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5.0 out of 5 stars Walks Through Regency London by Louise Allen, 11 Mar. 2014
This review is from: Walks Through Regency London (Kindle Edition)
Louise Allen is the popular author of Regency and other romances. She has shared her knowledge of Regency London in her non-fiction book, Walks Through Regency London. In The Introduction she writes:-

“This book is the result of many explorations in search of the Regency London that forms the background of my novels. …These walks will take you to the London of the “long Regency” – the last years of the 18thc and into the first quarter of the 19thc. In some places you can see actual buildings and places that Nelson or Beau Brummel would have recognised. In others the explorer must use imagination to conjure up the past.”

Louise Allen describes walks which are around 2 miles long without allowing for time to visit museums. However, I shall divide them into shorter walks when I visit London.

Ten walks are suggested in the book, the first of which is Walk 1 St James a 1.5 mile walk which covers Gentlemen’s Clubs, old shops, a palace, Almack’s, Carlton House and Beau Brummel, all of which are familiar to readers of Regency ficition and non-fiction. This walk begins at Green Park tube station. The instructions are clear. Turn right along Piccadilly to St James Street. Pause at the top of the street looking down to St James Palace. “On the corner was the boot and shoemaker, George Hoby, who redesigned riding boots for the Duke of Wellington, producing the famous Wellington boot.”

The last walk is Walk 10 is a two mile walk which takes the explorer to Southwark and along the South Bank of the Thames to Old London Bridge, a gruesome operating theatre, an old coaching inn, a lively market and a riverside walk.

Walks Through Regency London is of interest to the reader whether or not it is possible to visit London. Beautiful illustrations are a bonus.

I have awarded this gem of a book five stars and am confident that it will not disappoint.
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