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4.0 out of 5 stars A nice guide to London's history, but poor directions
London is a city of layers. From its Roman core, successive generations have built over and outward, turning the walled town into the vast metropolis that it is today. This evolution can be seen just by walking around central London, yet many of the signs of it are tucked away in obscure corners or hidden in the anonymity of everyday life.

It is for those...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Full of howlers
Unfortunately the "mine of information" this books carried needs a severe health warning. In just the first two chapters, I noticed three major errors - the wrong statue outside Tower Hill, the wrong church at the crossing of Holborn Viaduct and Giltspur Street, and the wrong date for Postman's Park (not even the right century!). Add to that the lack of any index, and...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A nice guide to London's history, but poor directions, 7 Aug. 2009
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MarkK (Phoenix, AZ, USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Cadogan Book of Historic London Walks (Cadogan Guide) (Paperback)
London is a city of layers. From its Roman core, successive generations have built over and outward, turning the walled town into the vast metropolis that it is today. This evolution can be seen just by walking around central London, yet many of the signs of it are tucked away in obscure corners or hidden in the anonymity of everyday life.

It is for those people who seek to discover the city's past for themselves that Leo Hollis wrote this guidebook. In it he details a dozen walks that allow participants to explore the span of London's history, from the Roman remnants to its vast physical expansion during Victorian times. Each walk includes a small map and instructions in bold as to the streets to take, along with explanatory text providing the background of the sites and their historical relevance.

Hollis's book can be a good tool with which to explore London's past. His text is readable yet insightful, bringing to light the relevance of so much of the architectural and geographical landscape that might otherwise be taken for granted. Yet its usefulness is marred by the unclear directions the walks offer. Oftentimes these are more simplistic than London's streets can justify and in a few places they prove to be outright wrong. These problems can be surmounted by an aware reader, though, and should not detract from the informative explorations of the city that Hollis offers within its pages.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Full of howlers, 8 July 2007
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This review is from: The Cadogan Book of Historic London Walks (Cadogan Guide) (Paperback)
Unfortunately the "mine of information" this books carried needs a severe health warning. In just the first two chapters, I noticed three major errors - the wrong statue outside Tower Hill, the wrong church at the crossing of Holborn Viaduct and Giltspur Street, and the wrong date for Postman's Park (not even the right century!). Add to that the lack of any index, and you would be wasting your money on this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great way of discovering the history of London, 3 Jun. 2014
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I bought this after using the author's Historic Paris Walks and finding that very useful. I was initially a little disappointed, but as I read more about London's past I began to really enjoy it. It's a great armchair read as well as a good guide to walk by. My only reservation is that the maps are not as clear as they could be,
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very useful and entertaining guide, 21 Aug. 2007
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I had some American friends visit and I bought this book in preparation. It is a wonderful read and once we began to walk it proved a very useful guide to the city. I learned things about London (I have lived there in on and off for my whole life) that I never realised.
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