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I Never Knew That About London [Hardcover]

Christopher Winn
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
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4 Oct 2007

Bestselling author Christopher Winn takes us on a captivating journey around London to discover the unknown tales of our capital's history. Travelling through the villages and districts that make up the world's most dynamic metropolis I Never Knew That About London unearths the hidden gems of legends, firsts, inventions, adventures and birthplaces that shape the city's compelling, and at times, turbulent past.

See the Chelsea river views that inspired Turner in his final years and find out where London's first nude statue is. Explore London's finest country house in Charlton and unearth the secrets of the Mother of Parliaments . Spy out the village that gave its name to a car and the Russian word for railway station. Discover which church steeple gave us the design of the traditional wedding cake, where the sandwich was invented and where in Bond Street you can see London's oldest artefact. Visit the house where Handel and Jimi Hendrix both lived. Climb the famous 311 steps of the Monument, go from East to West and back again at Greenwich and fly the world's biggest big wheel.

Brimming with facts, stories and snippets providing a spellbinding insight into the history of London, this beautifully illustrated gem of a book is guaranteed to inform and amuse in equal measure.


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (4 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009191857X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091918576
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Christopher Winn's first book was the bestselling I Never Knew That About England. Volumes on Ireland, Scotland, Wales and London followed and he has recently published books on the English, Scottish and Irish, alongside an illustrated edition of I Never Knew That About England. A freelance writer and collector of trivia for over 20 years, he has worked with Terry Wogan and Jonathan Ross and sets quiz questions for television as well as for the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph. He is also the Associate Producer for a TV series by ITV on Great Britain, airing in 2014. He is married to artist Mai Osawa, who illustrates all the books in the series. His website is http://www.i-never-knew-that.com.

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"A delightful and informative addition to the capital's literary legacy...I Never Knew that about London will not fail to enhance months, even years, of gentle urban exploration...Any number of morning or weekend outings can be constructed from these rich pages...Winn's touch is always light, and his knowledge is never overbearing, so the selections and observations remain unfailingly interesting" (Rory MacLean Guardian online)

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An enthralling miscellany of fascinating facts about London, in bestselling format

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88 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Become a London-bore! 29 April 2008
Format:Hardcover
This is an excellent 'by the bed' book for dipping in and out of. Each section has a generous selection of interesting gems and more bizarre nuggets about the capital that will make any reader an instant London Bore or a valued member of any pub-quiz team (admittedly only for the London questions!). Certainly a book worth having even if you don't have a huge thirst for knowledge about London - this will gently change that without you even noticing.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but let down by a few errors 25 Oct 2009
Format:Hardcover
I really enjoyed this, and came away with a renewed appreciation of London. It has made a wonderful gift. The illustrations are really beautiful and refreshingly unfaddish - the format is attractive and timeless.

I must have received an early edition - there were a few layout and formatting errors, but it is the very few factual errors which could have actually potentially undermined this concept. IE; I am sure Mick Jagger did not live with Marianne Faithful until 1978; also I query whether Steve Marriott formed the Faces with Ronnie Wood - I thought Ronnie Lane did after Marriott's departure from the Small Faces. However, I feel I little churlish - the rest is so beautifully done and accurate (as far as I can guess), so I concluded the author wasn't a great fan of rock music!
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I thought I knew ... but I didn't 16 July 2009
Format:Hardcover
I sent this to my mother, and she had this to say about it:

'I Never Knew That About London' - well, born as a Londoner 80 years ago and living there for nigh on the following 40, I did suppose that there wasn't too much I hadn't gleaned and gathered about my City in that time. This little book, however, has endeavoured to and succeeded in knocking my complacency and assurance for six.
The 'knowledge' contained and explained within its covers is delivered without the usual somewhat boring 'info' drag that invades so many other attempts on this subject.
Ranging from total documented fact to lighthearted - but still informative - trivia this particular attempt to describe London as was and has now become is, for me, a winner; a must have and will not lie neglected choked with dust; rather it will terminate in well dog eared tatters. For my son who had the inspiratin to buy it for me - Cheers!
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I never knew about London 7 Feb 2009
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I have lived in London most of my life and I was amazed at the number of things that I did not know about it . I found it so very interesting that it was difficult to put down and would thoroughly recommend it to all those people who live or have lived in London and thought that they knew most of what there was to know about it. Get this book and you will be like me unable to put it down . Also for anyone interested in learning a bit about London that the usual tourist books don't mention.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Samuel Johnson Vindicated 11 Oct 2009
Format:Hardcover
Samuel Johnson wrote "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is all that life can afford" There are endless books and guides that repeat information about the obvious landmarks. theatres, restaurants and the like but Mr Winn provides a selection of of the lesser known but equally fascinating places to visit or little known facts of Londoners over the years. Unlike the travel guides this is a book that you will want to read and re-read not to use to" Look up"

Graham Wadsworth
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing What You Don't Know 4 Jan 2011
By Keith
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I am a regular traveller to London and enjoy reading about it, so was pleased to receive this as a Christmas gift.

It's not the sort of thing you would probably pick up and read front to back but more something to dip in and out of. The information is presented in regional sections (for instance there is a section on Westminster and one on The East End - to name just two). Each area then has a number of facts in it, some short, some large, but all interesting in one way or another.

I've not read this all yet, but it is a great little book so far and I have certainly found things out I didn't know, and been corrected on things I thought I knew! Lots of facts to bore people with!

Can recommend this to anyone with an interest in London, or just a thirst for facts!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great little book 13 Jan 2010
Format:Hardcover
I bought this book for my husband who is a black cab driver. He has discovered so many facts relating to the places in the city of london that he learned through doing the knowledge 20 years ago, These are places he passes every day in his taxi, and now he can tell his passengers little facts about what they see on their journey, which makes its interesting for them both!
Excellent little book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent little book 20 Dec 2010
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Finally arrived despite the weather Royal Mail got it here in time for Christmas. Well worth the wait, it is a wonderful little book, my friend will love it. Absoluitely bursting with facts and gems about London.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
it is a good book to know more about London.
Published 5 days ago by Huang Tingyu
4.0 out of 5 stars Have not read it yet. Bought two as I ...
Have not read it yet. Bought two as I sent one to a friend in Australia, who sued to live in London. No problems
Published 25 days ago by shaggydog
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased with my purchase
Very pleased with my purchase. Thanks very much for quick delivery.
Published 26 days ago by J A GREAVES
4.0 out of 5 stars THE CITY
Not a heavy read,well planned by area, nothing too long or boring.Soft cover maybe better if it's taken with you on your trip.
Published 1 month ago by chris musik
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun
Bought as a present for a friend from abroad, along with another book about London, and she really loved it.
Published 1 month ago by FM
5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER EXCELLENT AND INTERESTING BOOK
I have always been interested in finding out facts not normally brought to light about our Cities and this book does not disappoint in any way. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Boris
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok but not great.
Lots of interesting facts but nowhere near as enjoyable to read as "London's Strangest Tales" which manages to combine facts with narrative in a non boring way. Read more
Published 2 months ago by A.Sud
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential read for those interested in London's history.
This book joins up some of the historic missing links as most authors seem to persist with the main more know elements of London's history. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Brian Ansell
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
Well researched and easy to pick up and put down. Full of things that should be remembered and very informative. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ossie and Wendy
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