Perhaps a case of form over function, but the form is nevertheless a lot of fun and at the very least innocuous – Curiocity is a new map/magazine “for London” offering “unexpected ideas for journeys and encounters around the capital.”
I got a copy of the second issue of this zine sent compliments of the editors, Henry Eliot and Matt Lloyd. Folded up neatly into a pocket-sized little pamphlet, it was a bit of a treat when it arrived in the post all tiny-like and then even more so when I unfurled it for my initial look-see.
The theme for “Issue B” is London as a zoo and features a central full page map of an “alternative London Zoo with unusual animals plotted across the capital” on one side and a ton o’ quirky London facts on the other. I actually learned a thing or two giving Curiocity a read and even cracked a smile a couple of times. Sorry though, no spoilers. Get your own copy!
The magazine is available to buy online and at a handful of rather reputable stockists (Stanford’s, Wellcome Collection, ICA, Rough Trade East, the British Library, Daunt Books, Gosh! Comics and Foyles). And a copy only costs a measly £2. It’s well worth that. For such a wee publication it’s packed full of interesting tidbits, cool things to do and plenty of quirk. I reckon a copy would make a sweet little gift for someone or just a nice little pick-me-up for yourself.