The London Encyclopaedia Paperback – 14 May 1993
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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.
`A capital book for a capital city.' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
I agree will other reviewers that some of the references sources may be dubious but dont let that spoil the enjoyment
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 :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book itself is great, don't get me wrong. But I already knew it, cause I have the paperback.
I bought the kindle version not to carry all these kilos around & to make... Read more
Wonderful book, my dad was thrilled with it and has hardly put it down. Would highly recommendPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Love this book - it tells me everything about the London streets that I love and the ones that I should discover. Too bad it is not portable enough to be a guide book!Published 4 months ago by mel
As a London enthusiast, this was recommended to me and is a wonderful resource for dipping in to.Published 5 months ago by Philippa Joan West