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Skyline London: A Guide to the Finest Views from the Capital's High Points [Paperback]

Caroline Dale
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Book Description

26 July 2012

Until 2012 London did not have its own Empire State Building. But the completion of the Shard – the tallest building in Europe – with its public Observation Gallery opening the following year, will give both visitors and Londoners a view of the capital as unmissable and defining as that of Paris from the Eiffel Tower.

But, as this indispensable new guide shows, London has always offered stunning views of itself from on high: you just need to know where to go. Sometimes the least-known reveal the most – a Sixties hotel bar, a multi-storey car park in Peckham. And because, unlike New York or Manhattan, the capital retains its natural topography and ancient street pattern, the views are mesmerizingly intricate, with sylvan hills and even an old slag heap offering prospects of glittering skyscrapers, ornate Victorian domes, and spaceship-like stadia.

Here, then, are the finest views from London’s high points – famous landmarks like the Monument or the London Eye, venues for an unforgettable drink, meal or party like the sushi restaurant atop the City’s Heron Tower, and even Henman Hill at Wimbledon, every bit as good for the London skyline as it is for tennis. With Skyline London, you will truly see this great city for the first time.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (26 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845137620
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845137625
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 334,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This handy little book tells you the buildings to visit, a little of their history, how to gain access and, once you are there, what you can see from them.'

(Best of British )

'The incredbile views on show include those at Canada Place, Canary Wharf and at the top of Westminster Cathedral's Bell Tower, with facts and figures on each of the sites.'

(Discover Britain )

‘Caroline Dale’s new and excellent guide’

(Simon Jenkins Evening Standard )

'There is a wealth of wonderful spots available, whether chosen to mark a special occasion or simply admire a stupendous view.’

(Good Book Guide )

About the Author

Caroline Dale is a former Reuters and Evening Standard journalist who now works as a Blue Badge tourist guide. She lives in London.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful and insightful 19 July 2012
Whether you are a local seeking a new perspective of the Capital, or a first-time visitor trying to establish an overview of London, this highly original guidebook should prove invaluable. The prose is precise, engaging and informed, packed with the sort of detail that both enlightens and entertains. Discover which building enjoys the soubriquet "Streaky Bacon", from which hill news of victory at Waterloo was transmitted by semaphore, and another reason why British tennis fans on Henman Hill would probably be better served facing the other way. It took only moments to feel totally at home with the book's layout: each viewing point is provided with historical background, practical information and a colourful description of key landmarks in various directions, brought to life by an abundance of crisp and eloquent photographs. Innovative features such as the beautifully drawn topograhical maps - each centred on a principal location - and a height chart profiling several of the city's iconic buildings, further embellish the text. This insider's guide, revealing as it does some of London's visual treasures, is a little gem in itself. The only drawback to this delightful and insightful book is that it might well create a new breed of 'anoraks' determined to view the city from every vantage point described. I will probably be one of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars At last I can look down on London! 27 Aug 2012
Genius idea! Looking down on London from various point I usually look up to. Can't recommend it enough.
Would love to be able to experience the view from the Shard or BT Tower myself. How cool would that be...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Skyline London 13 Aug 2013
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Conveniently sized, succinctly written reviews of various London buildings and locations accessible to the public. Some free access but much by special arrangement. A good buy for explorers of London
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