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walks in London

25 Walks: in and Around London by Andrew McCloy

Synopsis The walks contrast the pageant and history of the city centre with the country parks, open spaces and green hideaways around its fringe.

London by tube

Collins London by Tube

Synopsis MAIN FEATURES This handy pocket sized spiral atlas is designed for those who travel around London using the Underground system. It is equally useful for commuters, business people, visitors and tourists. The product simplifies the process of using the London Underground by listing and indexing all the street names and places of interest in central London to their nearest tube station. These streets and places are then referenced to a map centred on the tube station. The mapped area around each tube station extends to one mile so that all locations shown are within half a mile of the station and therefore within easy walking distance. INCLUDES - Detailed maps showing streets and important places within walking distance of the nearest tube station - Exits from tube stations clearly shown - Tube stations colour coded to show connecting lines WHO PRODUCT IS AIMED AT Specifically aimed at visitors who plan to travel by tube, showing all the places which can be easily visited on foot from each of the Underground stations

Country Walks Around London

Country Walks Around London by Geoff Garvey et al.

Synopsis A collection of 25 walks based on the London Transport system. Located in a fairly even spread around the capital, alternative routes are given so that the length can be varied. The guide includes details of places to visit, history, how to get there from the city, and where to eat and drink.


Discovering London Plaques by Derek Sumeray.

Synopsis All London's commemorative plaques are recorded in this book with a brief history of the person or event noted on the plaques. Indexes refer to streets, postal code areas & vocations.

Edward Wssex's Crown and Country

Edward Wessex's Crown and Country by Edward Wessex.

Synopsis In this text, HRH Prince Edward takes the reader on a journey through the history of London's royal connections and explains the architectural heritage of some of the world's most cherished royal landmarks.

Gilbert and Sullivan's London

Gilbert and Sullivan's London by Andrew Goodman, Mike Leigh.

Synopsis Moving around London, backwards and forwards in time, the author unfolds the story of Gilbert and Sullivan in the places where they lived and worked. In doing so the text recalls the grandeur of the city's entertainment palaces, its atmospheric nightlife, and its squalor and splendour.

Around London

Glory Days: Western Region Steam Around London by Kevin McCormack.

Synopsis McCormack recalls the period in the late 1950s and early 1960s when steam was still the dominant form of motive power on the Western Region but was recognised as being under threat. The book explores the varied Western Region operations during the last decades of steam operation on the main lines into London. In the GLORY DAYS series.

Great Weekend in London

A Great Weekend In: London by De Haro.

Major international cities easily reachable by plane or train. Packed with recommendations for hotels, restaurants, cafis, shops and places to see, with addresses, opening times and descriptions. Easy to use area-by-area presentation. Sightseeing, restaurant and shopping recommendations all contained within the same spread - no need to cross reference. Detailed shopping guide with addresses and opening times - more than any other guide Extremely competitive price and very manageable pocket/handbag format.

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The London Encyclopaedia

The London Encyclopaedia by Ben Weinreb, Christopher Hibbert (Editor).

Synopsis A revised and updated reference book, comprised of 5000 entries, organized alphabetically and cross-referenced. Everything that is important in the history and culture of London is documented, from its first settlement to the present day.


London and North Western Railway by M.C. Reed.

Synopsis An illustrated history of the London and North Western Railway, which provides an insight into the workings of a company that at one time had the largest locomotive fleet, the greatest number of staff and the highest proportion of quadruple track.

London Suburbs

London Suburbs by Andrew Smart(Editor), Andrew Saint (Introduction).

Synopsis From a Utopian ideal to the reality of the late 20th century, this book raises questions about the continuing attempt to link the city with the country.

  London Villages by John Wittich.
  The Lost Rivers of London by Nicholas Barton.
Ordnace Survey Cycle Tours: Around London

Ordnance Survey Cycle Tours: Around London by Nick Cotton (Editor)

Synopsis A guide to 14 on-road and ten off-road cycle tours in the London area, highlighted on Ordnance Survey Landranger mapping at a scale of 1:50,000, with directions alongside. Additional information includes an introduction to the locality of each route, places of interest, and refreshment stops.

in and around London

Pathfinder: In and Around London by Brian Conduit.

Synopsis A guide to 28 walks in the London area, within the M25 motorway. All walks contain directions, maps, and photographs and are graded according to difficulty. Includes information on public transport to reach the starting point and details of refreshment stops en route.

Walking Village London : Original Walks Through 25 London Villages by Andrew Duncan

Synopsis Many of London's rural villages have disappeared into the urban sprawl, but some have retained their character and appearance. The best 22 of these are included in this walking guide. Each walk consists of a scene-setting historical and descriptive introduction, followed by a guided walk containing full directions and details on features encountered "en route". The walks are about two or three miles long and take on average a couple of hours. Each entry has its own map showing the route of the walk, landmarks, places of interest described in the text, places to eat and drink, and locations of public toilets. Listings at the back of the book give opening times of churches and other buildings, and in the case of museums and historic houses, brief descriptions of contents.

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