8. Untamed London - Herb Lester
If you’re looking for a less heavy read, but still want to immerse yourself in the uniqueness and wildness of London, Untamed London is a great read for your trip.
Perfect for nature lovers, this colourful, playful guide charts the untouched corners of London including ancient woodland, meadows, marshes and rivers. It also shines a light on the places where nature and wild plants have won the battle against humanity, leading you to parts of London where you’re far less likely to encounter a selfie stick.
From the ancient forests of north London to the abandoned sewage works of the East, this guide is perfect for travellers who want to find, and learn about, the wild side of London.
9. In Search of London - H. V Morgans
In Search Of London is a remarkable account of London from H. V Morgans point of view. After travelling to London in the early 1950s, he shares his colourful and timeless stories of the time he spent in London just after the war, resulting in some of the most celebrated travel writing about the city.
He explores everything from the City and the Temple, Covent Garden, Soho, and all the "submerged villages beneath the flood of bricks and mortar," and does a remarkable job at uncovering various layers of post-war London.
10. Londoners - Craig Taylor
They say a city is defined by its people, and London is no exception. Home to nearly nine million people, London is awash with characters with hugely different backgrounds and stories. And this is the book that really explores those stories.
“Londoners” investigates the lives of the real people living in London, exploring their stories, recalling their memories, and expressing their dreams.
The book explores endless, varied characters, from black cab drivers to soldiers at Buckingham Palace.
The book was published just ahead of the 2012 London Olympic Games, serving as a personal introduction to Londoners for the influx of visitors coming to enjoy their city.
Central London Accommodation with Stay Central
If you’re planning on visiting London, Stay Central offers a range of different accommodation options for your trip. With our accommodation options based in Bloomsbury, the literary heart of London, there couldn’t be a better place for a book fan to stay.
Our affordable accommodation is nestled in the heart of the city, meaning you’ll be able get around London on foot, as well as having easy access to public transport to explore further afield.
Our accommodation also includes well-equipped and spacious self-catered apartments in beautiful Georgian buildings perfect for groups, as well as bed and breakfast options, including single and double rooms and flats. We are strictly following all of the government's guidelines around COVID-19 safety and have introduced frequent and thorough deep cleaning processes throughout all of our accommodation.
If you’d like to find out about our accommodation options, visit Stay Central now.