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Bizarre London : discover the capital's secrets & surprises
Long, David, 1961- , author.
Publication Information:
New York : Skyhorse Publishing, 2013.

Physical Description:
x, 258 pages ; 21 cm
General Note:
"A Herman Graf book"--Title page.

"First published in the UK by Constable, an imprint of Constable & Robinson Ltd, 2013"--Title page verso.
Gruesome London -- Ghostly London -- Building London -- Spy's London -- Under London -- Monumental London -- Dead London -- Royal London -- Shopping London -- Green London -- Eccentrics' London -- Eating London -- Working London -- Boozy London -- Private London -- Military London -- Illegal London -- Sporting London -- Driving London -- Parliamentary London -- Ceremonial London -- Esoteric London.
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DA679 .L67 2013 Adult Non-Fiction Travel

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A charming gift book of the strangest and most intriguing stories of London.

A fascinating tour of London's strangest and most intriguing locations. Ranging from architectural evidence of past incidents and stories of life beneath the city, to anecdotes of magic, mystery, and murder, this is a perfect companion for anyone curious about London.

It includes: A Museum of Magical Curiosities; The City's Lost Tunnels and Citadels; The Ghost of a She-Wolf; The Bawdy House Riots; The Story of "Jack the Stripper"; The Atmospheric Railway; The Thames Ringway Bicycle Race; A Banker Hanged at Newgate; The Crossdressing Highwayman; Bluebottles, Rozzers and Woodentops; The Hidden Statue of a Beaver; The "Belgravia of Death"; Whitehall's Licensed Brothel; Pin-Makers, Mole-Takers and Rat Catchers; Drinking in "The Bucket of Blood"; London's Most Haunted House.

All of London is here!

Author Notes

David Long: A writer and journalist for nearly 30 years, David Long is the author of more than a dozen books, mostly on London and with titles reflecting an unquenchable thirst for the quirkier, lesser known aspects of its long history, continually changing streetscape and often eccentric inhabitants. He lives in London, England.

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Library Journal Review

Long, a prolific writer on all things London, presents a fact-filled romp through many aspects of the city from gruesome and ghostly to military and parliamentary. Want to brush up on obscure knowledge of England's capital? Then this is the book you're looking for! Do you know what the white spike on London Bridge commemorates? Or which square in London is haunted by a chicken? Long provides answers to these questions and many others. He leaves no corner of London uncovered as he offers travelers insight into out-of-the-way destinations to fulfill any esoteric interest. Looking to visit an unusual museum? How about the London Sewing Machine Museum? Looking for a good pub? Long recommends 17 of them in "Britain's Best Pub Crawl." VERDICT Anglophiles and travelers alike will revel in the London oddities Long has uncovered in this fun-to-peruse book.-Lacy S. Wolfe, Ouachita Baptist Univ. Lib., Arkadelphia, AR (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.