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.