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Adam Dant: The Return of London Exhibition

01/05/2021 12:00 pm – 31/08/2021 12:00 pm | The Crypt of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square

Come along to Adam Dant’s new solo exhibition – The Return of London at the Crypt of St Martin-in-the-Fields. A collection of limited edition prints and original drawings including maps that salute London’s Theatres, Lost Rivers and bustling London Squares.

Adam Dant has created a brand new commemorative map to mark the 300th anniversary of the first foundation stone being laid at the Church of St Martin-in-the-Fields. Unveiled for all to enjoy for the first time at The St-Martin-in-the-Fields Crypt Gallery ‘The Novel Map of the Parish of St Martin in the Fields’ forms the exciting centrepiece for an exhibition of the artist’s lively depictions of London public spaces. Using Dant’s novel map, visitors are encouraged to revive the tradition of ‘beating the bounds’ of The Parish of St-Martin in the Fields, walking its perimeter so to reaffirm their memory of the streets and sights that have lain unvisited through a year of lockdown.

Visitors to the exhibition will also be able to enjoy large scale prints from Dant’s series of depictions of ‘London Squares’ including, on show for the first time, his depiction of the vibrant tumult and turmoil of nearby Leicester Square. The exhibition is the perfect way to celebrate a return to our extraordinary capital after twelve long months and salute St Martin-in-the-Fields’ significant 300th anniversary.



Maps of London & Beyond is a spectacular, large-format collection of Adam Dant’s fine art maps giving a unique view of our history and life today.

Artist and cartographer Adam Dant surveys London’s past, present and future from his studio in the East End. Beautiful, witty and subversive, his astonishing maps offer a compelling view of history, lore, language and life in the capital and beyond.

Traversed by a plethora of colourful characters including William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Mary Wollstonecraft and Barbara Windsor, Adam Dant’s maps extend from the shipwrecks on the bed of the Thames to the stars in the sky over Soho. Along the way, he captures all the rich traditions in the capital, from brawls and buried treasure to gin and gentlemen’s clubs.

Accompanying text by the artist gives the background to each of the handsome cartographic artworks, revealing his inspirations and artistic process and outlining his cultural allusions. Reproduced in large format, the maps invite the reader to study all the astonishing and often hilarious details within, offering hours of fascination for the curious.

Published in conjunction with the Spitalfields Life blog, Maps of London & Beyond includes an extensive interview with Adam Dant by the blog’s founder The Gentle Author.



Adam Dant studied at the Royal College of Art, London and the MS University Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda, India. He creates dense, elaborate narrative drawings that examine and depict public contemporary life, space, mythologies and histories. These works are thoroughly researched, with the artist drawing on a deep well of historical and visual sources to create his wittily perceptive detailed drawings. Dant lives and works in London.

When: Daily 12-5pm
Crypt of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ
Tickets are complimentary and can be booked here