City guides are a dime a dozen and most of them tend to sing the same refrain: Where to eat, stay, and play. Bucking the trend with aplomb is Poetic Places, an app that alerts you of a place's ties to literary occasions when you walk past it. This way, you can peruse Thomas Hardy's poetic ode to the British Museum, Isaac Rosenberg's musings on Piccadilly, and D.H. Lawrence's eulogic sketches of the Victoria Embankment as you stand before it. 

poetic places

Funded by CreativeWorks London, this unusual app is the lovechild of the British Library and Sarah Cole of TIME/IMAGE. Accompanying the poems from some of history's greatest writers are charming historical sketches and illustrations of these literary landmarks. So read the poems, enjoy the images, and uncover a side of the city few guidebooks bother to point out.

Poetic places

Poetic Places is available for download from the iTunes store for both the iPhone and iPad.