A luscious illustrated edition of this enthralling miscellany of facts about London
Bestselling author Christopher Winn takes you on a captivating journey around London, now in a lavish new illustrated format. Travelling through the villages and districts that made up the world’s must dynamic metropolis, I Never Knew That About London unearths the hidden gems of legends, firsts, inventions, adventures and birthplaces that shape the city’s sometimes turbulent past.
See the Chelsea river views that inspired Turner in his final years. Explore London’s finest country house in Charlton and unearth the secrets of the mother of Parliaments and discover the village that gave its name to a car and the Russian word for station. With gorgeous colour illustrations throughout, this miscellany reveals the steeple which became the model for the traditional wedding cake, the home of the sandwich, and the house which was home to Handel and Jimi Hendrix.
Brimming with stories and snippets, Winn provides a spellbinding insight into what has shaped our capital. This beautifully illustrated book is guaranteed to inform and amuse in equal measure.
“A delightful and informative addition to the capital's literary legacy...Winn's touch is always light, and his knowledge is never overbearing, so the selections and observations remain unfailingly interesting...I Never Knew That About London will not fail to enhance months, even years, of gentle urban exploration...Any number of morning or weekend outings can be constructed from these rich pages.”
Rory MacLean, Guardian online
“a winner; a must have and will not lie neglected choked with dust; rather it will terminate in well dog eared tatters *****”
Gary Busby, Amazon