London: A Guide for Curious Wanderers: THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
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This richly detailed and beautifully illustratedbook provides a miscellany of historic features and curiosities to spot as you wander around the capital. When I was younger my brothers would be taken to football matches at the weekends, I would be taken on day trips to the British museum.
The book is divided four sections: Stepping Through Time (tracing the history of the city); Cracking the Capital's Code (unusual signs and symbols and what they mean); Part of the Street Furniture (things you might walk by without a glance, but which have fascinating backstories); and It's Only Natural (natural features such as bodies of water and parks). After watching videos on tiktok I purchased this book and it was a great addition for my sightseeing trip in London with a friend. Having seen the creator of this book as someone's guest on youtube I knew it would not be too shoddy, but I didn't expect it to be on the slight and gentle side I at first felt it to be.London is famous for its museums, each one full of treasures and relics but the biggest museum in the capital is the city itself. London: A Guide for Curious Wanderers is right up my alley as I adore discovering hidden quirky details in ancient cities which give glimpses into the past and enliven the present. Each entry is precisely the right length to create a harmonious balance with the headings and illustrations.
Whether you’ve always wondered why there are cattle troughs on your route to work, why bollards often look like upside down cannons or wanted to know what a Victorian stink pipe is – this book will provide the tools to decipher London’s secret code, and introduce you to a treasure trove of hidden spots to explore. One of the reasons I love the city so much is because of its rich history, the architecture, and the chaos of the streets. I was getting major wanderlust from leafing through this curious little guide - which proved, once again, that no matter how often you enter London, you will always find new sights to note on your bucket list in this ever-developing place.
This richly detailed and beautifully illustrated book provides a miscellany of historic features and curiosities to spot as you wander around the capital. It has a great knack for not only giving specific examples but making you think about similar things you might find on your wanderings around this endlessly fascinating City of ours.
Whether you’ve always wondered why there are cattle troughs on your route to work, why bollards often look like upside-down cannons or wanted to know what a Victorian stink pipe is – this book will provide the tools to decipher London’s secret code and introduce you to a treasure trove of hidden spots to explore. As a long-time “Curious Wanderer” myself I both know a lot of London’s famous quirks and curios as well as know that there is always more to be discovered.There is a lot of variety in the places of interest on each of the walks to entertain everyone in a group. Which I thought nicely fit the old-fashioned vibes it gives off, since it also delves into the curious street names, urban myths, and origins of peculiar architecture.