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OK for non-Londoners. Not a patch on Carrie Segrave,
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This review is from: Where to Live in London: A Survival Handbook (Paperback)
Disappointed. I bought this book after looking for a decent guide to help me purchase a house in London. Carrie Segrave's excellent "New London Property Guide", which used to be updated yearly, was my bible before, but it hasn't been released now for several years and is out of date.
"Where to live in London" was pitched as "essential reading for anyone looking to rent or buy in London". While it does provide a lot of useful facts for people that are not familiar with London, it is not particularly helpful for anyone that already lives here. Much of the book is taken up with chapters of advice on how to hail taxis, the types of taxes we pay, and even a section of conversion of weights and measures. For a Londoner who wanted in-depth information on each area its less useful.
The latter chapters of the book are broken into a borough by borough guide of London. Again I found this lacking. The sections are a list of facts, which, while accurate, don't provide any context. It almost has the feel of a piece of work written by contract writers. Just fill in these sections boys and we're done.
I really didn't get any impression that the writers (only one of whom lives in London) had any real feel for the boroughs, other than obvious observations. I learned nothing new.
Overall, a useful guide for non-Londoners, especially Americans, who it seems to be aimed at. Not so good for anyone that already lives in London. I'm still looking for my Carrie Segrave replacement.
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Initial post: 5 Dec 2010 19:34:04 GMT
TL Williams says:
You might find the Timeout guide London for Londoners better. This has a page on all of the main London boroughs with a side bar in each chapter on what the writer considers to be the highs and lows of the areas. There is also a local's tips side bar for each borough though I found this less useful. It is probably a little out of date now but its a good way to get started. The only way to find out for sure is to pound the pavement or get on a bike and head around the streets.
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