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Tunnels, Towers and Temples: London's 100 Strangest Places

Tunnels, Towers and Temples: London's 100 Strangest Places [Kindle Edition]

David Long
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"Fascinating and handsome and informative and all those things...a
SPLENDID book." -- Robert Elms - BBC Radio London, 5 July 2007

'Long brings a genuine pleasure to his subject..and encourages his
readers to look at London with an unceasing curiosity.' -- The London Magazine, November 2006

Marvel at the funky mix of old and new in a book which lifts the lid on London's strangest places.
-- Ben Welch, Docklands 24, 27 June 2007

`Long's a good storyteller and his conversational tone
gives you the sense that he's there with you on
your virtual tour of the city.' -- The Pass, November 2006

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Tunnels, Towers & Temples takes a sideways look at London, revealing the hidden stories, curious histories and sometimes comic associations behind dozens of often quite familiar places. Through their stories, the author reveals a strange side of London most people never come to know, even though they walk its streets every day and take much of what they see entirely for granted. Typical examples include extensive networks of tunnels running beneath high street pavements, secret transport and signalling networks crisscrossing the capital, genuine oddities such as streetlamps powered by sewer gas, a street where you can legally drive on the right, a future Russian Tsar working incognito in a British naval dockyard, even a Nazi memorial sited among the real heroes and adventurers of the British Empire. This companion to 'Spectacular Vernacular: London's 100 Most Extraordinary Buildings' is the best possible start for anyone who wishes to get off the beaten track and under the skin of the hidden city that is modern-day London.

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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab stuff 6 Jun 2007
Whether you're local or just visiting, an explorer or a reader, the subject

of this book can't fail to hook you if you're interested in London. Besides

tunnels, towers and temples, it's packed full of strange houses (old and

new), secret corners, bizarre bits of history and colourful descriptions of

the sort of great places which most of us walk by without noticing everyday

of the week. Not just central London either, but all over.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 6 Jun 2007
By Worm
If you're looking for a beautifully illustrated book on London which isn't the same as all the others, this is it, truly. As the title suggests there's a hundred strange places in here - strange in that you won't know them at all, or if you think you do you don't really, or even if you really do you almost certainly won't know the extraordinary stories behind them. The author does, however, and tells them here with super photography, a nice, very readable writing style, and most of all the sort of wit and enthusiasm which can't fail to bring the place alive for Londoners new, old and ex.

Loved it.
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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange - but irresistable 12 Aug 2007
Bought the book for the photographs - 100s of black and whites, of so many strrange but largely unknown buildings - but actually it's even better to read with lots of good anecdotes about the people who built them, who lived in them, or who occupy them now. Great snoopers' guide to London behind closed doors, and quite unique
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a book for Londoners 10 April 2011
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Living in London I was looking forward to finding out about all these strange places in London, right under my nose that I didn't know about. Unfortunately, the book didn't live up to my expectations and was filed with familiar sights and familiar stories. This might not have been so disappointing if the prose wasn't so dull and many of the pictures look like they were taken by an amateur photographer. Maybe an interesting book for a tourist???
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift for London lovers 28 May 2007
This was given to me as a present on Friday and having already read the first volume, Spectacular Vernacular, I'd finished it by Monday. Full of extraordinary stuff which I didn't know, despite having lived in London for years, great pictures and lots of weird places to visit next time I'm in London.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange tales from a familiar city 4 July 2007
By A Gee
I loved this book. Fell upon it by chance, liked the reviews and bought it immediately. Striking photographs by the author - every place described is pictured - and witty, informative text from a writer who clearly loves the city and knows his stuff. So much I didn't know about my home city - and a great encouragement to get out there and explore. Ten out of ten
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tunneks Towers and temples. 24 Feb 2013
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Good, informative and interesting, makes one want to visit the places mentioned in this book. Good descriptions, histoy of the sites described with detail and care, some parts truly fascinating, a very good book, one to be used as a reference book too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Read 18 Feb 2013
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The product of much research and investigation - many photographs included but no maps provided - the detailed descriptions will however allow the reader to visit on foot carrying a kindle (and camera!)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars fixating
Once again another fantastic read on lots of London's hidden history. I shall be getting amongst some of these hidden treasure's.
Published 1 month ago by David Lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Art- chitecture
If you want an unusual insight into London buildings and surprising histories,then this is the book for you!
A fascinating read!
Published 2 months ago by S M DIX
1.0 out of 5 stars boring. sorry
just factual info, not the quirky stuff about London I was expecting. I gave up after a few chapters, but its on my kindle for emregencies if I really have nothing else to read in... Read more
Published 4 months ago by JCS
2.0 out of 5 stars tunnels towers and temples
very,very disapointing and boring.what a total unmitgated waste of was a vry uninteresting read and very hard to follow
Published 5 months ago by boyd alexander hartwell
3.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting
The subject matter was very interesting and generally speaking the contents was too. Anyone living in the capital could easily use it as a tour guide, in some instances.
Published 5 months ago by S F Canfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for strange stuff
I dip in and out of this book from time to time as it contains lots of little short articles. This book is the reason why I love living in London so much, so many strange and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by JoJo
5.0 out of 5 stars a good holiday read
an interesting book and worth a holiday read, full of little odd bits of info on some of the lesser known parts of london and also the well known, history and details abound and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by P. barton
3.0 out of 5 stars One to keep for reference
This is a book you can dip in and out of. I enjoyed discovering information about places I had passed without really noticing anything about them.
Published 9 months ago by marion fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Tunnels,Towers and Temples
As mentioned before having moved to London I intend to explore places and structures that I think would interest me. I imagine that other people might find this book interesting,
Published 10 months ago by Thomas Lyall
5.0 out of 5 stars Take it to London with you!!
Bristling with little known facts and histories, dark corners and crypts. A necessity for the seeker of the uncanny and unusual in a visit to the capital.
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
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