Category: Books

Walking London’s History

The next in our series of London books to enjoy during lockdown is “Walking London’s History: 2000 years in 15 walks”. It’s a guide to the capital and its past. In fifteen walks, Tim Potter takes us through 2000 years of London’s history from the Romans to the Shard. Each walk explores a particular period …

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Lost London

  Containing more than 500 unseen photographs from the archives of English Heritage, this collection shows Elizabethan, Georgian and Victorian London before the major 20th century redevelopments. Lost London is the story of the city as told through the buildings, parks and palaces that are no longer with us. Places like the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, …

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Underground London

  What is visible to the naked eye has been exhaustively raked over. In ‘Underground London’, travel writer Stephen Smith provides an alternative guide and history of the capital. It’s a journey through the passages and tunnels of the city, the bunkers and tunnels, crypts and shadows. As well as being a contemporary tour of …

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Hidden London: Discovering the Forgotten Underground

 An exploration of the abandoned tributaries of London’s vast and vital transportation network through breathtaking images and unexpected stories Hidden London is a lavishly illustrated history of disused and repurposed London Underground spaces. It provides the first narrative of a previously secret and barely understood aspect of London’s history. Behind locked doors and lost …

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London – A travel guide through time

 Step back in time and discover the sights, sounds and smells of London through the ages in this enthralling journey into the capital’s rich, teeming and occasionally hazardous past. Let time traveller Dr Matthew Green be your guide to six extraordinary periods in London’s history – the ages of Shakespeare, medieval city life, plague, …

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33 Walks in London That You Shouldn’t Miss

 Billed as the ultimate insider’s walking guide to London, Nicola Perry’s book is fully illustrated with more than 250 colour photographs and 33 maps. The book is broken down into the different areas of London and before each walk the author has included a suggestion regarding when to walk (to coincide with a market) …

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A Dictionary of Lost East London

   An absolute must for anyone interested in the history of East London or who is exploring their East London ancestry – a comprehensive dictionary of the lost streets, roads, alleys, lanes, public houses, blocks of flats, places of worship, schools, hospitals, docks, wharves and other places of note. Find out where it was …

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The Streets of London

Alas the wonderful “The Streets Of London” by S. Fairfield (1983) is currently out of print. It aims to list every street within the rivers Lea, Wandle and Ravensbourne (and Hammersmith – a non river)

Streets of Camden Town

The “Streets of Camden Town”, subtitled ‘A survey of streets, buildings & former residents in a part of Camden’ is published by the Camden History Society. It drifts in and out of print but can be picked up second hand on Amazon occasionally.

The (Old) Isle of Dogs from A to Z

[advanced_iframe securitykey=”73bfdf36bff161fdb6d48c80a87afbe943e66891″ src=”//” width=”120″ height=”240″] The Isle of Dogs in London has changed almost beyond recognition in the last 20 years. Mike Lemmerman’s book is an A to Z of many of the disappeared and disappearing Island buildings, roads, firms, schools, churches and more….with all entries accompanied by concise descriptions, and the book as a …

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