Colour Your Way to Calm (and to the UK)
Remember adult colouring books? They were a thing, briefly, in around 2016 — maybe because we were stressed, and they helped us to calm down. You can probably see where I’m going with this. We’re at peak stress, after all. And some of us expat Brits are missing home; others had a trip planned there that they’ve had to cancel. So, from the comfort of our living roons, we can breathe deeply and travel there with coloured pencils.
For maximum escapism, we can even listen to an audiobook while we colour — maybe one of these London-based ones? A great place to find audiobooks is Libro FM, which benefits indie bookstores — who really need us right now. (Bonus: with the code BRIT LIT, you get your first three audiobooks for the price of one!)
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Colour Me British features classic cars, favorite products, iconic landmarks, and more.
Medieval fortresses and royal palaces are just some of the intricately detailed scenes you can enjoy in the British Castles Colouring Book. Perfect for British history nerds.
Speaking of nerds (a term of endearment for me — I wear the label with pride), map enthusiasts will enjoy this one. The Great British Colouring Map was designed in association with Ordnance Survey and includes coasts, cities, forests, and even an airport.
The link with the UK might be tenuous in the Great British Flower Show, but we Brits do love our gardens, and a horticulturalist in your life may well dreaming of the Chelsea Flower Show as they colour this in.
If there’s one thing more soothing than colouring, it might be baking. Or eating things others have baked. Or watching repeats of The Great British Bake Off while colouring in The Great British Bake Off Colouring Book.
From natural wonders to feats of modern architecture, tour England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with your colouring pencils and Great British Landmarks.
The London Colouring Book is one of a series of Past and Present colouring books, which include Wales, Manchester, and Sussex, among many others.
Colour your way to mindfulness with the UK version of Secret London or to calm with the US version (I don’t make the rules). Pick up some historical facts and insider info as a bonus!
From the seventeenth to the twenty-first century, from cathedrals to tower blocks, the London Buildings Colouring Book includes the capital’s most iconic structures.
Living in London: The Colouring Book seems pretty realistic, complete with tourists standing on the left on the escalator, Londoners trying to cross the road without getting run over, and a plate of broccoli that costs £9.99.
In fact, living in London is enough some days to have you reaching for the British Swear Words Colouring Book. Not that you need to live in London as a prerequisite. Living pretty much anywhere in 2020 probably qualifies you to need this.
Claire Handscombe is the author of Unscripted, a smart read about a young woman with a celebrity crush and a determined plan. She also wrote Conquering Babel: a Practical Guide to Learning a Language, and edited a book by and for fans of her favourite series, Walk With Us: How The West Wing Changed Our Lives. She is currently available for remote language tuition in French and Spanish.
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