London: The 10 Best Books (and 10 worth tracking down)

A Listmania! list by Dilberto (Deepest Darkest Central London)
 
Spectacular Vernacular: London's 100 Most Extraordinary Buildings
1.  Spectacular Vernacular: London's 100 Most Extraordinary Buildings by David Long
The list author says:
  "So you thought you knew London? Informed, entertaining, generously illustrated; a born storyteller who has clearly spent years crawling around the streets looking for the bits the other books miss"
£15.99   Used & New from: £0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

The London Encyclopaedia (3rd Edition)
2.  The London Encyclopaedia (3rd Edition) by Christopher Hibbert
The list author says:
  "Still my 'Desert Island Discs' book, after more than 25 years."
£27.19   Used & New from: £17.12
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

Tunnels, Towers & Temples: London's 100 Strangest Places
3.  Tunnels, Towers & Temples: London's 100 Strangest Places by David Long
The list author says:
  "Hilarious but similarly enlightening sequel to Spectacular Vernacular, and very much more of the same. Strange places, and the stories behind them."
£15.99   Used & New from: £6.49
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

The London Rich: The Creation of a Great City from 1666 to the Present
4.  The London Rich: The Creation of a Great City from 1666 to the Present by Peter Thorold
The list author says:
  "How London developed, as seen through the lifestyles and homes of the very rich"
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Chambers London Gazetteer
5.  Chambers London Gazetteer by Russ Willey
The list author says:
  "The best gazetteer yet, covering everywhere you'd expect and more importantly about a thousand other places you've probably never heard of"
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Lights Out for the Territory: 9 Excursions in the Secret History of London
6.  Lights Out for the Territory: 9 Excursions in the Secret History of London by Iain Sinclair
The list author says:
  "London's unauthorised biography, by a man with a wild and original mind"
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Dockland
7.  Dockland by S. K. Naib
The list author says:
  "Fantastic hands-on guide to docklands past and present; the essential guide for anyone who goes strolling about out there"
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Guide To The Architecture Of London
8.  Guide To The Architecture Of London by Edward Jones
The list author says:
  "The best pocket guide on the subject, but five years on needs updating"
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London: Sight Unseen: A Personal View of London
9.  London: Sight Unseen: A Personal View of London by Gwyn Headley
The list author says:
  "The author knows London well, and clearly loves its hidden corners"
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London Under London: A Subterranean Guide
10.  London Under London: A Subterranean Guide by Richard Trench
The list author says:
  "Fascinating poke around down below: tunnels, trains, bunkers and bowels"
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Private Palaces: Life in the Great London Houses
11.  Private Palaces: Life in the Great London Houses by Christopher Simon Sykes
The list author says:
  "A colourful history of the rise of the great town houses, and their eventual fate"
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Making the Metropolis: Creators of Victoria's London
12.  Making the Metropolis: Creators of Victoria's London by Stephen Halliday
The list author says:
  "The creation of Victorian London, and the men who made it happen"
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City at Risk: A Close Look at London's Streets
13.  City at Risk: A Close Look at London's Streets by Simon Jenkins
The list author says:
  "Part guide, part call-to-arms, and 30-odd years on an epitaph for the city the developers strive hard to destroy"
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Number Ten Downing Street: The Story of a House
14.  Number Ten Downing Street: The Story of a House by Christopher Jones
The list author says:
  "The story of what goes on behind the most famous door in the world"
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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The Londoner's Almanac: A Book of London Lists
15.  The Londoner's Almanac: A Book of London Lists by Russell ASH
The list author says:
  "A dated but fascinating trivia round-up"
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The City (A Quartet/Visual Arts Book)
16.  The City (A Quartet/Visual Arts Book) by Sandy MacLachlan
The list author says:
  "A colourful glimpse into the sometimes secretive world of the City"
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The Little Book of London
17.  The Little Book of London by David Long
The list author says:
  "The best loo-book on London, strange but compelling and a great Xmas gift: 10,000 ridiculous things everyone ought to know"
£7.99   Used & New from: £0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

Village London: the story of Greater London, part I:  West and North : West and North Vol 1
18.  Village London: the story of Greater London, part I: West and North : West and North Vol 1 by Edward Walford
The list author says:
  "The first of an excellent four-volume reprint of this detailed 1883 citywide history"
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St James's Square: People, Houses, Happenings
19.  St James's Square: People, Houses, Happenings by Denys Forrest
The list author says:
  "The West End's best, described building by building, who built it, who lived there and who owns it now"
£17.19   Used & New from: £5.00

London as it Might Have Been
20.  London as it Might Have Been by Felix Barker
The list author says:
  "Exactly what the title says it is: a look at all the great schemes which (mostly sadly) were never completed"
Used & New from: £8.87
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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