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  • Published: 26 November 2021
  • ISBN: 9781847948236
  • Imprint: Random House Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 560
  • RRP: $35.00

Cruickshank's London: A Portrait of a City in 13 Walks

An idiosyncratic and beautifully illustrated guide to walking the city, by the nation's favourite architectural historian

'The perfect guide to the hidden history of London's streets.' BBC History Magazine

In Cruickshank's London, Britain's favourite architectural historian describes thirteen walks through one of the greatest cities on earth. From the mysterious Anglo-Saxon origins of Hampstead Heath, via Christopher Wren's magisterial City churches, to the industrial bustle of Victorian Bermondsey, each walk explores a crucial moment in our history - and reveals how it helped forge the modern city. Along the way, Cruickshank peppers the book with vivid photographs, sketches and maps, so you can immediately follow in his footsteps.

Every street in London contains a story. This book invites you to hear them.

  • Published: 26 November 2021
  • ISBN: 9781847948236
  • Imprint: Random House Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 560
  • RRP: $35.00

About the author

Dan Cruickshank

Dan Cruickshank is an architectural historian and television presenter. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, a member of the Executive Committee of the Georgian Group, and on the Architectural Panel of the National Trust. His recent work includes the BBC television programmes Civilisation Under Attack (2015) and At Home with the British (2016), and the books A History of Architecture in 100 Buildings (2015) and Spitalfields (2016). He lives in London.

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Praise for Cruickshank's London: A Portrait of a City in 13 Walks

[An] inspiringly illustrated guide to walks across London . . . The book is engagingly personal. It proves how much we can miss if we don’t pay close attention to our surroundings and doing these walks will keep one fit to boot. It’s a nice way to tick someone’s name off your Christmas shopping list – or you might just decide to keep it for yourself.

Country Life

There can be few people more passionate about Georgian architecture than Dan Cruickshank . . . His book is a call to explore London, because every street contains a story.

Daily Telegraph

Such a beautiful book . . . Absolutely fascinating.


Dan Cruickshank reveals the capital . . . Each of these walks explores a crucial site in London's history with maps, information and anecdotes. From big-hitters like the Tower of London and St Pancras Station to less-glamorous locales, including Dagenham Civic Centre, Cruickshank finds great stories in the Big Smoke.

Best Travel Books, Shortlist

Historic walks covering all corners of the city . . . [Cruickshank] tells little known stories including the West Ham churches inscribed with the occult symbols of the Knights Templar, and the features of Tower Bridge that were included to appease Queen Victoria’s temper.


A closer look at our magnificent city, under the eagle eye of Dan Cruickshank.

Robert Elms, BBC Radio London

The mixture of wide historical coverage and precise detail that characterizes Dan Cruickshank’s television excursions is generously present . . . All power to Cruickshank and his intrepid and knowledgeable kind. We need them.


Featuring maps and photographs, this new book is the perfect guide to the hidden history of London’s streets.

BBC History Magazine

For armchair walkers or history buffs wanting a stroll with a headful of interesting facts to share, it’s an excellent guide.

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