Saturday, 24 December 2011

Thank you for using the Homeless City Guide

This project uses photographs of rough sleeper places in central London. It combines these with the icons from the Homeless City Guide. This is a language invented for homeless people. The idea being that they use it to communicate with one another. The icons appear as a regular feature of the magazine The Pavement.

The icons were designed by Emily Read and Chen Hsu in 2007. Their work is described as follows:

2 bed accommodation near the Savoy Hotel, London

Underneath the iconic Waterloo Bridge and sharing the same enviable views as the landmark Savoy Hotel this accommodation has an enviable location on the River Thames. The spot is literally steps away from some of the world’s finest theaters  museums and opera houses. Its proximity to the City means you will be ideally placed whether you are in London for business or pleasure or both.

- A good place to sleep
- Good food is thrown away here
- Potential for work
- Message board near here
- Friendly place
- Good place to drink and smoke

Listed on Where to Sleep as:

2 bed accommodation near the Waldorf Hilton, Aldwych

Explore London's West End from this unusual accommodation close to the iconic Waldorf Hilton hotel in Theaterland, 5 minutes' walk from fantastic shopping in Covent Garden. Dine in style next to the River Thames, de-stress with the wide open vistas or even go for a refreshing dip. Visit top London attractions within a mile radius of this central London accommodation, including the London Eye and Trafalgar Square or enjoy a the bustle of theaterland. Situated where the city meets the West end the accommodation is perfect for business or leisure travelers alike.

Main facts:
- Good food thrown away here
- Potential for work
- Dangerous neighborhood
- An attack happened here
- Message board nearby
- Good place to drink and smoke

2 bed accomodation near the Hilton, Park Lane

Near the soft green swathes of Hyde Park, This accommodation is one of the most desirable places to stay. A luxury spot of great repute, the accommodation embodies the highest of traditional values, with spaciousness and charm.

Superbly located in the heart of London's Mayfair on Park Lane, between Marble Arch and Hyde Park Corner, The accommodation is close to exclusive London shopping in Bond Street and Knightsbridge and is within easy access of many London attractions including Buckingham Palace, West End theaters, the Royal Albert Hall and the National Gallery.

Main facts:
- safe for sleeping
- good food thrown away here
- potential for work
- message board nearby
- friendly place
- good place to drink and smoke

1 bed accommodation near Grosvenor Hotel, Victoria

This airy and spacious accommodation close to London's landmark Victorian Grosvenor Hotel is located right near Victoria railway station and also near Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament. Whether you are in London for business or pleasure you will appreciate the location close to the major attractions and London's famous parks - Hyde Park, Green Park and St James park are all within easy strolling distance.

The accommodation offers many and varied dinning options - The Cathedral Plaza is especially famous for its cuisine and attracts like minded diners from all over London.

Main facts:
- Friendly place
- A good place to sleep
- Security guard
- Good food thrown away here

1 bed accommodation near Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch

Spectacular location near Oxford Street and close to Hyde Park. A wonderful hideaway, close
to the renowned Cumberland Hotel, it is perfectly positioned where bustling Oxford Street meets glamorous Park Lane, this accommodation is not for the faint-hearted. You need to be on your toes here and show creativity and flair to keep one step ahead of the crowd. The rewards are big. Perfectly placed for the West End theaters and shopping trips, with Oxford
Street just two minutes’ walk away and with views over Hyde Park.

Main facts:
- Unfriendly place
- Attacks have happened here
- Strong police presence
- You will be moved on
- Good food thrown away here

1 bed accommodation near Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane

London, with its unique blend of history and culture, is constantly changing, with new landmarks, stylish restaurants and clubs opening up all the time. This accommodation, not for the faint hearted, provides the ultimate London address for people wanting to stay in the heart of this dynamic city. Strategically located in London's exclusive Mayfair on Park Lane (between Marble Arch and Hyde Park Corner), the accommodation is within easy access to London's most exclusive shopping areas, including New Bond Street, Old Bond Street and Knightsbridge. Oxford Street and Piccadilly are also close by.

Many of London's main attractions, including the British Museum, Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the London Eye and the Tower of London are easily accessible on foot and by public transport.

Just a two-minute walk from Hyde Park Corner underground station, the accommodation is within minutes of London's West End theaters, as well as the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden and the English National Opera House at the London Coliseum.

With London's largest royal park, Hyde Park, just steps away, you can enjoy one of London's finest landscapes. Housing the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, Hyde Park also offers a range of leisure activities from jogging and tennis to boating on the Serpentine and horse riding.

Main facts:
- Good place to sleep
- Strong police presence
- Attack has happened here
- Guard dogs
- You'll get moved on here