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1000 Things to Do in London (Time Out Things to Do in London) [Paperback]

Tom Lamont
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3 May 2007 Time Out Things to Do in London
However well you know London, there's always more to be uncovered. New events and attractions, or familiar buildings or vistas seen from a different angle. A stroll across Waterloo Bridge or dinner after dark in St. James's Park; a canal walk in Camden or a glass of champagne from the top of a city skyscraper. Discover a secret garden in Chelsea, take a lifeboat ride on the Thames; eat a bagel in Golders Green, fly a kite on Hampstead Heath; spend a morning in Billingsgate market, an afternoon in Battersea Park zoo. Packed with ideas from unusual takes on well-known attractions to quirky walks and must-visit restaurants and shops; from once-in-a-lifetime experiences to everyday pleasures - many of them absolutely free. We'll show you how to fall for London all over again.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Time Out Group Ltd (3 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846700124
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846700125
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 18 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 290,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Be spoilt for choice with this thorough guide" -- Eve

"Even if you think you know London really well there's bound to be something in [1000 Things] you never knew" -- Evening Standard

"Typically frank and quirky in style" -- Observer

"You'll never be stuck for interesting things to do and places to visit in the capital" -- The Independent on Sunday

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Fall for London all over again. 1,000 times

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to fall in love with London again and again 2 July 2007
This truly is a guide for both tourists and Londonders alike - it shows London from a new, exciting and unconventional perspective. You will find many places and activities you never knew existed as well as familiar spots which you can visit and enjoy as if for the first time. No matter what kind of person you are - arty, adventurous, sporty, hedonistic etc - you will find new ways to indulge yourself. And for those of you who are thinking of places to take your date or your friend from abroad - here you will find lots of new ideas that will make your day out fabulously memorable. This guide definitely turns London into a real treat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Nobody does London like TimeOut does it, and this... is one of their very finest guides. Don't expect the conventional, nor a practical guide with geographical orientations. Instead imagine opening a very large antique furniture chest with unknown contents that you've accidentally come across; where all sorts of wonderful, most curious, occasionally even very useful little items can be haphazardly found inside. This has been for me the experience of using this book, to which I refer again and again and again even though, or because, I'll never do everything that's in it.

This is not at all the book for the first-time visitor on a weekend break, perhaps not even for their first week. Those people should head for a more traditional London-guide title. But past that first week in London, or in their second visit, and even if they decide to stay and live in this city for years, this book will give you all the reasons to either feel exhilarated and proud to be a Londoner, or to wish you were one, or at least to have you wanting to come back again for more. It may possibly represent one of the best and most comprehensive arguments constructed in the early XXI century to keep supporting the case in favour of Samuel Johnson's most famous adage: When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life. There go 1000 examples.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic for Londoners 12 May 2008
I have lived in London a few years now, and I love being able to find the really interesting and off the wall things to do in this fab city. I bought this book for a friend, and then spent the next 2 days buried in it myself, and I started to write down ideas to take back to me. After 5 pages of my notes on the book, I decided it would be far simpler to get myself a copy!
it lists everything from places to eat, to museums you'cve probably never heard of, together with lots of free activities and it isn't expecially aimed at tourists which is refreshing. A really different take on London and I'm a big fan.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For Londoners 8 April 2008
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Unashamedly aimed at Londoners this book would be next to useless for a first time tourist to London wanting to do the 'sights' in a weekend.

Other than that my greatest criticism is that it really needs maps showing the location of entries and linking them back to the text, or at very least an index by, say postcode.

It is full of good ideas but many of them require a bit of time to do, you also need a reasonable knowledge of London to know where everything is.

It is in the style of a newspaper article. The random nature of the entries (which they consider part of its charm, I consider laziness) is also frustrating for anyone wanting to find a particular type of activity, although there is an index by category. The main index I found inadequate, as I couldn't find things I knew were in the book in the index.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - the London you don't know 28 Nov 2007
I have lived in London for thirty years and I only know a third of the places in this book. Packed full of unexpected suggestions and well researched summaries. Bit heavy on the kind of places that you need gelled hair to feel comfortable in but hey - it's a Time Out book.
It's in my loo, covered in biro marks and every fifth page corner is turned down. (As soon as my parole comes up I'll be right out there!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
If you're tired of London you're probably even more tired of having the old Dr Johnson line quoted to you, but whilst those who are tired of life can simply kill themselves, those who are tired of London could do a lot worse than acquire a copy of this tome to reignite their interest in the Big Smoke. Why? Well, it's got something to suit every taste and budget, from upmarket hotels and restaurants to London's many free pleasures like the parks and museums, taking in a dazzling range of activities along the way including getting a head massage, exploring the capital's Art Deco buildings, attending literary evenings or taking up Jeet Kune Do (a martial art, don't you know).

Perhaps my favourite suggestion is number 250: became a nude model. I can't wait to take my kit off at an art school and let the students paint my sculpted form; after all, if you're going to take your clothes off in public (as I most assuredly am) then I might as well get paid for the privilege.

So this book comes well recommended. And, actually, going back to my opening point, you should buy the book even if you're tired of both London and life. Why? Well, because of suggestion 565, which is a visit to 'Archyway's suicide bridge'! See? There's something for everyone here...
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is a helpful book 12 Dec 2009
I got this book on a hunch, reasoning that if it lead me to do one worthwhile thing then it had paid for itself.

I love the quirky and unusual suggestions in it as having been born in London, have always been slightly ashamed that I never seem to know what to do in my own city yet when I go away, I can't wait to take in the sights.

I have done about 3 things so far in the 3 mths I've owned this book, and tomorrow, I will be going on a chocolate making course seen in it, in fact each time I have a 'me' day, I use it to help me plan my day and want to loan it to every visitor to London, but will be buying extra copies as I do not want to let mine go!
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4.0 out of 5 stars What?, no mountains in London?
I thought I would be put off by the blatant commercialism of this Time Out offering but to be honest I found myself lost amongst the wealth of weird and wacky, as well as the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by NeilAplin
5.0 out of 5 stars Graphic, informative and bursting with ideas
I was well out of date on London.
1,000Things to do gave me places,restaurants and the best way to do things
Published 9 months ago by B. M. Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars London
Great for ideas and little places that you may have never heard off. Good to throw out some dice to pick out a page number and do something random. Read more
Published 11 months ago by K. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Lots of useful places to visit,good quality book.great for people who have seen lots of London already,lots of hidden pubs/club idea. Speedy delivery.
Published on 3 Nov 2011 by Monkey
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Published on 8 Oct 2011 by AS.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for tourist and Londoners
As a tourist this book helped me discover many things that you can do in London, no matter what the weather is or what you like doing. Read more
Published on 24 May 2010 by K. Domzalska
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book but some duplicates
As someone who has lived in London for a number of years I have found this a really good book to try lots of different things that you probbaly wouldn't discover otherwise. Read more
Published on 11 July 2009 by Sarah J
5.0 out of 5 stars A great day out
This book is great for finding unusual things to do in London as well as the usual.

It is a good read and would make anyone a good gift as it inspires days out in the... Read more
Published on 15 May 2009 by Heather Matuozzo
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