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Christopher Hibbert , Ben Weinreb , Julia Keay , John Keay , Matthew Weinreb
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2 April 2010

‘There is no one-volume book in print that carries so much valuable information on London and its history’ Illustrated London News

The London Encyclopaedia is the most comprehensive book on London ever published. In its first new edition in over ten years, completely revised and updated, it comprises some 6,000 entries, organised alphabetically, cross-referenced and supported by two large indexes – one for the 10,000 people mentioned in the text and one general – and is illustrated with over 500 drawings, prints and photographs. Everything of relevance to the history, culture, commerce and government of the capital is documented in this phenomenal book. From the very first settlements through to the skyline of today, The London Encyclopaedia comprehends all that is London.

‘Written in very accessible prose with a range of memorable quotations and affectionate jokes…a monumental achievement written with real love’ Financial Times

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  • Paperback: 1120 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; 3rd Revised edition edition (2 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405049251
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405049252
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 17 x 5.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christopher Hibbert wrote more than fifty acclaimed books, including The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici and Rome: The Biography of a City. A leading popular historian whose works reflect meticulous scholarship, he was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He died in December 2008.

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'Excels at archaeology, urban geography and architecture . . . you'll learn heaps about the capital's breweries, burial grounds, churches, sewers, airports and almshouses.'
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`A capital book for a capital city.' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for a great city 28 July 2003
This book is a real pleasure. It can be used for reference, or just to dip into. There are some differences between the story here and that from other sources, but I am not in a position to say who is right.
One important point is that it is big and heavy, not really what I would describe as portable, and it is structured as a reference work. What I am saying is that this book is not a tourist/visitor guide, but really an encyclopaedia.
This book has given me many hours of fun, and much knowledge. I agree with the idea of making it compulsory that every taxi should have one. If you want to learn about London, then this is for you.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very useful and enjoyable reference book 19 Dec 2000
This is a wonderful reference book, and deserves its great success. Anyone wanting to know about a particular street or building will find the information they need here. The reviewer who says it contains many serious mistakes needs to give some examples. I have found it reliable and trustworthy, as well as enjoyable to read.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A much anticipated update does not disappoint 13 Aug 2008
as a Londoner who bought the original edition back in the 80's, my original copy is well thumbed and has brought me many hours of pleasure exploring the origins and history of a great capital city.

This much anticipated third revision does not disappoint and if anyone wants to invest in a book about London that you can keep forever and return to it again and again and gain knowledge, information and pleasure then this is the one to invest in.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference Book 31 Aug 2006
It very big and heavy but a wonderful reference book.

I agree will other reviewers that some of the references sources may be dubious but dont let that spoil the enjoyment
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb reference book 5 Dec 2010
By PeteTW8
This is a work without peer. I see that some people have included in their criticsms below that it's "too bulky", it "doesn't have enough photographs", "it's not a travel guide", "it's not ordered by geographical area". It's an ENCYCLOPAEDIA guys, and doesn't claim any of those things, and if "bulky" is a criticism, due to the massive amounts of interesting information it obtains, well... (its format is actually as compact as is reasonable, I would say, and frankly encylopaedia-sized).

Also there are a number of references below to errors, none of them substantiated - not one example is given. I've had the first edition since 1983, refer to it often, pride myself on my knowledge of my native city, and have yet to find ONE error - though I don't doubt there are inevitably some, given the scope of the project.

If you want what it says on the cover, and what is an absolutely definitive and fascinating reference to London and its history which can be dipped into again and again, all in one place rather than relying on myriad web searches, then this is it. Yes, we've all come to expect hyperlinks these days, but this is a book so you just have to follow the cross-references! And no, I'm not related to, or known to, the authors/compilers :)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best just got better 26 Aug 2008
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The old 'Weinreb' was the best single-volume reference book on London, despite a few minor but still niggling errors. Happily most of these have been pulled out, the book's been expanded with more entries and even better illustration, and I had no hesitation whatever in grabbing a copy as soon as it went on sale. There's nothing to touch it, frankly: magnificent, endlessly fascinating, and outstanding value even before the discount. My 'Desert Island Discs' read, as indeed it's been for the last 25 years.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Londoner 9 Mar 2010
A great book giving well described details of nearly every aspect of the Greater London area. A well written section dealing with City of London Livery Companies and also up to date infoormation of the City Livery Club. An interesting section gives the origins of street names. I loved reading it and is a book which can be 'dipped' into.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Magnificent London Encyclopaedia 6 Sep 2009
I have had a copy of all three editions of the London Enclopaedia since it first appeared in 1983. That first edition set the standard for any topographical encylopaedia. Anyone, whether they be professioal historian or general reader MUST have a copy of the Third Edition on their book shelves. The entries are concise but very informative. It is an indispensible work.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy the Kindle version - unusable
It's impossible to use this version of the book as an encyclopaedia, which is what it says it is and why I bought it. No contents page. Read more
Published 2 months ago by floraposte
1.0 out of 5 stars Still waiting!
Ordered this encyclopaedia on the 1st of January,almost two months later still no sign of it! Have noticed though it's still available but double the price....strange.
Published 4 months ago by Bellybuns
2.0 out of 5 stars Great book but I'd prefer to have bought the print version.
I have found some difficulty in finding the articles I want to read. The original print version I think would be easier to handle, but maybe I have much to learn about using Kindle... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Michael D. Bloomfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific!
Bought this book for a friend of mine & she loves it. It contains so much information about London. It weighs a ton & a half but it is a book to keep forever it holds so much... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Brandy Bee
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I have 2 editions of this book in hard cover but as I go into London a lot on 'adventures' with my photography student son I thought I'd get the kindle version as well. Read more
Published 6 months ago by ThePirateWitch
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
This book is absolutely brilliant. It contains so much information that is useful for days out, childrens homework or just to flick through
Published 9 months ago by TDC
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating book
This is a fascinating book that I will be happily dipping in and out of for years to come. Am so glad that I purchased the paperbook version instead of the Kindle version! Read more
Published 11 months ago by L. Dutton
5.0 out of 5 stars London book
Huge and weighty book. A reference book for London. Too heavy to take around but great for reading at home.

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Published 13 months ago by David Palmer
4.0 out of 5 stars Wide ranging but not perfect
This covers a huge amount of information about London, past and present, almost certainly more than any other singel publication. Read more
Published 15 months ago by j.k.radford
5.0 out of 5 stars This looks wonderful
This book has only just arrived but on first glance it looks brilliant. There is so much information & it surely must cover everything & anything anyone would like to know about... Read more
Published 15 months ago by musiclover
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