We’re announcing a special deal today inspired by some suggestions from Anglotopia and Londontopia followers. We’ve created a new bundle in the Anglotopia store we’re calling the London Bundle, and it’s your chance to get a FREE Guidebook! The London Bundle includes our two recently announced titles coming out this Autumn - London Tube 101 and The 2023 London Annual, plus a … [Read more...] about Introducing the London Bundle – Get a FREE London Guidebook!
Exciting news. We have decided to continue the London Annual for 2023. As we’ve done in the past, we’re opening up pre-orders today to gauge demand overall, and it will release in October, just in time for the holiday season, and the travel season for 2023. The biggest component of the London Annual for 2023 will be the events and exhibitions section, compiled by Laura … [Read more...] about London Alert: Announcing the Beautiful London Annual for 2023 – Special Holiday Weekend Pre-order Offer!
Around this time of year, the question arises of what to get your family members for the holidays. While books can seem about as sexy a gift as socks, they can be enticing to the bibliophiles in your life. In fact, if you know someone planning to take a vacation trip to London, they can help inform their trip and give them new things to do or a better understanding of what … [Read more...] about The Fiver – Five London Books as Christmas Gifts
Westminster is one of London’s largest and most important boroughs. A city in its own right, it contains the Houses of Parliament, Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace, Whitehall, Westminster Abbey, Piccadilly Circus, and many more. With all there is to see here, you might not be thinking about finding a good bookshop, but that’s where we come into the picture. We have found five … [Read more...] about The London Fiver – Five Bookshops to Visit in the City of Westminster
Anglotopia has a new book out, and I think it’s going to become one of our cornerstone titles. We originally launched pre-orders for this back in March during the Save Anglotopia Appeal, and the publishing process delayed the release a little bit. But I’m happy to report that the book is now on its way to everyone who ordered back in the spring. Again, we would like to thank … [Read more...] about London Alert: 101 UK Culture Tips: A Field Guide to British Culture is now officially published
Many people enjoy reading a good book, whether curled on the count, in your bed, under a tree, wherever. Books take us to other times, other places, and even other worlds. There are plenty of places to enjoy books in London as the city includes some of the country’s greatest libraries, bookshops, and museums dedicated to the written word. If you have a love of literature, … [Read more...] about London Fiver: Five of the Best Places in London for Bibliophiles
One of the most prolific mystery writers of all time, Agatha Christie wrote as many as 75 works over her career and created such well-know characters as Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. Many of her stories featuring both characters and other literary sleuths she created largely take place in London. These works rely on places familiar to most readers as well as locales that … [Read more...] about Exploring Agatha Christie’s London – Places to See for Mystery Fans!
London photographer Peter Dazeley's beautiful photos of London's Theatres were released in a book a few years ago and as a fan of London, architecture and pretty pictures, I loved the book. Well, this year, the publisher has issued a new edition, with ten additional theatres included. Peter has contacted us and offered to let us share a selection of the pictures from this … [Read more...] about Through the Lens: Behind the Scenes of London’s (Closed) Theatres From New London Theatres Book
Lambeth Palace Library has been kept within Lambeth Palace for 400 years, but things are changing as a new Library is currently under construction. ABOUT LAMBETH PALACE Across the river Thames from the Houses of Parliament (Palace of Westminster), Lambeth Palace is a working palace and for over 800 years has been the Archbishop of Canterbury's residence. In 1197 land was … [Read more...] about Laura’s London: Exploring Lambeth Palace Library
I love books. I love London. London has the best bookshops in the world. Here’s my roundup of my top five favorites. We’ve made a note of which ones will be happy to send your book finds back home, so you don’t have to worry about cramming everything back into your suitcase! Hatchards -The word I would use to describe Hatchards is Stately. It’s the oldest bookstore in Britain … [Read more...] about LONDON TOP FIVE: Our Personal Favorite Bookstores in London – What’s Your Favorite?
It’s that time of year again - time to begin our orders for the London Annual - our guide to what to see and do in London in 2019. This is our third year in producing this special publication and it has become very popular. We're taking advance orders for two weeks! This year’s London Annual will be in the same format as last year’s; it will be 128 full-color pages. It's … [Read more...] about London Alert: Announcing the 2019 London Annual Guide to London in 2019 – Pre-orders Now Open
LAST CALL - London Annual 2018 Hey, everyone! We need a final quantity count for the 2018 London Annual as we'll be ordering the print run very soon. Because it's 128 pages and expensive to print, we can't order too many extras, so we have to be precise. We need to sell another 100 units for this to be a success, can you help get us there? So, if you want to make sure you … [Read more...] about London Alert: LAST CALL for the 2018 London Annual Special Guidebook – Need Final Count
While Dickens was not born in the city, he came to live there at a young age. It wasn’t long after moving that his father, John Dickens, was thrown into Marshalsea Prison for failure to pay his debts. This event would have quite an impact on the future author, leading many of his novels to deal with the plight of London’s impoverished masses. Even after becoming a famous … [Read more...] about Exploring Charles Dickens’s London
Stories provide an interesting viewpoint into other people's lives and describe the world in much more detail than other media such as television, film, or radio. What's more, they allow authors to pull from many aspects of these lives and viewpoints to paint a broad picture and help an audience to live in someone else's shoes. Over its history, London has seen countless … [Read more...] about The London Fiver – Five of the Best Novels Set in London – What’s Your Favourite?
