Top Ten Books for People Travelling to London


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!


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.


18 responses

  1. As a lifelong Londoner I never think to look at guide books for my home city, but I might give Slow London a go – this list was really interesting. I hope you have a wonderful time while you’re over here!

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