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Lost London

Lost London [Kindle Edition]

Richard Guard
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Richard Guard rediscovers some of the lost places, secret spaces and darker secrets ... of Old London in this well-researched, and well-written, little book (Tribune)

Lost London succeeds completely at providing an evocative - almost nostalgic - feel for the streetscape of yesterday's lost city (

Fascinating (The Lady)

Engaging and often surprising (New Statesman)

This is a delightful and original guide book to London (Telegraph online)

modest exercise in metropolitan time-travel... Guard writes cleverly (The Guardian)

Beautifully illustrated with original drawings and engravings, this is the perfect gift for history lovers (NFU Countryside)

On just about every page I turn something catches my eye... Who could not be entertained by such a book as this? (Optima Magazine)

A must for anyone who wants to understand the city and its history (The Field)

a little gem of a book (Oddfellows Magazine)

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Lost London is the story of the city as told through the buildings, parks and palaces that are no longer with us. Places like the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, the leading venue for public entertainment in the city for over 200 years, or the Palace of Whitehall whose 1500 rooms made it the largest royal residence in Europe until it was destroyed by fire at the end of the 17th century. From bull rings to ice fairs, plague pits to molly houses, this is a fascinating journey through London's forgotten past, unearthing the extraordinary stories that lie beneath familiar streets as well as shining a light in the city's darkest corners.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2291 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Michael O' Mara Books (3 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00802QSEW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #60,573 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas comes early 15 Jun 2012
By simperp
An early problem solver of what to get the family for Christmas. Not only is Guard's book packed with fascinating details and stories about old London town, it'll be a great source for the Boxing Day quiz. Who wouldn't have loved to sup in Fleet Street's The Devil Public House where 'insipid poetry' was forbidden or visited the Diorama in Camden with its trompe l'oeils operated by a lad with a ram engine? This is a London to be cherished and explored.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A browsable treasure trove 3 July 2012
By Stan
I saw this book passing a local bookshop window and I've now had it for a couple of weeks - I think I've already browsed through every page. It's great fun for people who know London well and enjoy the thought experiment of grafting something from the past onto a modern location - a real sense of the past in the present. It's arranged place by place, and the moment you pick it up it feels like a book to dip into with pleasure. It's not lavish but there's plenty of good illustrations - I even got out my A to Z to match Guard's entries with the locations I didn't know. Guard writes in a concise, informative and informal style, he wears his considerable learning lightly, and it's quite simply full of really interesting stuff that I had never known. Wd definitely recommend for anyone who's interested in London, especially if you're not in the mood to take on a magnum opus from Ackroyd, Porter or the scarcely readable Sinclair.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Copied from other publications 30 Dec 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is an amalgamation of other publications.Obviously the author did not associate with anyone mentioned in the book for obvious reasons (they are all dead). He has callated information from other publications/internet sources and made a book from this, which I found to be slightly disappointing!
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5.0 out of 5 stars History Lover 24 Jun 2014
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Very interesting, only wished there was more! Just couldn't put book down and suddenly I had finished it! More please.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lost London 13 Jun 2014
By maryshe
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This is a quirky, dip-in book, full of odd snippets of information. It was bought as a present and the recipient is pleased.
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4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD BOOK 9 April 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lost london 7 Mar 2014
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Fascinating book,essential reading for anyone interested in London history. Very well researched by the author. Highly recommended. Would make a good gift..
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4.0 out of 5 stars present 20 Dec 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
fascinating guide to all those unknown parts of london written a light and informative way the perfect gift for anyone interested in old london town
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Lost London
This book is a kind of directory of places that were of interest in the past. Each place has a fairly brief resume. Personally, I got bored with it.
Published 10 months ago by George's Mum
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff
Great stuff,
This is a wonderful book an I would recommend it to all my friends and relatives two words
Published 10 months ago by TJ MCGINN
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
This is a good bokk for anyone into buses, fashion, cars, London History and a few more.

it lets you see a broad London now and then (or as far as the book years go). Read more
Published 11 months ago by Tiggrrrr
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of facts
A really enjoyable book with some great information among all places mentioned. A good book to read whether you know London or not.
Published 12 months ago by ian bottreill
5.0 out of 5 stars Found London
A great book for dipping. You start by looking up one place ie. the Fleet Prison and before you know where you are you're reading about the Globe Theatre. Good index. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Petrova
3.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin.
This is a curious little book. It contains a selection of places and things around London that are no longer there - exactly as you would expect from the title. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Simon Binning
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting facts of London.
Whether as gift for someone else or oneself this is a great little book. Full of stories of known places I.e. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Nan
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