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The London Encyclopaedia Paperback – 14 May 1993

4.4 out of 5 stars 76 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 1072 pages
  • Publisher: Papermac; 2nd Revised edition edition (14 May 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333576888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333576885
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 2.6 x 18.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 224,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A superb trove of facts about the city.' -- The Daily Telegraph

'Everything anyone could possibly want to know about London is contained within the covers of this magnificent and fascinating book.'
-- Taxi Globe

'The high standards of the original have been maintained and this is still a must for your bookshelf.' -- Museum of London Friends News

'[A] fascinating guide to London and its delights.' -- The Times Literary Supplement

`A capital book for a capital city.' -- Financial Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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`A capital book for a capital city.' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
This book is a real pleasure. It can be used for reference, or just to dip into. There are some differences between the story here and that from other sources, but I am not in a position to say who is right.
One important point is that it is big and heavy, not really what I would describe as portable, and it is structured as a reference work. What I am saying is that this book is not a tourist/visitor guide, but really an encyclopaedia.
This book has given me many hours of fun, and much knowledge. I agree with the idea of making it compulsory that every taxi should have one. If you want to learn about London, then this is for you.
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Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful reference book, and deserves its great success. Anyone wanting to know about a particular street or building will find the information they need here. The reviewer who says it contains many serious mistakes needs to give some examples. I have found it reliable and trustworthy, as well as enjoyable to read.
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Format: Hardcover
as a Londoner who bought the original edition back in the 80's, my original copy is well thumbed and has brought me many hours of pleasure exploring the origins and history of a great capital city.

This much anticipated third revision does not disappoint and if anyone wants to invest in a book about London that you can keep forever and return to it again and again and gain knowledge, information and pleasure then this is the one to invest in.
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This is a wonderful encyclopedia but the kindle edtion is very difficult to navigate: the table of contents only gives you the letters of the alphabet so that you can go to A or B or C etc but then you have to very patiently turn the pages one by one until you get to say 'Eton'. For that you can either go to E and work your way forward, or to F and go backwards... Yes, there is a search option (on your kindle, but not on Kindle for ipad...) but when you enter Eton College Road it comes up with all the entries where those words appear and there you are again forever turnning pages... A real shame.
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I have the second edition as a real book and the third edition as a Kindle file. My rating refers SPECIFICALLY TO THE KINDLE VERSION. I agree with all the praise of the book, it's the ultimate browsing book for the London enthusiast. However I would like to warn about the Kindle version, specifically the indexing. You really need the indexing in the Kindle version since flicking though pages is not possible because of the sluggishness of the reader/app. So if you want to find out about, say, Mortimer Wheeler House you need to look it up in the index and use the link provided (searching the book text would work but it very slow unless you are on a real PC). But while the location of Mortimer Wheeler House in the text is location 26128, the index link will actually take you to location 29844. ALL index links are similarly inaccurate. This makes the Kindle version pretty useless for what you really want it for - to carry on your Kindle or iPad so you can look up stuff while moving around the city (as I said, just searching the whole book is terribly slow). In fact this so undermines the actual purpose of the book that I am wondering if I have a case under the Sale of Goods Act or similar legislation because it really is not fit for the purpose for which one buys it.
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The old 'Weinreb' was the best single-volume reference book on London, despite a few minor but still niggling errors. Happily most of these have been pulled out, the book's been expanded with more entries and even better illustration, and I had no hesitation whatever in grabbing a copy as soon as it went on sale. There's nothing to touch it, frankly: magnificent, endlessly fascinating, and outstanding value even before the discount. My 'Desert Island Discs' read, as indeed it's been for the last 25 years.
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Format: Paperback
It very big and heavy but a wonderful reference book.

I agree will other reviewers that some of the references sources may be dubious but dont let that spoil the enjoyment
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Format: Paperback
This is a work without peer. I see that some people have included in their criticsms below that it's "too bulky", it "doesn't have enough photographs", "it's not a travel guide", "it's not ordered by geographical area". It's an ENCYCLOPAEDIA guys, and doesn't claim any of those things, and if "bulky" is a criticism, due to the massive amounts of interesting information it obtains, well... (its format is actually as compact as is reasonable, I would say, and frankly encylopaedia-sized).

Also there are a number of references below to errors, none of them substantiated - not one example is given. I've had the first edition since 1983, refer to it often, pride myself on my knowledge of my native city, and have yet to find ONE error - though I don't doubt there are inevitably some, given the scope of the project.

If you want what it says on the cover, and what is an absolutely definitive and fascinating reference to London and its history which can be dipped into again and again, all in one place rather than relying on myriad web searches, then this is it. Yes, we've all come to expect hyperlinks these days, but this is a book so you just have to follow the cross-references! And no, I'm not related to, or known to, the authors/compilers :)
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