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Ben le Vay's Eccentric London: a Practical Guide to a Curious City

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London is becoming the most cosmopolitan city on earth with massive infrastructure improvements in time for the 2012 Olympics without losing its secrets, its soul -– what someone recently called its endless reserves of cool. Benedict le Vay reveals London's most bizarre and macabre secrets with his novel approach, which doubles both as a thematic guide to the hidden attractions of the streets of London and a compelling insight into the citizens and culture of this historic city....

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Overview

London is becoming the most cosmopolitan city on earth with massive infrastructure improvements in time for the 2012 Olympics without losing its secrets, its soul -– what someone recently called its endless reserves of cool. Benedict le Vay reveals London's most bizarre and macabre secrets with his novel approach, which doubles both as a thematic guide to the hidden attractions of the streets of London and a compelling insight into the citizens and culture of this historic city.

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'Those who read it are unlikely ever to look at London or Londoners the same way again.' Britain Calling'One of the best (guides to London).'The Mayfair Times'Beautifully illustrated with lavish colour photography and black and white drawings. Worth buying for the front cover alone.'Essex Courier'An endlessly fascinating book, written with huge charm, that explores the eclectic curiosities of London past and present.'The Good Book Guide
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841623948
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/3/2012
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 775,229
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Part 1: Eccentric Londoners and their odd pursuits Chapter 2 Eccentric LondonersChapter 3 Eccentric ShoppingChapter 4 Murderous and Battlefield LondonChapter 5 Eccentric PastimesChapter 6 Career EccentricsChapter 7 Dead Eccentric London Part 2: The eccentric city with all its oddities Chapter 8 Immortalised LondonChapter 9 London's Road to EccentricityChapter 10 Beneath the Eccentric CityChapter 11 The Eccentric Church and London's Surprising FaithsChapter 12 Home of EccentricsChapter 13 Eccentric BuildingsChapter 14 Monumentally EccentricChapter 15 Eccentric GardensChapter 16 An Eccentric Place: Boozers, Beasts And Bogs Part 3: Village London - Six really weird days out. The odd, bizarre and almost unbelievable in London's villages, with maps and walking tours: Chapter 17 DulwichChapter 18 GreenwichChapter 19 HammersmithChapter 20 HampsteadChapter 21 KensingtonChapter 22 Wimbledon Part 4: Bizarre bits of Inner London - Six strange excursions. Fascinating forays into London's inner secrets, with maps and walking tours: Chapter 23 The CityChapter 24 Earl's CourtChapter 25 Fleet StreetChapter 26 SohoChapter 27 SouthwarkChapter 28 Whitechapel Part 5: Useful Information Chapter 29 London's Eccentric Year Reading list IndexUnderground map and station index

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