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Secret London - an Unusual Guide (Jonglez Guides) [Paperback]

Rachel Howard , Bill Nash
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
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28 Feb 2009 Jonglez Guides
Mingle with the most impressive handlebar moustaches in the country, pay your respects at the dog cemetery in Hyde Park, visit a masonic temple, take trapeze lessons in a former power station, pray in a floating church, sail on a disused reservoir, discover the stone from which Arthur dreaw Excalibur, admire the sacred penis of a pharaoh, have a game on the City’s last bowling green, examine a cucumber straightener, a stuffed mermaid or a cow’s heart, go stargazing at Greenwich Observatory …

Far from the crowds and the usual clichés, London still reserves any number of hidden treasures for those who know how to wander off the beaten track.

An indispensable guide for those who thought they knew London well, or who would like to discover the hidden face of the city.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 351 pages
  • Publisher: Jonglez (28 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2915807280
  • ISBN-13: 978-2915807288
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 10.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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161 of 168 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Discover the city you thought you knew... 25 May 2009
Format:Paperback
This is the sort of book I've been waiting for for years. Whether you live in London or are just visiting for a short time, there will be something to delight you here. Forget all the usual tourist attractions and discover little-known museums, architectural gems, hidden oddities, and many snippets of fascinating trivia about the weird and wonderful history of the city. It will make you wander the streets looking at things with frsh eyes, and will make you determined to visit practically every place mentioned. I immediately bought a further three copies to distribute to friends and family! Completely brilliant.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and unusual choices 3 April 2011
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I bought this for a friend who was moving to London to live but hadn't much money, so thought she could get more out of London for free. Having seen it, I then bought myself a copy. Divided into areas, there's an unusual choices of museums, buildings and street furniture, ranging from the smallest police station, to the traffic light tree, a bingo hall with glamorous surroundings and various gardens and cemeteries. There is something for everyone and not all are charged for. It also gives you a potted historical background where necessary or other sites to see nearby on other pages and all are plotted out on maps to aid planning. Includes unusual diners and an alphabetical index.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating bite sized and quirky 12 April 2010
Format:Paperback
This is a great little book which will open your eyes to the streets around London. I now find myself scanning the streets for bits of history in the oddest of places. Thoroughly enjoyable. My only critisism is that I came across not one but several obvious proof reading errors.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but prices are out of date 17 Jan 2012
Format:Paperback
I've lived in London most of my life and always tried hard to see out of the way places. Even so, I found plenty of new ones in here. It's an excellent book with a great variety of attractions.

It would have got five stars were it not for the fact that a lot of the prices are out of date. Best to check before you go.

I would still recommend it.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FASCINATING! 3 Jan 2010
By J. Sims
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this little book as a present but before I wrapped it, I decided to glance at it myself. Well, I found is so interesting I couldn't stop reading - although I did eventually. It's full of truly interesting snippets, but not so long that it's overwhelming. I would thoroughly recommend this handy little book even if you thought you knew London. It mentions loads of unusual places to visit and it's not at all stuffy.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A joyful find on every page 20 Nov 2009
Format:Paperback
Ideal present (I've had two other friends who want copies, having seen mine).

This is a handy-sized gem of a book. I've lived in london over 50 years and there was plenty in this book that was new to me.
Strongly recommended for the curious. You can read it at length or just dip into it, one random page at a time. Endless joys.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars London's secrets revealed! 10 Jan 2011
Format:Paperback
"Secret London - an Unusual Guide" by Rachel Howard is a fun read, even if you are not planning to visit London. The range of venues is varied enough that everyone should be able to find several of these unusual and out-of-the-way spots worth visiting. Especially helpful are the inclusion of entrance fees (although many places are free) and references to the Tube stations closest to each location. My one reservation is that the binding of the book makes using the maps a bit difficult. But this is definitely a book I'll carry the next time I cross the pond!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book 11 Feb 2010
Format:Paperback
Takes you to the hidden side of London, which is all the more interesting for being unknown and off the beaten track
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Not unusual at all - very poor
Published 24 days ago by Five
5.0 out of 5 stars Good and unusual ideas for sightseeing in London
Really good and unusual ideas for sightseeing in London, with photos.
Published 26 days ago by M. Gallacher
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely An Unusual Guide For Those With An Advanced Passion For...
A great read for anyone with a VERY advanced level of interest in London. So do not buy if you are wishing for an introduction to London, get an Eyewitness guide instead. Read more
Published 1 month ago by ROBERT B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Does what it says on the tin
Published 2 months ago by blondlie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed this book and have now visited quite a few of the secrets.
Published 2 months ago by Elizabeth Moon
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Was for a present and seemed fine, but I'm not the one who will use it.
Published 3 months ago by A.Ward
4.0 out of 5 stars very informativ
good information, and lots of ideas to a trip to london, also the maps and the pictures are good, a good book
Published 4 months ago by sussie paddison
5.0 out of 5 stars Secret London - an Unusual Guide
What a brilliant and handy size guide. As a Londoner this has opened my eyes to even more incredible things to see in our great city Extremely pleased with this purchase
Published 4 months ago by A. Evans
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 4 months ago by FM
5.0 out of 5 stars Really interesting
We took this book with us and visiting London recently - it was really interesting to search out some of the unknown places and unknown things in well known places.
Published 4 months ago by Yvonne Rains
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