For day trips and longer stays, make sure you’re getting the most from the capital. Whether you are on a day trip or visiting London for your annual holiday. We have the ultimate books on London for sightseeing, eating out or planning a route round London using the famous Boris bikes. Our books on London are essential guides to help you explore the city and make the most of your visit.
Books on London Reviews
Andrew Duncan’s Favourite London Walks
Aimed at both visitors and city residents, this comprehensive guide describes in detail 50 of best-selling author Andrew Duncan,s favourite walks in and around London and has been fully updated for 2010.
From idyllic, rural villages on London,s outskirts to the bustling markets and high streets of the city itself – and from quiet, cobbled mews and forgotten alleyways to celebrated palaces and squares – Andrew Duncan’s Favourite London Walks unveils miles of the city’s endlessly surprising landscape.
Handsomely illustrated with specially commissioned colour photographs and complete route maps, the book provides full details of addresses, opening times and bars and restaurants to visit en route. Andrew Duncan’s Favourite London Walks is an indispensable guide for all who live in or visit this captivating city.
Walking Haunted London
Fully updated for the most intrepid London visitors and residents, this spine-chilling guide wends it way through eerie and, in many cases, long-forgotten parts of England’s capital city.
From Deadman’s Walk and the Screaming Wood to Dick Turpin and Jack the Ripper, professional tour guide and inveterate ghost hunter Richard Jones leaves no haunted house or lost soul unmentioned. Join him on a truly hair-raising journey through shadowed alleyways, sleepy pubs and the darkest recesses of London’s historic homes – if you dare!
Chillingly illustrated with atmospheric pictures and complete route maps – and with full details of transport, opening times and the moments when ghosts are most likely to appear – Walking Haunted London is another winning title from New Holland’s London series.
Walking London (New Edition)
Walking London is the essential companion for any urban explorer – visitor or native – committed to discovering the true heart of one of the world’s greatest capital cities.
In 30 original walks, distinguished historian Andrew Duncan reveals miles of London’s endlessly surprising landscape. From wild heathland to formal gardens, cobbled mews to elegant squares and arcades, bustling markets to tranquil villages – Duncan reveals the pick of the famous sights, but also steers walkers off the tourist track and into the city’s hidden corners.
Handsomely illustrated with specially commissioned colour photographs and complete route maps, the book provides full details of addresses, opening times and the best bars and restaurants to visit en route.
Walking London’s Parks & Gardens
London is as famous for its green spaces as for the historic buildings surrounding them. Walking London,s Parks and Gardens takes you on 24 walks around over 30 of the most historic and beautiful parks and gardens that flourish in the capital.
The walks range from the Chelsea Physic Garden (the second oldest apothecaries, garden in England) to the 2,500 acres of Richmond Park, former royal hunting forest and London,s largest park. It includes beautiful clusters of garden squares that have been imaginatively woven into walks through central London,s most graceful districts, such as Bloomsbury and Westminster.
Each walk is set in the area,s historic context and includes detailed information on features and highlights, such as plantings, statuary and architecture.
Wonderfully illustrated with specially commissioned colour photographs and easy-to-follow route maps, the book provides full details of addresses, opening times and the best bars and restaurants to visit en route.
Watching Wildlife in London
The first eight chapters provide an informative ,where to watch, guide describing key sites from the centre to the suburbs, along with what you can expect to see there. This ranges from wildfowl and birds of prey in the centre of town to deer and other mammals around Richmond, and from butterfly and wildflower hot-spots to a haven for wading birds and Water Voles beside the Thames. Each chapter gives a general overview of the terrain and the wildlife present, and series of boxed texts look in detail at interesting case studies, or personal ,pages from the notebook,. The final third of the book is a fully illustrated colour identification guide to 500 of the most common or remarkable species found in the capital, covering birds, animals, invertebrates and plants. The writing style is easy-going and engaging, aimed at a lay audience of city residents and visitors alike. There is also a great deal to interest the experienced naturalist.
Contents: Introduction, The Streets of London, The Thames, The Royal Parks, Deer Parks of the South-west, Eastern Marshlands and Western Reservoirs, The Lee Valley, Hidden Gems, Colour ID section covering 500 species found in London.
Walking London’s Statues and Monuments
A captivating addition to New Holland,s London walks list, focussing on important, memorable or beautiful statues, sculptures and monuments around London. The 13 walks featured take around one to two hours to complete and each take in between 20 and 40 works. The reader is given all the relevant information about both the walk and the work of art, which include themes such as historical, armed forces, theatre and all current sculpture in London from Hyde Park to Greenwich, including Canary Wharf (with a view to the 2012 Olympics).
The book is elegantly illustrated with artworks of the statues drawn in pen and ink with a colour wash. With classical and modern sculptures to visit, the book provides a fascinating overview of the people and events the capital has chosen to commemorate and the way different artists have undertaken their commissions.