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London Hidden Interiors
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 22 November 2012
Philip Davies in this excellent book brings together in 1,700 images the richness of styles found in these London interiors. Derek Kendall's stunning photographs are to be enjoyed at leisure, savouring the amazing detail. The buildings range from shops, theatres, churches, libraries, public buildings and even Wilton's Music Hall in the East End. The accompanying text covers in fascinating detail the history of each building. The conservation of these buildings can now be enjoyed in the pages of this sumptuous book. This would make an exceptional gift for anyone who `Loves London'.London Hidden Interiors
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 2 December 2012
This book is sheer magic, taking you inside buildings you may have passed or glimpsed a thousand times without ever imagining the extraordinary spaces within. Perhaps some of the places are really unimaginable--the eerie depths of the Kingsway Tram Subway, for instance, or the dazzling Art Deco foyer of the Daily Express Building on Fleet Street. Some, like Lambeth Palace with its thirteenth-century crypt, are testimony to London's great past, others, like the glowing hall of the London Central Mosque by Regent's Park, to its present rich multiculturalism. Philip Davies and Derek Kendall open so many doors to us with their informative text and spectacular pictures, beckoning us inside one Aladdin's Cave after another--180 in all. Anyone who loves London, anyone who loves books, will revel in their revelations.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Mr Davies and English Heritage have been responsible for two of the most must-give London books published around Christmas-time in recent years. The pair of Lost London books were essential and engrossing additions to all reputable London bookshelves. And now they've even managed to revitalise a somewhat stale format - photos of interiors of buildings you've never been in - with a book of superb colour photos and witty text, and with a title avoiding the use of the word 'secret'. The book covers the usuals (The Freemasons Hall, the Kingsway Tram Subway, the Royal Courts of Justice) along with some fresher choices (the Pathology Museum, St Etheldreda's church, Middlesex Hospital Chapel) but all get photographed with rare art and skill, by one Derek Kendall, and written about with historical rigor and wit. Did you know, for example, that Etheldreda is the name from which the modern name Audrey is derived, and that the trade in talismans sold in the Middle Ages in the name of Saint Etheldreda has given us the word 'tawdry'? The page layouts are also a lesson in the efficient deployment of photographs of different sizes. A joy and an education between hard covers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 January 2013
The research, pictures and history in this book are excellent. I learned a lot and highly recommend this well constructed tome. Many thanks to the authors and the architects and tradesmen of bygone years. Too bad they don't build 'em like they used to...
One warning: You will need a strong bookcase as it's very heavy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 February 2013
I really liked this because although I was born in London and lived there till I was 9, I've been getting to know parts of the place really well by taking part with one of my daughters in the Big Issue Big London Night Walk which I've done three times now. Four of the places that feature in the book are places where we stopped, or walked past, ie Conway Hall, Lincoln's Inn, the Foundling Hospital Museum and the House of St Barnabas in Soho, none of which I'd ever previously visited, so the book is doubly interesting. There you are. That's my review!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 1 December 2012
This book is a sumptuous feast to the eye.The photographs are exceptional and anyone who loves London will be delighted with both the photographs and the narrative. Excellent buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 January 2013
This book contains views of places within London you've always wondered what lay behind the doors. The photos of interiors are superb. Although the venue description can be limited, the information is enough for to go on and explore further, after all the book is based around the wonderful interiors of many shut away or unknown places of London.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 December 2012
Amazing photographs of spectacularly beautiful buildings, many of them hidden treasures. It provides a magical tour through many historical sites. Well worth every penny. Hours of pleasure from this book. Great gift
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 2013
This book is ideal for long, rainy nights. It is nice to enjoy a glass of red wine and to look at the amazing pictures. There are some truly magnificent interiors.
Very relaxing and artistic!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 January 2013
Inspirational for visits to London. Wonderful photographs and well researched text. Good to see unusual places features not just the already wellknown.
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