If you are looking for a smart guide to London, then look no further. "The Most Amazing Places to Visit in London" has everything you need.
Have you just arrived in London and don't know how to start getting around the town or maybe you're a tourist looking for walking routes, but not only around the most important attractions? Or maybe you've lived your whole life in London but would like to get to know the city better? Then the book "The Most Amazing Places to Visit in London: More Than 400 Unusual, Surprising and Captivating Spots in London" by Reader's Digest is for you. It's a well written and edited guide, featuring the most obvious places but also those which are not so popular. And it's very handy to take on (almost) any walk around London.
The book is divided into 10 chapters. Each of them describes a different part of the town: City, Central, West End, Westminster & St. James, Southbank & Beyond, Kensington, North, West & Southwest, Southeast and East. The book is easy to navigate as each chapter contains a map with numbers on it, which refers to a description of a chosen place. Thanks to them you're not going to get lost. Every chapter contains a description of its most important attractions, like Somerset House and Royal Courts of Justice for Central (The Strand) or House of Parliament and Westminster Abbey for Westminster & St. James. But there is also space for less obvious places like restaurants (The Fish Club in Clapham Junction) and shops (The Hive Honey Shop in Battersea) or Table Tennis at Rosemary Gardens in Islington or Scootercaffe in Waterloo. Each description is not too short and not too long, presenting enough details and history background, together with the physical address. The only thing I felt lack of would be phone numbers, email addresses and websites, especially in case of businesses.
Why is this guide worth recommending? Why it is different than the others? It encourages you to walk and discover things on your own, because while going along the routes, you will be discovering your own attractions. Moreover, when I first browsed it I felt like it opened a new world for me – I knew some of the featured places, but I got to know them better, especially in terms of history and their background but many were new for me and the book encouraged me to go and see them. There are not too many pictures, which is good and the writing is on a good level. Last but not the least, it is a good size to pack in your bag and go and discover the town.