"You find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." - Samuel Johnson
TRAVELING TO LONDON
London is truly one of the world's best travel destinations, with almost unrivaled sightseeing, thousands of years of history, attractive parks, world-class theater, and its own unique character. We highly recommend at least five days to attempt to explore all there is to offer. Here are our suggestions on the best travel books for London.
DK Eyewitness Travel: London
One of the best travel guides for London is published by DK Eyewitness Travel, mainly because of the strength of their custom maps, hand-made drawings, and beautiful photos. London is a huge city with wonderful neighborhoods and quite simply a ton to see and do. This guide is easy to understand, with solid coverage both of the major tourist attractions and of some lesser-known neighborhoods and sights.
Lonely Planet: London
Those looking for an even more comprehensive guide for a visit to London might prefer Lonely Planet. Their coverage focuses on finding insider-type recommendations on anything to help a traveler, with sincere attention paid to the culture and history of this unique city. We like their coverage of neighborhoods, their ability to find interesting things to experience, and the honesty of their reviews.
The Good Pub Guide
The definitive guide to the pubs of London and the UK is the Good Pub Guide. The publication has been around for many years and includes the most comprehensive list of detailed reviews of virtually any pub worth visiting. They claim to be Britain’s bestselling travel guide for the last 30 years, and we believe it. The website is also very helpful.
London: The Novel, by Edward Rutherfurd
London is an amazing fictional novel by Edmund Rutherfurd chronicling the rich history of this amazing city, from the birth of the Thames River in 54 B.C. all the way to 1997, using an imagined and incredibly detailed background of several prominent imaginary families. It is a remarkable book, factually truthful and highly enjoyable, covering the social and political lives of all classes, from slaves to kings. Click here for our review on London: The Novel.