visscher’s 6ft engraving of London from ‘back in the day’. The up-to-date work, called Visscher Redrawn, shows off just how much our capital has changed over the past 400 years, and brings back some great memories too. Great memories.

As you can see from the images below, London Bridge looked a lot nicer back then, despite all those unfortunate heads on sticks. The City was prettier too, featuring a series of intricate spires, rather than the mish-mash of odd-shaped glass and steel giants of the present age.

Even the boats were cooler in 1616, and don’t even get me started on the bloody cranes. One thing that has improved over the years, however, is St Paul’s, which had to be rebuilt in 1710 after the original cathedral was destroyed by a fire.

Now, technology bods, it's time to VR-ify this bad boy. [Guardian]