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Lonely Planet Pocket London (Travel Guide) Paperback – 11 May 2012
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just what I wanted an easy to follow guide.
Handy size, fits in pocket or handbag.
Unlike some guides which can have too much information and be bulky.
The guide arrived quickly. It is a good, small and useful book, fits nicely into my jacket pocket, I wanted a guide I can carry around with me and it is just that. Read morePublished on 17 Feb. 2014 by clarissa
Happy with quick despatch, and the price. Will be a big help to us on our trip to London in September.Published on 12 Feb. 2014 by andy B1
This was a really useful little pocket Guide for my mother and I's trip to London to do the sights, we utilised it more before going away to read up on what was in the region of... Read morePublished on 1 Sept. 2013 by OT Lou
Good guide though did expect a bit more detail – perhaps a few more non commercial places to visit. Quick delivery recommend buyer.Published on 14 May 2013 by alicia
Excellent and good value
Do not want to say any more becasue that says as much as I want to
These days, with access to detailed information on the internet both readily available and intrinsically more up-to-date than most printed material, the role of a guidebook like... Read morePublished on 22 Mar. 2013 by bomble