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Lonely Planet Pocket London (Travel Guide) [Paperback]

Lonely Planet , Harper
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11 May 2012 Travel Guide

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Pocket London is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Pop into a pub for good cheer and a pint of beer, let a Yeoman Warder regale you with medieval tales at the Tower of London, or soak up Westminster Abbey's sublime stonework; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of the best of London and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Pocket London:

  • Full-colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips save you time and money and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Free, convenient pull-out London map (included in print version), plus over 15 colour neighbourhood maps
  • User-friendly layout with helpful icons, and organised by neighbourhoods to help you determine the best spots to spend your time
  • Useful features - including Best with Kids, Walking Tours, and Top Sights (quick glance at must-sees)
  • Coverage of The City, Kensington, North London, Westminster, South Bank, Greenwich, West End, Bloomsbury, Notting Hill, Hamstead, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Pocket London is a handy guide that literally fits in your pocket, providing on-the-go assistance to travellers who seek only the can't-miss experiences. Colourful and easy-to-use, this neighbourhood-focused guide includes unique local recommendations to maximise your quick trip experience.

  • Looking for a comprehensive guide that recommends a wide range of experiences, both popular and offbeat, and extensively covers all of London's neighbourhoods? Check out Lonely Planet's London guide, or Lonely Planet's Discover London, a photo-rich guide to all of the city's most popular attractions.
  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's England guide for a comprehensive look at all the country has to offer.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Damian Harper, Emilie Filou, Vesna Maric, and Sally Schafer.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards 2012 and 2013 winner in Favourite Travel Guide category

'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)

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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 3 edition (11 May 2012)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 1741797136
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741797138
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 10.8 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 220,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small but powerful 15 Dec 2012
By Clare Mccann VINE VOICE
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This is a really appealling, colourful and well laid out guide to London designed as a walk-around guide for tourists visiting the heart of the capital.

What has been left out in order to make it compact is information on accommodation (a bit pointless anyway as most of us arrange this before we arrive) and information on less central parts of the capital (Clapham, Ealing, Islington etc.) but something had to go and I think this guide serves its purpose brilliantly.

I also appreciated the information about how to buy bus tickets, it's been a while since I traveled on a London bus and an explanation on how the new system works was very useful!

My husband has been traveling to the capital for work recently and the tear-out map and tube plan have proved invaluable. That said, now they are torn out it's now just a loose sheet of paper stuffed in the book, some sort of integral sleeve or elastic band to keep it there would have been the only improvement I would have suggested.

So if you are visiting London for the first time or even as a regular and you want information about museum opening times, bus times and restaurants look no further, this is a small but comprehensive guide and if I'm lucky enough to visit any other European cities I shall definitely seek out others guides in this series.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good pocket sized guide to touring London 23 Sep 2012
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I have always wanted to see London as a tourist, although I live in London, I have never taken in the sights nor viewed the city through the eyes of a tourist. Every year I promise myself I will do a London holiday, take tours and visit top attractions, but this has not yet happened. This pocket and concise guide of London seems to have given me the impetus I need. The book is very enticing in its presentation of the top attractions.It covers all the top sights with description and historical pearls that makes you eager to go out and see it. It is very concise and fits nicely into the pocket. It has a pull out map which is very useful as well as maps of each area and the sights described. It is educational in terms of its exploration of the life in the city. I like the fact that it gives you a quick start guide to -London top sights, London local life, London day planner, need to know and London Neighbourhoods. It then goes on to explore London covering the following areas- Westminster Abbey & Westminster; National Gallery & Covent Garden; British Museum & Bloomsbury; St Paul's & the City; Tate Modern & South Bank; Kensington Museums; Regent's Park & Camden; The Royal Observatory& Greenwich. In the various sections it tells you what the top sights are and what you should not miss, as well as a brief history of some of the top sights.

The worth a trip section includes Kew Gardens, A night out in Shoreditch, Hampton court palace,A Saturday in Notting Hill, and A stroll around Hampstead Heath. The best of London chapter covers the best walks,eating, drinking & nightlife, shops, royal sights, tours, views, churches, and so much more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very useful guide to London 27 Nov 2012
By McStick TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This guide is organised into four main sections. First of all, there is a quick start section for those who can only spend a few days in London. This section gives a few details of the main tourist attractions across London, along with a suggested day planner and some useful hints and tips for surviving London! Beside all the key attractions are page references to later on in the guide, where it provides further details.

