get the most out of London it pays to be reasonably well informed, the
books listed here range from guides suited to the general
tourist to the definitive reference work
for the interested Londoner.
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Out London Walks
Out" is London's premier weekly listings magazine. They publish an excellent
series of "what to do in..." guides.
include travel writer and BBC London presenter Robert Elms.
walks from London writers, each revealing a personal insight into their
chosen corner of the capital. With contributors including novelists, journalists,
comedians, cartoonists and historians, the result is a book that can be
read with pleasure at home, as a collection of writings about London, or
used as a practical guide to the city's streets and green spaces. "
London. Exploring the hidden city with eight original walks including three
following buried rivers, The Fleet, Tyburn and Westbourne. 30 unusual places
walks, mainly in central London but spreading out to the most interesting
areas away from the centre, including Greenwich, Windsor (well away!)
and Hampton Court.
best and most comprehensive of its genre…the skill which sets this volume
above other publications is the way in which practical details about the
route are woven with historical and contemporary information..a definite
buy" The London Society
of the best walks from Andrew Dunce's other books.
and old notorious London, brothels, prisons, executions, swindles, murders,
rookeries, prostitution, porn' trade, gang warfare, gambling and royal
London villages, away from the centre, London is full of what were once
separate villages that still retain a special character. Hampstead, Wimbledon,
Kew, Bexley, Dulwich, Highgate etc.
walks on a map.
The definitive walker's guide Saunders Cicerone
walks. This is London walking for those looking to plan mainly "green"
walks all over Greater London rather than those looking for historical
walks in central London. Each walk is given a short description and is
summarized by 16 factors including good detail of terrain and surface,
signage and, an innovation, "green" and "blue" percentages. (an estimate
of the percentage of the walk next to grass or water). Illustrated with
attractive photographs. An initial map section shows the location of the
walks. Where wheelchair access is available it is detailed. Indeed, as
the section on "challenge" walking comments that for many any walk
is a challenge I feel the author is very sensitive that not all have his
natural abilities (long time member of Long Distance Walkers Assoc.). The
guide cannot of course give "turn left here" descriptions of so many walks
but it does give details of where to get (usually free or inexpensive)
full details of each work.
Off-Beat walks in London
Wittich Ron Phillips
pocket sized guide to a range of walks round some of the most interesting
parts of central London.
Pauls, London Wall and Cheapside
Inn Fields, The Royal Courts of Justice, Carey Street, Temple Bar
The Kings Road, Cheyne Row
Street, Temple Bar, The Old Cheshire Cheese
the Royal Parks to Westminster Abbey
The Mermaid, Old Palace Yard
Green Park, Shepherd Market, Berkeley Square, Grosvenor Square.
Monument, Leadenhall Market, Eastcheap, St Michael's Alley, Ball Court.
photographs and a commentary of all the interesting things along the way.
Walks in Greater London
circular walks covering the wider area of London.
by pub, pub walks around historic London
first work to describe London's historic pubs in any detail... illustrated
gem-like colour photographs" The Guardian
Pub Walks - Steel
guide to nearly 200 pubs with routes of varying lengths. Beer range and
pubs of London - Bruning
Secrets : London - editor Kahn
journalists, artists, architects, curators, designers, playwrights and
directors reveal their favourite discoveries in the ultimate insiders guide.
Trail Guide "The Thames Path"
could of course walk the whole of the Thames path,
if time is not a problem
edition showing several material recent changes bringing several new sections
of riverbank onto the route. Description plus extracts from OS maps at
1:25000 and 1:16000 scales.
dramatic tours through four centuries of history and legend
The Theatres of London -
The Great Theatres of London
Theatre London: an architects
guide - Heathcote
London Theatres - Mike Kilbarn,
foreword Zoe Wanamaker
the London Blitz
An unusual angle. Seven
walks in City and West End designed to bring the Blitz to life.
Time Out London
guide to match the walking guide
pocket sized general guide with heavy emphasis on visual presentation by
maps, 3D street plans, cutaway diagrams, drawings and photos. Remarkably
easy to follow compared with a written guide.
culture. "What to see" with cutaways and floorplans so you will not need
further guides. Street maps. Restaurant and hotel listings. Entertainment.
Survival guide. Travel information.
"The guides that
show you what others only tell you".
Eyewitness Great Britain
Likewise whenever I visit
an unknown country I take the Eyewitness guide for the country. The same
great presentation as the city guides.
A compressed guide to Europe
for North Americans doing a "grand tour". If investing a lot of money in
a tour of Europe my recommendation is to get all the Eyewitness individual
country guides, it is a small percentage of the total cost of the trip.
On the other hand perhaps you like to travel light with just a single guide
for the main sites?
Eyewitness: Great places to stay in
A guide to what the title
says, what more can I say?
at Dawn - Epes
Colour photographs of London
in the small hours and at dawn
|Exploring London's gardens, a seasonal
guide - Lister
A professional gardener
explores the great and the good, the small and the hidden, the green spaces
and the unsung corners of green London.
83 gardens including Chelsea
Physic Garden, Middleton House Garden with its "plant asylum" for odd growing
plants and the Kensington Roof Garden.
Each garden described with
access details (including disabled) and monthly lists to visit each garden
at its best.
|Legal London, a photographic history
- Mark Herber
Old photographs of legal
Ben Weinreb & Christopher Hibbert
Exhaustive London reference.
Over 1000 pages and 5000 entries. The history and culture of London up
to the present day. A few years since published so don't expect the latest
buildings etc. This is the book for the London enthusiast who does not
mind a rather dry text but appreciates the facts.