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Lonely Planet Pocket London (Travel Guide) Paperback – 11 May 2012

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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 3 edition (11 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741797136
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741797138
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 10.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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This is a really appealling, colourful and well laid out guide to London designed as a walk-around guide for tourists visiting the heart of the capital.

What has been left out in order to make it compact is information on accommodation (a bit pointless anyway as most of us arrange this before we arrive) and information on less central parts of the capital (Clapham, Ealing, Islington etc.) but something had to go and I think this guide serves its purpose brilliantly.

I also appreciated the information about how to buy bus tickets, it's been a while since I traveled on a London bus and an explanation on how the new system works was very useful!

My husband has been traveling to the capital for work recently and the tear-out map and tube plan have proved invaluable. That said, now they are torn out it's now just a loose sheet of paper stuffed in the book, some sort of integral sleeve or elastic band to keep it there would have been the only improvement I would have suggested.

So if you are visiting London for the first time or even as a regular and you want information about museum opening times, bus times and restaurants look no further, this is a small but comprehensive guide and if I'm lucky enough to visit any other European cities I shall definitely seek out others guides in this series.
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By Uenna TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Sept. 2012
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I have always wanted to see London as a tourist, although I live in London, I have never taken in the sights nor viewed the city through the eyes of a tourist. Every year I promise myself I will do a London holiday, take tours and visit top attractions, but this has not yet happened. This pocket and concise guide of London seems to have given me the impetus I need. The book is very enticing in its presentation of the top attractions.It covers all the top sights with description and historical pearls that makes you eager to go out and see it. It is very concise and fits nicely into the pocket. It has a pull out map which is very useful as well as maps of each area and the sights described. It is educational in terms of its exploration of the life in the city. I like the fact that it gives you a quick start guide to -London top sights, London local life, London day planner, need to know and London Neighbourhoods. It then goes on to explore London covering the following areas- Westminster Abbey & Westminster; National Gallery & Covent Garden; British Museum & Bloomsbury; St Paul's & the City; Tate Modern & South Bank; Kensington Museums; Regent's Park & Camden; The Royal Observatory& Greenwich. In the various sections it tells you what the top sights are and what you should not miss, as well as a brief history of some of the top sights.

The worth a trip section includes Kew Gardens, A night out in Shoreditch, Hampton court palace,A Saturday in Notting Hill, and A stroll around Hampstead Heath. The best of London chapter covers the best walks,eating, drinking & nightlife, shops, royal sights, tours, views, churches, and so much more.
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By McStick TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Nov. 2012
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This guide is organised into four main sections. First of all, there is a quick start section for those who can only spend a few days in London. This section gives a few details of the main tourist attractions across London, along with a suggested day planner and some useful hints and tips for surviving London! Beside all the key attractions are page references to later on in the guide, where it provides further details.

The second section is for those who have a bit more time to spend or those who want to get a good look at a specific area of London. This section is divided up into the key areas of London such as Westminster, St Paul's, Greenwich etc. Admittedly, this section does take in most of the rest of the guide, and therefore is probably the most useful part as for each of the key areas, it provides extensive detail on the key attractions, entertainment, local life, drinking, shopping etc. Therefore, it is definitely this section which will allow the user to decide what to do, and what they can postpone until a later date!

The third section is described as "The Best of London," and this pretty much describes itself. If you're looking to do a specific thing in London, such as look for the best markets, museums, parks etc, then this section will provide all the details.

The last section is essentially a survival guide which details how to get around London, dialing codes if you are a visitor to the UK, and some general information.

Not being a London resident myself, I'm not overly familiar with what there is to do around London. I've heard of all the top attractions such as The Tower of London, Westminster Abbey etc, however there are plenty of other attractions which I wouldn't have known anything about had I not read this guide.
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I really do prefer Lonely Planet guides to all others but can find them quite political sometimes... I'm a grown adult and can decide whether I like or dislike something (Spanish bullfighting for instance) so don't need it rammed down my throat by some guide book. And often, Lonely Planets are like this these days. Fortunately, this pocket guide to London is different.

I've never bought the pocket guide series before, always preferring the full versions I guess. But now I've had this, I see no reason not to consider the pocket series again for my next guide.

I live in London and my wife and I like to go out and explore this great city often. Usually every weekend. We have loads of 'hidden' London style books, be it great pubs, London's rivers, walks etc... There's always something new to see in London. That's why a guide like this is great. Being a pocket guide, it's on the light side when it comes to the information held within. However, it does have some good recommendations. It covers all the usual tourist fair and also recommends trips further a field such as Greenwich or Hampton Court etc.

It has the usual Lonely Planet pull out map which is great. As well as the more localised maps each covering accommodation, drinking, eating and sites to see etc plotted within.

Overall, I definitely recommend this book. It only lacks the greater coverage and slightly more in-depth info contained in the larger city guides that Lonely Planet produce.
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