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1000 Things to Do in London (Time Out Things to Do in London) Paperback – 3 May 2007
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"Be spoilt for choice with this thorough guide" -- Eve
"Even if you think you know London really well there's bound to be something in [1000 Things] you never knew" -- Evening Standard
"Typically frank and quirky in style" -- Observer
"You'll never be stuck for interesting things to do and places to visit in the capital" -- The Independent on Sunday
"Even if you think you know London really well there's bound to be something in [1000 Things] you never knew"See all Product description
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This is not at all the book for the first-time visitor on a weekend break, perhaps not even for their first week. Those people should head for a more traditional London-guide title. But past that first week in London, or in their second visit, and even if they decide to stay and live in this city for years, this book will give you all the reasons to either feel exhilarated and proud to be a Londoner, or to wish you were one, or at least to have you wanting to come back again for more. It may possibly represent one of the best and most comprehensive arguments constructed in the early XXI century to keep supporting the case in favour of Samuel Johnson's most famous adage: When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life. There go 1000 examples.
it lists everything from places to eat, to museums you'cve probably never heard of, together with lots of free activities and it isn't expecially aimed at tourists which is refreshing. A really different take on London and I'm a big fan.
Perhaps my favourite suggestion is number 250: became a nude model. I can't wait to take my kit off at an art school and let the students paint my sculpted form; after all, if you're going to take your clothes off in public (as I most assuredly am) then I might as well get paid for the privilege.
So this book comes well recommended. And, actually, going back to my opening point, you should buy the book even if you're tired of both London and life. Why? Well, because of suggestion 565, which is a visit to 'Archyway's suicide bridge'! See? There's something for everyone here...
Other than that my greatest criticism is that it really needs maps showing the location of entries and linking them back to the text, or at very least an index by, say postcode.
It is full of good ideas but many of them require a bit of time to do, you also need a reasonable knowledge of London to know where everything is.
It is in the style of a newspaper article. The random nature of the entries (which they consider part of its charm, I consider laziness) is also frustrating for anyone wanting to find a particular type of activity, although there is an index by category. The main index I found inadequate, as I couldn't find things I knew were in the book in the index.
I love the quirky and unusual suggestions in it as having been born in London, have always been slightly ashamed that I never seem to know what to do in my own city yet when I go away, I can't wait to take in the sights.
I have done about 3 things so far in the 3 mths I've owned this book, and tomorrow, I will be going on a chocolate making course seen in it, in fact each time I have a 'me' day, I use it to help me plan my day and want to loan it to every visitor to London, but will be buying extra copies as I do not want to let mine go!
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