Not necessarily a library in someone’s home, a private (or independent) library is one that relies on membership fees and donations rather than public funds. Centuries ago, nearly all libraries in the UK were private except for Chetham’s Library in Manchester. While public libraries are now the norm, many private libraries still exist that require membership in order to … [Read more...] about World of Books: 10 of London’s Private Subscription Libraries
One of my most favorite spots to visit in London is the secondhand book market located under Waterloo Bridge on the Southbank. You'll always find something new and the books I have found are a cherished part of my British book library. This interview from 1,000 Londoners gives some insight into the market. Very interesting! … [Read more...] about Video: Short Film About the Man That Runs Book Market Under Waterloo Bridge
The world’s most famous fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes was created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and first appeared in the story, “A Study in Scarlet” in the 1887 edition of Beeton’s Christmas Annual. Despite Holmes’ first appearing in print that year, it wasn’t until 1891 that Doyle moved to London to set up an eye treatment practice at 2 Upper Wimpole Street. By that point, … [Read more...] about Elementary My Dear Watson: Exploring Sherlock Holmes’ London
One of the perks of running this website is that we get sent books all the time that would interest us. One of the downsides is that we get sent books all the time leading to a stack all the way up to the ceiling of books we haven’t had time to review. So, in an effort to clear the pile, here’s a round-up of London related books we’ve received. Swimming London by Jenny … [Read more...] about London Books: The Great London Guidebook Round-up – Reviews Inside
If you’re like me, you’re a voracious reader. You may even be working on more than one book at a time. While larger book shops are certainly fun to browse, sometimes a specialty bookshop will have what you’re looking for—no matter how obscure the title. As London is filled with specialty shops from strange nick-knacks to bespoke umbrellas, you better believe it has a number of … [Read more...] about The London Fiver – Five Brilliant Specialty Bookshops To Pop Into On Your Next Trip
There’s nothing quite like cracking open a big photography book about London, so it was with great excitement that I received a copy of Unseen London by photographer Peter Dazeley (which text written by Marc Daly). It’s a tour of iconic London buildings that aren’t tourist attractions and are generally not open to the public. Some are in danger, some are being redeveloped, … [Read more...] about London Books: Unseen London by Peter Dazeley – A Look at London Buildings Not Normally Open to the Public
There are tons of guidebooks about London out there - heck, even we’ve written one ourselves. Most guidebooks focus on tourist and are more box-ticking guides to London than anything else. The Blue Guide to London is much different. The Blue Guide to London is essentially a London Guidebook that instead of focusing on tourist information, focuses on the cultural framework of … [Read more...] about London Books: The Blue Guide to London – Fascinating Cultural Guide to London You’ll Have to Take On Your Next Trip
Editor's Note: The following is an excerpt, provided by the publisher, of London Night and Day: A guide to Where The Other Books Don't Take you. Illustrated by Osbert Lancaster, according to the Guardian ‘one of the great English comic artists of the twentieth century’, this is an unmissable treasure for lovers of London and of design. Arranged by hour of the day, it guides the … [Read more...] about Book Excerpt: Exploring London by Day and by Night in 1950’s London
Many Londonphiles may not know there are actually two London's - there’s Greater London which is governed under the Mayor of London (currently Boris Johnson) but there is also The City of London, which comprises of the approximately square mile spit of land in the center of London which has it’s own mayor and form of government and has done its own thing for almost a thousand … [Read more...] about London Books: The City of London Freeman’s Guide by Paul Jagger – An Excellent Peek Into the Secret World of the City of London
It is often said that London is not a city, but a loose collection of villages and towns that collectively call themselves London. London's growth was organic, as it grew, it swallowed up smaller villages and towns. As it did - those areas kept their names. Islington. Primrose Hill. Hampstead Heath. Marylebone. All names that in the same thought, evoke London and also … [Read more...] about London Books: London Villages by Zena Alkayat
Rarely do I fall immediately in love with a book when it comes in the mail. But as soon as I opened the package containing Old Covent Garden by Clive Boursnell, I was smitten. Covent Garden is one of our favorite areas of London and I've always been fascinated by its market history. We even wrote an article recently about Covent Garden. This book focuses on the final days … [Read more...] about London Books: Old Covent Garden by Clive Boursnell