UCL European Institute


Lost & Found: A European Literary Map of London

Explore London through the eyes of European writers through the ages and reflect on the city as a place where journeys intersect; where people and cultures meet and are transformed.

For centuries, writers have come to London from across Europe and beyond – as honoured guests and anonymous aliens; tourists and refugees; students and wanderers. 

Their encounters with the city leave a mark: on the writer, on their work and, sometimes, on London itself. Lost and Found: A European Literary Map of London uncovers these literary traces, revealing a London and a Europe of the imagination.  


European Literary Map of London


Featuring more than 80 entries, in over 20 European languages, explore London via our online map.

Public exhibition: Lost & Found

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Visit our public exhibition which brings the European Literary Map of London to life in UCL's South Cloisters.

Diversifying the Map: Suggest an entry

Birds eye view of people walking

Contribute a map entry and learn more about how we are working to diversify the map, and support new writing on London. 

School Visits & Teaching Resources

A student reads a book in a library

 Access resources intended to help secondary school teachers and students engage with the map. 

Writer in Residency Programme


In collaboration with the European Literature Network and EUNIC London, we're delighted to be launching a Writer in Residency Programme from 23/24.

How has London changed you?

how has London changed you

The Map has inspired a broader campaign, #LondonChangedMe, designed to explore students' encounters with London, and celebrate UCL's diversity.

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This film was was created by students from City University, studying MA Journalism. (Music: Erik Satie: Gymnopedie No 1, Kevin Macleod, Free Music Archive, Creative Commons Attribution Licence.)

This exhibition and the wider European Literary map of London project illustrate beautifully the longstanding and enduring cultural connections between the UK and the European continent, and the important role of the written word in building cross-cultural bridges and expanding our collective understanding.

His Excellency Pedro Serrano, EU Ambassador to the United Kingdom
Diversity is our city’s greatest strength, and this engaging exhibition celebrates London’s rich blend of people and cultures and the fascination of European writers through history with the capital. It also highlights the power of art and creativity and their significant role in our history.

London’s Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries, Justine Simons OBE 

European Writers' Festival 2024

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