I got off the train and wandered out to the main road.
I wanted to create a new map.

It was sunny and busy and messy. I walked over the bridge and down to the main road, the air was thick and sweet with Indian food and car fumes. Southall ebbed and flowed with urgency. Language has swallowed up this part of town and made it into something new.


the language or dialect spoken by the ordinary people of a country or region.

architecture concerned with domestic and functional rather than public or monumental buildings.

Two Walks From West to East (2014) is a commission by Tom Keeley as part of the LUCIDE conference The Future of the Multilingual City at the London School of Economics and Political Science. The project seeks to offer a visual interpretation of the material established in the LUCIDE London research report (2014) as a means to offer new and alternate ways of exploring multilingual citizenship in London.

The two walks are routed from west to east, aligning the route to the flows and eddies of language in London parallel to the course of the Thames. The experiential map attempts to chart a new London vernacular, both in terms of dialect and architecture. One documenting where the layers of language overheard in the city become part of its physical fabric. This study is by no means comprehensive or exhaustive. It represents a certain route on certain days at a certain time.

Artist Commission Tom Keeley

Curated by Kiera Blakey

Graphic Design by Tom Merrell

Director LSE Language Centre, Nick Byrne