There were so many options for this week’s The Broke and the Bookish Top Ten Tuesday topic – Top Ten Books I’d Recommend To X Person – but in the end I decided to choose ten books for people travelling to London. Because you know, someone might be looking for such a list.
Someone like me!
Cue ALL THE YAYS!
Half the fun of a holiday is in the planning. I’ve picked ten books that will set me on the path to a London visit that will be crammed with sightseeing, memorable walks, good food and perhaps a spot of shopping.
1. London Gin by Thea Bennett – Okay, it’s not really a tourist guide but hey, London is home to my favourite drink (and there’s a book about it).
2. The Rough Guide to Vintage London by Sam Cook – Because yes, Art Deco cafes are on my list.
3. LUXE London by LUXE City Guides – totally loved the New York LUXE guide, expect the London guide will be equally as fab.
4. London Design Guide 2014-15 by Max Fraser – promises “a fresh insight into the city’s design retailers, galleries, museums and bookshops”. Ace. I love fresh insights as much as I love gin.
5. A Guide to Dickens’ London by Daniel Tyler – for something a little bookish.
6. Slow London by Robin Barton – take time to smell the roses… Or in this case, the Algerian Oak in Kew Gardens.
7. Secret London – Unusual Bars and Restaurants by Rachel Howard – well a girl’s gotta eat.
8. A Guide to London’s Classic Cafes and Fish and Chip Shops by Tom Howells – ditto above.
9. London Pub Walks by Bob Steel – doesn’t that sound excellent?!
10. Wallpaper City Guide London 2013 by Wallpaper – because I’m beyond Lonely Planet but I’m not quite old enough for Frommer’s London.