Category: Books

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

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 whole complemented by a collection …

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London Street Names by Gillan Bebbington

This project has used the excellent 1972 book by Gillian Bebbington, “London Street Names”. At time of writing, this book is sadly out of print. All of the streets linked to here are streets with a story behind them with most of the street descriptions deriving from the book. Abbey Orchard Street, SW1 Abbey Road, …

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Chambers London Gazetteer

Chambers London Gazetteer by Russ Willey is currently out of print. It contains over 1350 entries covering the breadth of this multifaceted capital city. Packed with historical detail, quirky facts and anecdotes, it gives a fascinating panorama of London.

The East End in Colour, 1960-1980

Stepney Photographer David Granick (1912-80) has been the feature of a major book: “The East End in Colour 1960-80” edited by Chris Dorley-Brown and published by Hoxton Minipress. When a local photographer was invited to examine 1,000s of David Granick’s colour slides in early 2017, he knew he’d seen something special. These images capture the …

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The London Encyclopaedia

Part of an occasional series of London book recommendations, the London Encyclopaedia is probably THE definitive guide to the most interesting areas and people of London. We have provided a link direct to Amazon should you wish to buy it. As it says in the sleeve notes: “The London Encyclopaedia is the most comprehensive book …

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Lost London

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, the leading venue for public entertainment in the city for over 200 years, or the Palace of Whitehall whose 1500 rooms made it the largest royal residence …

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Georgian London: Into the Streets

Travel back to the Georgian years, a time that changed expectations of what life could be. Peek into the gilded drawing rooms of the aristocracy, walk down the quiet avenues of the new middle class, and crouch in the damp doorways of the poor. But watch your wallet – tourists make perfect prey for the …

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The London Compendium

Part of an occasional series of London book recommendations, we have been very impressed in our research with Ed Glinert’s “The London Compendium”. It is a street-by-street guide to London – painstakingly researched and thorough. We have provided a link direct to Amazon should you wish to buy the paperback version. As it says in …

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