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One of my favourite jigsaws is London Looking North and recently passed it on to my niece to complete after she spotted it in my pantry! The jigsaw is complicated at 1000 piece but it is great for children to learn about the fabulous city. ==Price and availability== The jigsaw was bought for me as a gift, but on checking Amazon it costs around £9.99. ==Quality== The image is superbly created, beautiful rich colours that add depth to the picture. The famous landmarks stand out but on the whole image is densely filled with buildings and parkland that surround the Thames. Olive spotted the Thames straight away and said that it was the one from Eastenders. I told her the river was the Themes and straight away she was interested in learning about the places on the picture. Unfortunately there are quite a lot of buildings I could not identifty despite visiting London at least once a year! The quality of the pieces is good. So often nowadays jigsaws are made from pathetically thin cardboard and the corners bend or tear off. These are thicker and cut intricately with care. They fit together neatly and the finished image is so busy that you can hardly see the joins. ==My experiences== I have made this jigsaw once alone and once with my niece. It measures around 69 cm by 60 cm so it is quite impressive when built but still a good size to carry around in the jigsaw board. The jigsaw is fun, a good mix of colours but the buildings are tricky as they look very similar. I do enjoy a challenge though. You can stand looking at the jigsaw for ages as it is really beautiful. The artist Chris Rogers has done a fantastic job of capturing the busy cosmopolitan feel London has. The fine detail is tremendous and continues throughout the whole of the image. If you are a fan of London then I can guarantee that you will enjoy looking at this piece. ==Overall== This is a great gift for anyone who loves puzzles and loves the city of London. It is complicated without being impossible but it is fun and entertaining at the same time. I love just relaxing with a good puzzle, it's therapeutic and calming and would enjoy making this one again. Recommended!!
This is exactly the kind of jigsaw I love, even though it is simultaneously exactly the kind of puzzle that leaves me wanting to pull my hair out through sheer exasperation. The scene depicts London, and whatever your degree of familiarity with our capital you are sure to recognise some of the landmarks. The Gherkin stands glimmering in the centre and the Thames winds in all its merry blue glory across the board. I recognised these features of course, but I didn't recognise many others. If I had I might have been able to complete the puzzle a lot quicker. Geographical knowledge is definitely an advance in this instance, as while the image is fun and quirky, it is also very detailed and so if you have a rough idea of where the Gherkin lies in relation to the Millennium Bridge you will find yourself at an advantage. Working on this puzzle is a good way to find out more about London. It is reasonably up to date and emphasises the sheer variety of architecture the city is home to. The detail in the image is mind boggling, and I enjoyed finding the flashes of forest green and duck egg blue that marked out the parks and gardens amongst the hard shades of onyx and granite that denote the buildings. In its completed form the puzzle measures a satisfying 68.5 x 49cm, so it is small enough not to engulf a table but big enough that the pieces are not too miniscule to easily lose. This puzzle, added to the fact that it comprises 1000 pieces, is not easy to complete but it is original amongst the Renaissance landscapes and garish novelty scenes I have seen a lot of. I would imagine that many of these are sold to tourists in London, and I can understand how it would make an excellent souvenir. The quality of the pieces is outstanding, and they feel slightly thicker than that of an average game, making the image all the more crisp as it slots together. You can also feel the quality in the weight of the box and the high definition of the image. The artwork is second to none, and I will definitely be looking up the artist, Christopher Rogers, to see what his other works are like. Cityscapes are certainly an area I would like to puzzle over further, and I recommend you do, too.
London - Looking North By Christopher Rogers. Finished puzzle size: 68.5 x 49cm.