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Guide To The Architecture Of London [Paperback]

Edward Jones , Christopher Woodward
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18 July 2013
London has an unrivalled richness of architecture, from its squares and houses to its palaces and churches. This is the only guide to cover all of London's building history, from its Roman foundation to the massive expansion of the 19th century which made London the largest city on earth.

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; 13 Rev Upd edition (18 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780224931
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780224930
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.1 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The commentary manages to be both informative and conversational, making it just as good a meander in an armchair as on the streets. (THE GOOD BOOK GUIDE)

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5.0 out of 5 stars essential guide 19 Sep 2013
For any visitor to london this is an essential guide. Its maps and its photographs accurately convey the nature of the city like no other. I love the wry humour to the writing!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have!! 18 Sep 2013
If you are a student of architecture in the most general sense, this guide is a must. This is the best guide one can imagine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new edition at last! 12 Sep 2013
I have been buying this guide since it first came out, and I think with this most recent edition the authors have surpassed themselves.
It is especially useful for Londoners like me, who forever see buildings when out and about and to find out what they are. The authors have fully updated it - the Shard comes in for thoughtful short shrift for example, and some of the older descriptions have been revised as well.
The best reason to buy this book is for the amazing photographs, in full colour throughout - surely a real labour of love in a volume as comprehensive as this one.
I think this clearly is THE definitive guide to London architecture currently on the market
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5.0 out of 5 stars Turns a stroll into an adventure 4 Mar 2014
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Most of the pedestrians in London seem to walk with their eyes fixed firmly on the pavement -- perhaps searching for the gold that they hope to find there. But the real treasure of London lies at or above eye-level in the architecture that lines every street.

This beautifully written and illustrated book shows the interested walker all the wonderful heritage -- some of it good, some bad, some awful -- that most of us miss as we march from A to B. There are little nuggets of information in every entry, set out by street and district. The writing is clear and unfussy -- and although the book is clearly designed for architecturalists there is no unnecessary jargon Using the book the context of each City street becomes clear in terms of history and planning (or absence of the same) and the quirks and foibles of London's architects are laid bare.

London is not a planned city like say Paris or Munich, with a master plan behind it. A book like this allows an insight into how it grew up.

Just one criticism -- the cross-page maps bleed into the gutter of the binding. Perhaps the next edition could have a more forgiving structure?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gift! 21 Sep 2013
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Finally the updated fifth edition! A great reference guide to all aspects of London architecture by two architects. Whether you travel with the book or use it to plan a walking route this is an intelligent thumb nail guide to all aspects of viewing architecture in London: architects, history of architecture, and helpful comments to further the viewers appreciation of a structure in itself and within the city. I have given it to many friends and young professionals who move to the city and want to have a smart, quick and easy reference to a massive amount of information. A useful addition to any library.
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