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Book Review: Secret London An Unusual Guide by Rachel Howard and Bill Nash

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Secret London: An Unusual Guide by Rachel Howard and Bill Nash is, as the name implies, a Jonglez Publishing guidebook to some of the more obscure, off-the-beaten path destinations in London. None of the entries would ever show up on the itineraries of most tourists, and that is what makes this book so valuable.

Since London is an ancient city, one that is almost 2,000 years old, it’s not surprising that many of entries in this guide are themselves quite old. From the grave of a Roman teenager who died circa 350 A.D. to Henry VIII’s wine cellar, there is an impressive amount of curious history in these pages.

One of the things that impressed me the most about this guide is that, even though it respects the tremendous amount of history in London, this guide also includes a decent amount of entries from the modern era, all of which are quite impressive. This includes the Circus Space, which offers university degrees in all manner of circus skills as well as a unique film theatre, Studio 23.

Entries in this guide are primarily organized by location, but there is also a thematic guide. Thus, if one is searching for unusual galleries and museums or destinations with a sports theme, it’s easy to find precisely what one is looking for.

All of this makes Secret London: An Unusual Guide an ideal guidebook for anyone looking to explore some of the more unusual sites in London.

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