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  • Series: Secret
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Jonglez Publishing; First edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2915807280
  • ISBN-13: 978-2915807288
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 4.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When you go to visit a new city for the first time -- especially if you're American and the city is someplace like London -- it's natural to take along a guide book or two, just to make sure you don't miss the important sights. And usually that means Fodor or some similar general-purpose guide that concentrates on (in this case) the Tower and Parliament and Windsor, and maybe the Millennium Disaster (er, Dome). But if you've made a number of visits over the years, and if you've already got your snapshots of all the standard destinations -- and even better, if you're actually living in London for a period of time -- then this little book might be just what you're looking for. It's easy to fall in love with London, you can spend a whole lifetime wandering its streets, and it doesn't take long to realize that there are fascinating bits of history and culture around every corner. Even natives who live history are unlikely to know about the Roman girl whose grave was uncovered and reinterred while constructing the Swiss Re building (i.e., "the Gherkin"), or about the enormous silver vaults three stories below a nondescript office block in Chancery Lane, or about the River Police Museum at the Wapping Police Station. That's what this enjoyable volume does: Leads you to the sights (and sites) you've probably never heard of, including ancient ruins, oddball museums, modern art venues, "curiosities," surprising nature spots, uncommon sports and entertainment -- or even better-known locations that most Londoners seem to ignore, like Greenwich observatory and Finsbury Circus (the oldest public park in London). The information provided is pretty detailed and well illustrated, with hours of availability and fees for entrance (a majority of the entries actually are free), and the commentary is both enthusiastic and occasionally editorially acerbic. No, this isn't the only guide to London you will want on your shelf, but it's an excellent addition to your collection.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Charmian on April 28, 2012
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Secret London is a must for those that want to find out about the off the beaten track facts as well as the more popular places. Fascinating descriptions and a must to find your way round to the unussual places
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Heather Herrera on June 3, 2011
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Thrilled with this book. I am off to London in three weeks and have a list of all the exciting recommendations. It is a must for anyone visiting London.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Haschka TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 9, 2013
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"It's a serene, unpretentious little place with a real sense of community - a perfect spot to settle in with the Sunday papers while your kids make a beeline for the poisonous plants." - from SECRET LONDON, regarding Chumleigh Gardens

London is my favorite city of all those in the world I've visited. SECRET LONDON by Rachel Howard and Bill Nash (with photos by Stephanie Rivoal and Jorge Monedero) is for travelers like me who've been there more times than I can count and might foolishly wonder what there's left to see.

This "unusual guide," which can fit in a backpack, is divided into the city's geographic areas. They are, with the number of described points-of-interest in parenthesis: Westminster to Camden (35), Temple to Angel (38), Tower Bridge to Shoreditch (26), Marylebone to Shepherd's Bush (14), Westminster to Hammersmith (10), South Bank to Brixton (15), Whitechapel to Woolwich (19), Greater London - North (20), and Greater London - South (14). There's also a bonus section listing thirty-five Unusual Bars, Cafes, and Restaurants around town.

Each area is prefaced both with a color map showing major streets and a numerical listing of the points-of-interest for that area; the numbers are positioned on the map.

The majority of the points-of-interest are described by a single color photo and a half-page to a full page of text that includes address, website, phone number, hours, admission fee (if any), and nearest Tube station. On each page there may also be noted "Sights Nearby," which may or may not be included in the numbering scheme.

Of the 191 numbered listings, I'm ashamed to admit that I've seen only two: John Snow's Cholera Pump and the Thames Flood Barrier.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Kamplain on October 12, 2013
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This book truly does lead you to lesser known, unusual and INTERESTING places in London. Well organized to read and use. Glad I bought it.
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