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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 6 December 2011
Published in 2011 so it is bang up-to-date, this book is very much more than a mere atlas. It covers the history of London from Roman times and has maps dating from 1250 plus sections on the geology, landscape and climate of London. As well as street maps it has facts and figures for population, religion, transport, housing and employment. There is description and photos of the main cemeteries, festivals, parks, football clubs, universities, markets, museums and art galleries. There is even a section on hauntings. Every London borough has its own couple of pages.

In including so many subjects each topic is necessarily covered briefly, but the book is a treasure trove of anecdotes and information. The 304 pages are rather larger than 12 inches by 10 inches so it is a heavy book suited for coffee table use, with no topic having more than two pages devoted to it. The slipcase protects it when it is not being read.

The reproductions of engravings and the many photographs are sumptuous. This is a quality product, as suggested by the recommended retail price of £50. I paid just over one-quarter of that figure (not from Amazon) but I would have been happy to pay twice as much. It would make a wonderful gift for anybody who has lived, does live, or wishes to live in London - or indeed anybody who is interested in our capital city.
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on 10 January 2012
I saw this in a very well known high street bookshop. It was priced at £50. I had a browse through the atlas and was very impressed. So I went on Amazon and found it for over half the official price.
It is an amazing publication. With maps and brief hsitorys of all the different districts of London. I love it. Hours and hours of interesting information.
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on 12 January 2012
An absolute delight to receive as a Christmas present. The book is of the high quality which may be expected of Times publications and is extremely interesting and informative.
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This book (which is presented in an attractive slipcase) maintains the tradition of high quality that we have come to expect from Times Atlases. However, although billed as an "Atlas of London", this book takes the definition of "Atlas" to new heights. Apart from the obvious maps, a lot of the content is given over to history, culture, economics and social commentary accompanied by lavish illustrations. The level of detail is significant, and, there is even a section which has a number of textual/graphical pages on each of the London Boroughs.

To anyone with an interest in the Capital this book will be a treasure, and, I can imagine it gracing many coffee tables and being actively dipped in and out of with some frequency. It also makes an excellent gift for visitors to London. The only shortcoming I can see in this book is, simply, the fact that it is a coventional book - the wealth of data (especially around economics and demographics etc.) contained in it will eventually become out of date. However, the paradox is that if this Atlas were presented as an e-book, or, series of webpages the sumptuous nature of its' presentation would be lost. This is a magnificent book, and, it is a fitting tribute to the greatness of London which makes it a great reference work, keepsake or gift. Recommended.
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on 7 September 2012
The "Atlas of London" is a terrific book. It is a must for urban planners, geographers and architects. It shows the city and its parts in a new way. The images are great and with high quality, the paper is marvelous and the hard cover is excellent.I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know about the past and present of London.
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At one time the title 'Times Atlas' was associated with the finest and best atlas of its class, as was the five volume Times Atlas of the World, Mid Century Edition, followed by the single volume Times Atlas of the World Comprehensive Edition, first published in 1966 and now in its 13th Edition. Later, the name 'Times Atlas' was applied to smaller and smaller atlases, starting with the Times Concise World Atlas and ending with the Times Pocket World Atlas. Now the name has been applied to an atlas that is more a history or an encyclopaedia, although there are a few modern maps included. I feel that Collins has missed a golden opportunity to produce a definitive modern atlas of London. Using a book format similar in size to the Times Atlas of the World Comprehensive Edition, it could have covered the whole of Greater London at 1:10,000 with an inner and central section at 1:5,000. allowing streets that are cramped and difficult to read in other, existing London Atlases to be portrayed clearly and with enough space to show many places of interest between the streets. As it is, it pulls a few pages from its existing Collins London Atlas, throws in a few historical maps and adds a large section of information on each borough. Times already produces an excellent History of London by Hugh Clout. Another drawback is that the binding is so tight that much of the detail of the map sections has disappeared into the binding! So in conclusion, an interesting read, but it could have been so much more.
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