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Lonely Planet London (City Travel Guide) Paperback – March 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Series: City Travel Guide
  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 7 Fol Map edition (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741792266
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741792263
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,093,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lonely Planet guidebooks are, quite simply, like no others.' --New York Times
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Who We Are
At Lonely Planet, we see our job as inspiring and enabling travellers to connect with the world for their own benefit and for the benefit of the world at large.

What We Do
* We offer travellers the world's richest travel advice, informed by the collective wisdom of over 350 Lonely Planet authors living in 37 countries and fluent in 70 languages.
* We are relentless in finding the special, the unique and the different for travellers wherever they are.
* When we update our guidebooks, we check every listing, in person, every time.
* We always offer the trusted filter for those who are curious, open minded and independent.
* We challenge our growing community of travellers; leading debate and discussion about travel and the world.
* We tell it like it is without fear or favor in service of the travellers; not clouded by any other motive.


What We Believe
We believe that travel leads to a deeper cultural understanding and compassion and therefore a better world. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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The maps do not have labels for each worthwhile site, only a number tied to an index on another page.
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If you're like me and you use the index to look up information quickly while you're walking by a landmark, this book won't help you much.
jmc
The book is definitely the one you need for a trip to London, and very handy to have if you live there.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By jmc on October 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
I am a long-time Lonely Planet fan. I even bought one about where I live for those moments I'm feeling touristy in my hometown. The London City Guide wasn't very useful at all. I have an upcoming trip to San Francisico planned, and I'm seriously considering trying a different publisher after this experience.

The guide has the Lonely Planet standards - maps, walking tours, tons of history about the city. But the index is terrible! If you're like me and you use the index to look up information quickly while you're walking by a landmark, this book won't help you much. Want to learn about Buckingham Palace? While Kensington and Windsor are listed in the index, Buckingham is not. You have to find a special section called "Palaces" in the back pages, and the page number for Buckingham is listed there. This is just one example of SEVERAL instances where I was unsatisfied with this purchase.

As another reviewer mentioned, there is no information on the Underground "Tube" system. They give you a map, but that's it. And the people working in the stations are of little help when trying to decide which pass is best for your needs. One of my travel companions had the Rick Steves London book, which provided detailed Underground info that helped us choose our Oyster card.

Also, the admission prices they list are WAY off. Of course, you can't really fault them for that. As soon as you print a book, it's immediately out of date. But my advice is to wait (if you can) for the next publication of this book, or look up the admission prices online before you go if you're trying to budget out your trip in advance.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By AcornMan on May 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
It seems like the Lonely Planet guides are really hit and miss. Some are outstanding, but others are quite lacking. Unfortunately the London guide is not very impressive. For starters, the entire book is poorly organized and confusing. London is an enormous city, with several distinct areas, but this book does a very poor job of helping the reader understand where things are. There is almost no cross referencing to help the reader find things that are described in it. I was also disappointed with the maps, which have decent detail in some parts, but no detail whatsoever in many other parts. Finally, this book lacks the detail that I was able to find in some other guides. Overall, I was quite disappointed with this book.

If you want really good London tavel guides, the Rough Gude to London and the Eyewitness London guide are far, far better.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By HapaChic on March 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
I went to London for about 5 days. A lot of this book was out of date, such as ticket prices for admission to tourist attractions and opening times). Since this edition was published in January 2006, I would recommend a more recent guidebook.

The restaurant recommendations were more upscale than I was hoping for. A place described as Italian with mains costing 7-p pounds actually turned out to be a Mediterranean tapas place and ending up costing 40 pounds per person. I would agree with a previous review that the accomodations were a bit pricier than I was looking for and had better luck finding a place online. I gave it two stars because I did find a nice, traditional pub to hang out in that I went back to multiple nights.

Cross referencing attractions would have been nice - if you looked for a certain subject in the index, it could be spread across 3 different pages (ie. pg 11, 213, 77). I spent a lot of time during my trip with my nose in this book, and I had even flipped through it beforehand! (it took me 2 hours to decide on the inexpensive "Italian" restaurant).

The Walking Tours were ok, but I got the feeling I was missing a lot of things as I followed the maps in the book. I also got lost a lot, which may or may not could be attributed to the book (my travel companions are still laughing about it).

I was so unhappy with this book, I purposefully left it in my rented flat in London. Choose another guidebook.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jackie Dodd on March 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
I have traveled the world with those blue books, and this is the worst. I have never read a travel book that reads more like a where not to go; they might as well have given Hard Rock Cafe London top billing. It read like it was written by a local with distain for tourists and a deep rooted passion to keep them out of the "locals only" places. For instance, the best neighborhood for shopping was ignored, the best clubs for music weren't listed and most restaurants were completely miss represented. Every time I asked a local where they went, even the well-know-among-Londoners places, were either not listed, or so poorly listed, I was shocked when I arrived. I can't say this swears me off my love of the LP series, since I could still read them like novels, but this is on the bottom of the heap.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tiger on June 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
I too have been a loyal user of LP guides. Bringing it on my recent trip was a waste. Besides the general lack of information, it's poorly organized. For example, things mentioned in the text are often missing from the index. The neighborhoods are clumped together, and the suggested walks don't even include many of the highlights just mentioned in the text. I bought it largely for tips on offbeat places and veggie food, but could have left it home. I hate to say it, but get yourself a different guide for this city.
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