: ' London books'

London Books Review: Curiocity

Not so much Mao's Little Red Book, this tome runs to 450 A4 page and has been described as a love letter to the capital [...]

London Books Review: Bomb Damage Maps

The wealth of detail here was the result of the dangerous and distressing surveys undertaken by 'ruin recorders' in the aftermath of German bombing raids [...]

Train your Brain

I’ve always enjoyed writing but it wasn’t until I picked up one particular fare on an autumn evening some years back that I decided to take it seriously [...]

London Books Review: London Taxi Driver Slang

My favourite is The Gas Works, summed up as The Houses of Parliament: hot air at extortionate prices [...]

A rocky ride

Hoxton was in Davidson’s time, one of the poorest boroughs in London, and in this little account, the author takes you into the Hoxton housing estates full of villains, gangs and young men asserting themselves both [...]

A study in scarlet

Everyone knows that Sherlock Holmes lived at 221b Baker Street, but, there is a problem when Sir Arthur Conan Doyle penned Sherlock Holmes number 221b didn't exist [...]

Curious title, Curiocity

Energetic, eccentric and eclectic comes to mind when describing Curiocity: In pursuit of London, the recently published Penguin Random House book by Henry Eliot and Matt Lloyd-Rose [...]

Up in smoke

Ask Londoners of their favourite building and you’re likely to get a number of different answers: St. Paul’s, the Houses of Parliament or possibly the Shard. Define your question to enquiring of their favourite industrial building [...]

Hidden Treasures of London

In the preface author Michael McNay describes his London as ‘dirty, noisy, generally tiresome and good to get away from in the evenings’. As arts editor of the Guardian, the paper he worked on for 37 [...]

Streets of Sin

In October 2010 I got a fare to take a famous writer to his home which presciently was situated near the summit of one of the most famous hills in London – Notting Hill. Richard Curtis [...]