The second section is for those who have a bit more time to spend or those who want to get a good look at a specific area of London. This section is divided up into the key areas of London such as Westminster, St Paul's, Greenwich etc. Admittedly, this section does take in most of the rest of the guide, and therefore is probably the most useful part as for each of the key areas, it provides extensive detail on the key attractions, entertainment, local life, drinking, shopping etc. Therefore, it is definitely this section which will allow the user to decide what to do, and what they can postpone until a later date!

The third section is described as "The Best of London," and this pretty much describes itself. If you're looking to do a specific thing in London, such as look for the best markets, museums, parks etc, then this section will provide all the details.

The last section is essentially a survival guide which details how to get around London, dialing codes if you are a visitor to the UK, and some general information.

Not being a London resident myself, I'm not overly familiar with what there is to do around London. I've heard of all the top attractions such as The Tower of London, Westminster Abbey etc, however there are plenty of other attractions which I wouldn't have known anything about had I not read this guide.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of London - effortless exploring! 7 Dec 2012
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This is a great pocket guide to London. As with most guides, it's divided into regional areas, and colour-coded, so you can plan your days around the same places and not end up travelling too far between sights. A real strength of these sections is the 'Don't Miss' intro, which is a godsend for last-minute (or impatient!) travellers like me. There's a lot of info condensed into this small book, and if you haven't got time to flick through the whole thing, these tidbit sections are pre-planned days out, all ready for you with no effort required. The 'Best of London' section at the end of the book - which is cross-referenced throughout the guide - is likewise a great way to flick through a choice selection of the book's finest recommendations without the stress of planning from a larger guidebook.

The layout is great - not too much detail, but enough to decide whether you fancy going to each place or not - and website details given for all public buildings / shops etc. It's thoroughly researched. Though content is key, the presentation is attractive, too - it's in full colour throughout. And for a small book, they've surprisingly found space for a few detail pieces on particular attractions - the odd page here and there to give you a bit of history and background as well, something that pocket guides so often seem to miss out.

All in all, one of the best pocket city guides I've used - thoroughly recommended whether you're planning a longer trip to the capital, or just the odd day or half day of exploring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 9 days ago by YAO YAO
4.0 out of 5 stars London in a nutshell...
Just what I wanted an easy to follow guide.
Handy size, fits in pocket or handbag.
Unlike some guides which can have too much information and be bulky.
Published 4 months ago by Janice Benson
4.0 out of 5 stars small, useful, compact
The guide arrived quickly. It is a good, small and useful book, fits nicely into my jacket pocket, I wanted a guide I can carry around with me and it is just that. Read more
Published 4 months ago by clarissa
5.0 out of 5 stars BOOK
Happy with quick despatch, and the price. Will be a big help to us on our trip to London in September.
Published 5 months ago by andy B1
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful
This was a really useful little pocket Guide for my mother and I's trip to London to do the sights, we utilised it more before going away to read up on what was in the region of... Read more
Published 10 months ago by OT Lou
4.0 out of 5 stars Good guide
Good guide though did expect a bit more detail – perhaps a few more non commercial places to visit. Quick delivery recommend buyer.
Published 14 months ago by alicia
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent and good value

Do not want to say any more becasue that says as much as I want to
Published 15 months ago by Joy
4.0 out of 5 stars Handy and attractive format but a little sparse
These days, with access to detailed information on the internet both readily available and intrinsically more up-to-date than most printed material, the role of a guidebook like... Read more
Published 15 months ago by bomble
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful Travel Aid
This book is jam-packed full of pearls of wisdom on London. Locations are highlighted with suggested itineraries, walking tours, activities, as well as information on shopping,... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Sam D
4.0 out of 5 stars A Big City for a Small Guide
The Lonely Planet Pocket Guides are a very useful series and perfectly adequate for many of the cities which they cover. The diminutive size - a mere 6 inches by 4. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Brett H
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