- Title: London Curiosities: The Capital's Odd & Obscure, Weird and Wonderful Places
- Author: John Wade
- ISBN: 9781473879119
- Page: 263
- Format: Paperback
London is full of curiosities Who knew that beneath the Albert Memorial lies an undercroft resembling a church crypt Or that there are catacombs under Camden Who would expect to find a lighthouse in East London, sphinxes in South London, dummy houses in West London, or a huge bust of film director Alfred Hitchcock in North London How many of those who walk past CleopatrLondon is full of curiosities Who knew that beneath the Albert Memorial lies an undercroft resembling a church crypt Or that there are catacombs under Camden Who would expect to find a lighthouse in East London, sphinxes in South London, dummy houses in West London, or a huge bust of film director Alfred Hitchcock in North London How many of those who walk past Cleopatra s Needle pause to consider why a 3,000 year old Egyptian monument stands beside the Thames How many know that what was once London s smallest police station can be seen in Trafalgar Square Or that pineapples are used in the architectural design of so many buildings Or why there are memorials to the Mayflower and Pilgrim Fathers in Rotherhithe These are just a few of the facets explored, described and illustrated here for anyone in search of the oddly obscure, wonderfully weird and surprisingly strange in this capital of curiosities.
Recent Comments "London Curiosities: The Capital's Odd & Obscure, Weird and Wonderful Places"
This was a pretty fascinating read. Packed full of hidden gems, this book takes you around London's curiosities, detailing long forgotten pieces of history. The best part of this book also happens to be the worst part it features tons of unique pieces but at the expense of in-depth knowledge. I found myself wanting more than the page or two each "curiosity" was given, and the fact that I had so much information being thrown at me in such a limited space has sort of jumbled the facts in my head. [...]
Although I now live in Australia, I was born and grew up in Kent, not far from London. I went to the city often and believe I know it reasonably well. However, I am always fascinated to learn more, so this book appealed to me the moment I saw it listed on NetGalley. I was thrilled when the publisher approved my request to view it, and when I read it, I wasn't disappointed.Some of the fun, quirky facts Wade shares, I already knew. Nonetheless, there were plenty of things I'd never noticed or real [...]
I would like to thank Pen and sword for sending me a physical copy of the book in return for an honest review. This is a fascinating book that looks at all of the hidden treasures around London. The author obviously knows the city well and takes you on a comprehensive tour. The book will delight those that do not know London and those that live their equally. I have visited London many times and have lived there, this book still gives me yet another insight into that beautiful city. The writing [...]
What a fascinating read! An informative and often surprising journey around London and it's historical buildings and points of interest.From Egyptian sculpture to a random nose stuck to a wall, (not a real one obviously!)John Wades book is full of b/w photos and interesting facts that would please any tourist, local or history lover like myself. I was lucky enough to receive an e~copy of this from NetGalley, and it was brilliant, but it would definitely be better and easier to read as a proper b [...]
I will have a review up on my Blog closer to its release date so keep an eye out.
From Roman Remains to the original London Bridge all the way into the 20th century, John Wade has collected more than a hundred structures around London's 600 square miles that curious visitors might find interesting.
London Curiosities: The Capital's Odd & Obscure, Weird, and Wonderful Places by John Wade is a free advance reader copy of a paperback book that I received from the publisher (Pen & Sword) in exchange for a fair review.With its narration middling somewhere between a guidebook and a info-historical documentary, this book points out the first, the last, the smallest, the biggest, and the most unusual structures & areas of London. My favorite and most remarkable references were to the l [...]
This is such a cool book! Its a listing of all the odd left overs from buildings, bridges, or odd historical relics that have been left around the city of London. The chapters break down various categories such as Clocks, Monuments and Memorials, Roman Remains, etc.Many of the objects in question are surrounded by myth, which are mentioned as well as the real history behind them. For instance, there is a nose that is on a wall in Admiralty Arch. There is a myth that the nose was from a statue of [...]
If you are planning a visit to London, then you should definitely take a look at this book. It is packed full of unique pieces of London’s history. These are the places that you won’t find in the typical tour guide. The book is organized into categories including Surprising Building, the Pineapple Trail, Tunnels Under London and many more. The text was an easy and enjoyable read and there are pictures of everything mentioned. If you’ve been following me, you know I like the odd and quirky [...]
If you have ever been to London you quickly realize the city is full of wonderful architecture, monuments and parks. This book tells the back story behind both the famous and the obscure sites in the city. This is a must read if you intend to travel to the city with a pair of eyes.
Fun to read, can't wait to take it with me on my next trip.
This was a nice read, though there were many times I wanted more detail than it provided. Its biggest issue is that it assumes the reader has complete familiarity with London, especially regarding the locations of various neighborhoods.
I’m one of those nosy people who love to know what every building they see houses, why it was built, and what happened on that spot hundreds of years ago. This book was perfect for me. What is that round church like building in King Edward VII Memorial Park? Or what is that immensely ornate building really used for? What’s the truth about the Camden Catacombs? Why are there so many Egyptian monuments in London? Why are pineapples used to decorate bridges, cathedrals, and railings? All of the [...]
I'm one of those people who love the old stuff. Buildings, furniture, and monuments. This book was perfect for me. There were enough pictures to make me happy, although I'll bet they'll be so much better in a real book, and not the e-book! Loved the background information. Yep, I'd recommend this book. My thanks go out to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy for review.
I was provided this e-book by Pen & Sword in exchange for an honest review. A great alternative history of London. Could also serve as a guidebook. A very interesting and quick-moving read.
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