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Loving the new colour format
on 12 June 2012
I'm a big Rough Guide fan it must be said - for me, the guidebooks have more content, are more logically displayed, and I love the contexts section at the back when you want to delve a little deeper in the history and culture of a place on the plane or train journey over there.
I gave the new Rough Guide a whirl on a few day trips into London. The addition of colour pages throughout makes a real difference, especially to the maps of streets and places of interest. The colour coded chapter tabs make it easy to find the relevant pages quickly when you're out and about - big thumbs up for that.
There's still all the same, highly detailed, straight-talking content that I love with Rough Guides, but the pages really come to life with the new format. It takes a bit of getting used to flicking through to the back section to find recommendations on places to eat, especially when trying to combine this with the easy to spot colour codings on the map pages to find an eatery near to you when you are out and about.
But nevertheless, the main thing is that Rough Guides have built on their core concept of expert content and made it even more beautiful without carrying extra bulk - all the information is there when you need it, easy to find, accurate, honest and what you need to see the real London.
My only disappointment is a few of the prices listed are already out of date - but hey, that's London for you, and there's always the internet for that extra bit of research if you want to budget to the penny.
Don't buy this if you are expecting Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness glossy photos of all the pretty places to see.
Do buy this if you want a light by weight and heavy by content guidebook to all of London, not just the main sights.