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Almost as bad as having to take the Tube to work every day

Advantages: There are a few good bits and pieces
Disadvantages: The writing style is intensely annoying

I like London, in an I-live-there-and-it’s-a-nightmare-but-kind-of-cool way. I also like a good book about the place. Which is why I picked this up in a three for two offer at one of the big bookshops in the West End a while ago. It looked like it might b ...

hogsflesh 17.12.2011 · Read full review
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Review of Underground London - Stephen Smith

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Glorious foundations...

Advantages: An interesting travelogue, with some good bits of information
Disadvantages: Occasional disjointed writing, and no photographs, alas...

It is somewhat hard to see London as the 'flower of cities all' from dozens of feet beneath the surface. However, some of the most intriguing bits of London fall well below the surface on which most people live. London is in many ways like a Middle East ...

frkurt 19.10.2005 · Read full review
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Where The Sun Doesn't Shine

Advantages: Some interesting insights
Disadvantages: Tries too hard to be funny

A book promising to reveal all the secrets of what lies under the streets of London? Yes please! Such were my thoughts when I first became aware of the existence of "Underground London" - subtitles "Travels Beneath the City Streets - by journalist Stephe ...

JoePoirot 20.04.2005 · Read full review
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Time to learn what your walking on

Advantages: Packed full of facinating information
Disadvantages: lacks some detail in places

I picked up this booked whilst working in London for a few weeks thinking i would learn more about the city and that was the understatement of the century. As i greedily absorbed everything Smith told me in the calm yet highly detailed and referenced mann ...

booeymojo 04.12.2008 · Read full review
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Going West

Advantages: Well organised; very informative on the whole
Disadvantages: Few photographs; no entry for St Austell

I originally bought this guide as I was visiting Dartmoor and Cornwall for the first time in 2012. For the majority of holiday destinations I might have been content with borrowing a guidebook from the library, but since one of my sons lives in Bristol an ...

denella 31.05.2013 · Read full review
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Review of Lonely Planet Devon, Cornwall & Southwest England - Oliver Berry, Belinda Dixon

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